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Old 08-28-2010, 02:11 PM   #1
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Don't make the same mistake.

Let me start by saying I'm fortunate enough to be able to park my Surveyor SV291 on the side of the house on a pad I had made for it. I like to go out there often to "putz" around with it regularly so I always leave It plugged in.

Yesterday I happened to unplug it for whatever reason and had to go back inside of it to get something. It was now dark out so I figured no biggie, it has a battery I'll have lights ,right? Wrong! I couldn't figure it out. It has a three stage charger on the camper, so what gives?

Well I couldn't go in for the night now, I had to figure this out. First thing I checked was the battery connection and water. Much to my dismay there was absolutely no water in it. I ended up putting in a whole gallon of water to top it off. Last time I checked it was in the spring and it was fine. It's holding a charge as of today but it hasn't been 24 hours and it seems a little shaky. Lesson learned. CHECK YOUR BATTERY OFTEN!
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Old 08-28-2010, 05:49 PM   #2
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It has a three stage charger on the camper, so what gives? Much to my dismay there was absolutely no water in it. I ended up putting in a whole gallon of water to top it off. Last time I checked it was in the spring and it was fine. It's holding a charge as of today but it hasn't been 24 hours and it seems a little shaky. Lesson learned. CHECK YOUR BATTERY OFTEN!
Sounds like a bad converter. It should not boil your battery dry. Yes it will use water while charging, but should not empty it while on trickle.

Any other folks got an idea?
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Old 08-28-2010, 07:21 PM   #3
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the batteries or the convertor is bad. i leave my trailer plugged in year round parked beside my garage and i have never added any water to the batteries in 4 years. i did the same with my last trailer for years and never ever added water or had any troubles. have your batteries tested and check your convertor voltage or have your dealer look at it.
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Old 08-28-2010, 07:32 PM   #4
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Our last Fleetwood trailer had explicit instructions not to leave it plugged in as it would boil the batteries dry. So yes some converter/charger brands out there will do it. Of course when we bought that trailer the batteries were bone dry. There went another 175 bucks.

I have never made a habit of leaving a trailer plugged into shorepower. I prefer to use a float charger like the battery tender brand. Even try not to use a traditional trickle charger as they can still boil water off albeit at a much slower rate.
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Old 08-29-2010, 04:56 PM   #5
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I also agree-- it's hard to beat a battery tender.
(I have 2)
Also Harbor Freight has a similar knock off that I also own 2 of
and they work fine.
Occasionally those are one sale for a measly $4.
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Old 08-30-2010, 09:46 AM   #6
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Well 48 hours after filling the battery up with water and plugging the camper back in, everything seems to be working fine. The battery has not lost any water, the lights are bright and the camper is showing the battery as fully charged. I'll see if it holds the charge, but so far everything looks good. I'll definitely be keeping a closer eye on this. Good thing we never dry camp.
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We too keep ours plugged in all the time. We have our frig running with food in it so don't want to shut that off. Also when we want to run out and add things to it or just clean it or do mods it is ready. We had the AC on yesterday and cleaned it and reloaded part of it. We have done it this way for many years and hope this new HTT will be the same. Even in the winter we have kept it plugged in and just go out every now and then and run the slide in and out a few times and turn on the lights to keep the battery being used.
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We too keep ours plugged in all the time. We have our frig running with food in it so don't want to shut that off. .
Since that has worked well for you over the years keep it up.
My opinion is that these ammonia RV refrigerators have
a definite use life. They cost a fortune to replace when they
die. We shut ours off and prop the doors open between
trips. Sure we leave it cold when we're going out on consecutive
weekends but if we're home for more than 2 weeks we shut
it off.

I have no hard research to back my choice but we shut ours off between trips.

The same goes for our power center/charger.
We unplug at home and I use a battery tender to keep
the batteries topped up. If we have a near lightning strike
or a spike, the battery tender will be LOTS cheaper (and
easier) to replace than the entire power center.
My 2¢
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