Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-22-2016, 07:41 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 87
I think I killed My Battery

Today I Found my battery completely dead, like zero volts. I go out to the storage lot once a month in November, December, January and February and plug the camper in to my truck generator for an hour or so and check everything out. We usually camp a couple of weeks a month the rest of the year so the battery stays up. Looks like I somehow left the little light on the power tongue jack on. I have the battery on a charger in my garage now. Hopefully it comes back. It is only 2 years old.
__________________

__________________
beachcamper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2016, 07:59 PM   #2
Site Team
 
Flybob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 3,376
If you killed it to Zero ( actually anything below about 9V) it is unlikely the battery will recover. It may take an apparent charge, but as soon as you put any load on it, it will die.
__________________

__________________

2015 Freedom Express 248RBS
TV 2015 Silverado HD2500 Duramax
TST Tire Monitors
Honda 2000I + Companion
2 65W solar panels
Flybob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2016, 08:06 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 87
I guess I'll leave it on the charger overnight and have it load tested in the morning at autozone or advance auto parts then.
__________________
beachcamper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2016, 08:52 PM   #4
Moderators' Assistant
 
bikendan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 10,424
Why don't you just install a battery disconnect switch?
I have one and my two batteries were still nearly fully charged, after 4 months in the storage lot.
__________________
Dan-Retired Firefighter/EMT
Shawn-Musician/Entrepreneur/Wine Expert
and Zoe the Wonder Dog(R.I.P.)
'07 Roo 23SS pushing an '07 Chevy Avalanche
Equalizer WDH and Prodigy BC
bikendan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2016, 09:21 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
fast murray's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: SD
Posts: 422
How hard is it to take the battery out for the winter? Beats the heck out of hanging out for an hour every month charging it.
__________________
2004 Wildcat 28BH
2012 Ram 2500 CCSB 6.7CTD
fast murray is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2016, 09:31 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
VinceU's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 3,245
Quote:
Originally Posted by fast murray View Post
How hard is it to take the battery out for the winter? Beats the heck out of hanging out for an hour every month charging it.

Since you regularly "short charge" the battery and allowed it to discharge way beyond the normal 50% of full charge, without a doubt some plate damage has occurred. You can expect near full voltage to return however current capacity will be reduced 30-50 % of original. If the acid was reduced to water, and froze, damage could be much worse.

Easy to remove unbolt two cable connections, remove hold down strap. Remove neg post first.
__________________
VinceU is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2016, 09:43 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 87
I used to disconnect the battery on my old camper. This new 8329ss has a disconnect switch. Disconnects everything but the jack. Battery on my old camper lasted 6 years.
__________________
beachcamper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2016, 11:02 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Blackhat6mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: St Simons Island, GA
Posts: 1,117
Send a message via Skype™ to Blackhat6mike
Although I am fully solar powered and never worry about keeping the bats up, I have a 4-way disconnect switch for the two house batteries. No disconnecting, hauling around 70+ lb bats, getting dirty, just flip the switch to off and forget about it. Cheap fix and easy to install. It has been the first mod on every RV I've owned.
My two house batteries are not outside, but under a hood that raises up to get to the batteries and 2 x 30lb gas tanks. The switches can be reached by reaching under the hood and not having to open it. Can't get any easier than that.
If your batteries are in outside boxes, you can mount the disconnect switch directly on the side of the battery box.
__________________
2013 Silverado 2500 HD Duramax/Allison Tuned
Aviator Wright Flyer #1919
"First In, Last Out". 11B4Y
DAV, MOPH, VFW, 5/7 Cav,1/8 Cav Assoc.
11th ABN Pathfinder Co. N7MIP
Blackhat6mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2016, 12:09 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
MNtraveler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 1,282
Every 2 weeks for 2 hours, or plug the unit in for a day or two, or take the batteries out and put them on a tender that knows how to slow down to a float charge.
__________________
2016 Forester 2401R
MNtraveler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2016, 09:34 AM   #10
Site Team - Lou
 
Herk7769's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: South Eastern PA
Posts: 19,893
A 4 stage battery charger may save that battery.

The 4th stage is a desulphate mode that pulse blasts high voltage into the plates that forces sulphates built up on the plates back into solution as Sulphuric Acid.

I had a "dead-dead" pair of truck batteries from my diesel prime mover die two winters ago. I replaced both with new ones and put the 2 dead ones on the battery charger. One came back almost good as new; the other was toast and turned in for core.
__________________

__________________

Lou and Laura with Bella - German Short Hair Pointer
2008 GMC Sierra 2500HD Crewcab SB Allison Duramax
2010 Flagstaff 8526RLWS - Superglide 3300
HAM CALLSIGN - KC3FFW
Herk7769 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
battery, led

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:39 PM.