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Old 06-17-2015, 06:43 AM   #11
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Battery Life

If you run your batteries down below 50%, you shorten their life considerably. Some say keep them above 80%. A small trickle size solar panel on the roof (5 or 10 watts) will keep your batteries charged up during storage, and prevent the small losses from running them down. My truck battery lasted 10 years with a small panel on the dash. I plan to boondock, so I put a 100 watt panel on the roof with a charge controller to keep from overcharging them. You need a voltmeter or some other way to know what your battery level is. The little lights on the TT don't really tell you enough. I'm going to buy a Trimetric 2030 battery monitor to tell me exactly what is going on with my batteries.

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