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Old 08-18-2010, 02:57 PM   #11
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Another question and results findings

This morning after charging the batteries for about 2 hours yesterday when connected to the generator (power panel charging batteries), the lights were bright and nothing was dead.. yet! I checked the new Exide batteries and they were full of acid and read 11.89 volts (realizing they were not fully charged).. Once connected to shore power, I can assume the power panel was charging them correctly as they each read 13.58 vdc. I will let them charge for a few days. I found that the brakeaway brake switch had NOT been pulled.. I must then believe that I must have left either the refrigerator switch in another position than OFF, the furnace switch in heat or the radio/lp just drained the batteries. Next question.. I want to install a battery disconnect switch in the fall and locate it some dry, easily accessable location rather than near the batteries on the A-Frame. BUT THAT IS THIS FALL.. in the near term, has anybody had any experience or comments if I use something like depicted in the picture below that is available locally?
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Old 08-18-2010, 04:11 PM   #12
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Sounds like you dodged a bullet!

As to the switch. If you leave the batteries in your camper for the winter; you MUST not use the disconnect and DO keep the unit plugged into shore power (15 amp is fine). That will trickle charge the batteries and keep them warm so they don't freeze.

If you can not (or don't want to) use shore power you "MUST" remove them to a warm place. The batteries will discharge (due to internal resistance) even disconnected and then freeze if you don't.
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Old 08-18-2010, 09:49 PM   #13
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in the near term, has anybody had any experience or comments if I use something like depicted in the picture below that is available locally?
i use a similar Automotive one from Walmart. the knob is green and i had to add an adapter to get the Walmart one to fit on a deep cycle battery. cost about $4.
i've used it for 3 years before a piece broke off from the RV tech working on it. just put a new one on and it works fine. i have to lift the box lid to disconnect but it's works and is cheap.
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Old 08-18-2010, 11:15 PM   #14
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I just got home from a visit to the dealer and a check up of the electrical system. Both new batteries dead. Did the slides a few times just like you and the LP sensor is connected directly to the batteries. It is apparently the law. The battery shut off key does not disconnect the LP senor.

I now know how to pull the fuse and avoid battery drain. I will no longer open slides with battery power unless circumstances permit. Apparently, when the batteries discharge too much the LP sensor is enough to fully discharge the batteries.

I know I have a lot to learn, but this is getting crazy.


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I know I have a lot to learn, but this is getting crazy. Big Bird
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Old 08-22-2010, 05:30 PM   #16
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Found a manual for the KIB Micro Monitor

The manual had the voltages that turn on the appropriate lights and what they mean.

Micro Monitor Panel
BATTERY READ OUTS
CHARGE 12.70 TO 12.85
GOOD 12.10 TO 12.15
FAIR 11.60 TO 11.65
LOW 6.00 TO ALL
VALUES IN D.C. VOLTS 5%

http://www.kibenterprises.com/troubleshoot/m_panel.pdf
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Things don't have to be an ordeal. Like KyDan, I just disconnect the battery and keep a battery minder on it. ALWAYS fully charged when we are ready to go.
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