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Old 10-10-2015, 01:25 PM   #1
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Closed aframe - battery charging?

Went out to put a new propane tank cover on my a122s today. As expected, .. when I hit the electric tongue jack (just to check).. no go. I have had the camper folded down, covered and unplugged from any shore power for a few weeks. My question.. I'm going camping in 3 weeks.. how long should the camper be plugged in to get a good, full battery charge? And.. is it OK to plug the camper in while it's folded down and covered?
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Old 10-10-2015, 06:58 PM   #3
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Always keep your a-frame plugged in at all times when not in use except for in winter when you can disconnect the battery so there will be no draw basically the problem here is that the parasitic draw as well kill your battery within probably a a week or 10 days so right now you basically have a dead battery but will not respond well to recharging and will have to be replaced in about a year sorry for the bad news
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Old 10-10-2015, 07:37 PM   #4
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Ok.. so I can (and should) have it plugged in.. even when it's folded down and closed?

This is a 2014... so the battery may be already a couple of years old. Do you think it will be ok and recharge.. for now? Or should I go ahead and get a new battery?
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Old 10-10-2015, 07:55 PM   #5
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Mine is 2012. Sounds like the battery was somewhat weak. I have let mine sit for months with battery disconnected, then plug in and all is well.
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Old 10-10-2015, 07:56 PM   #6
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Rather than keeping my A-frame plugged in all the time while parked at home, I disconnect the negative wire from my battery when I get home. I then charge the battery using a battery charger/maintainer. I leave it on for a couple of days, and if I am not going camping for a while I recharge again about once a month. I leave the battery disconnected until the next camping trip.
I recommend the CTEK MUS4.3 battery charger/maintainer. It can be left on for long periods of time, and will be a good maintainer over the winter. I am going to remove my battery and bring it into the garage for winter.
This is just an alternative to leaving your camper plugged in all the time, and may not be for everybody. Works well for me.
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Old 10-10-2015, 08:14 PM   #7
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DobeFanatic.. the battery was not disconnected. .. and I didn't have the camper plugged in to shore power. That's why it's dead now. .. I'm gonna plug it in and see if it recharges.
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DobeFanatic.. the battery was not disconnected. .. and I didn't have the camper plugged in to shore power. That's why it's dead now. .. I'm gonna plug it in and see if it recharges.
I am surprised as you were just out a few weeks ago. I was ignorant for a long time about disconnecting the battery and got away with it while it was new.
Check the battery water. Bummer
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This may be a stupid thought... but really. . Why do I even need a battery? Other than running the tongue jack (and I could do that manually) I am not sure what I use the battery for. Every place I have camped, the last 7 or 8 years, had electric hookup at the site. Am I missing something? I know others might camp elsewhere and depend on the battery. .. but I'm not sure I even need one.
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I wonder if the spark for the water heater needs battery? or the furnace?
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