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Old 05-03-2014, 07:11 PM   #1
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Battery problem????

Ok So I have a new 2013 26TBSS , so I'm a bit of a virgin. lol I just reinstalled battery after in storage all year, topped up with distilled water,plugged it into house and now battery gauge only read 1/3 full, however it did read full in the beginning??? I am at a lost. Should it read full if plugged into my home?? HELP please.
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Old 05-03-2014, 07:33 PM   #2
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Do you mean the battery gauge inside your rv or are you using a volt meter?
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Old 05-03-2014, 07:41 PM   #3
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inside the rv, behind that little door thingy
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Old 05-03-2014, 07:48 PM   #4
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Ok So I have a new 2013 26TBSS , so I'm a bit of a virgin. lol I just reinstalled battery after in storage all year, topped up with distilled water,plugged it into house and now battery gauge only read 1/3 full, however it did read full in the beginning??? I am at a lost. Should it read full if plugged into my home?? HELP please.
You say virgin. What do you mean when you say, "topped up with distilled water"?
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Old 05-03-2014, 07:53 PM   #5
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Also....how long was it on the charger? At what setting?
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Old 05-03-2014, 08:09 PM   #6
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Well its a deep cycle battery, so it was stored in my garage over the winter, low on water so topped it up. Then installed it to the camper last week.
Charger at what setting?? not sure what you mean. ahh Don't tell me I was suppose to charge it prior to hooking it up to the camper, because I didnt?? See told you I'm a newbie.
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Ok....how long has the TT been plugged in? Yes, the battery if good, should be charging while installed correctly (check pos / neg connections).
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Just some information. If any of the plates were exposed to air, prior to filling, that portion of the plate is now dead. That will reduce the AH amp hour capacity of that battery. When filling, only fill with distilled water to the bottom of the plastic fill tubes .In general the light panel that indicates level of charge, is really not a good indicator of the batteries charged state. You should either buy a 12v digital battery tester, that plugs into a cigarette lighter socket (if equipped) and test under slight load, or buy a ohm meter and test it that way under slight load. You will find a 12V charge table, by searching these forums which more closely reflect the % of charge based on volts read.
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check pos / neg connections)?? Would I get power if wrong? The iwies are red and black. Which which is which?? lol
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Guess I'm a bit confused on battery reading FULL then 1/3 full. What meter is giving you these readings? Do you have a gauge built into the trailer?

Are you saying when you first plugged it into the house power, a meter showed it going to a high voltage reading, and then a few hours later dropping down to a lower voltage reading? If so, that might be normal; depends on your converter.

I know on my trailer with a WFCO, if the battery is 50 percent low (or lower) on charge, it will boost up to 14.4 volts for about 4 hours, then drop down to 13.6 volts, and eventually, drop down to 13.2 volts for a float mode.

Battery stored in garage over winter, low on fluid, if weather got cold enough and battery was not charged, it could have frozen.

You can use a standard volt/ohmmeter (aka Multi-meter) but make sure it is on the VOLT meter setting; do not check when on the ohmmeter setting or you will blow a fuse or kill the meter.

This chart gives an idea of how charged the battery is at certain voltage levels.






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