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Old 04-17-2016, 05:55 PM   #21
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Battery in trailer at storage

Store my trailer at a covered storage facility. I set up a 5 watt solar cell to the battery but I run it through a battery charge controller to keep the battery from cooking. Has worked well for years.
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Old 04-17-2016, 06:46 PM   #22
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I don't think I have one of those...
Do a search and you will find many here have installed a cut off switch.
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Old 04-17-2016, 07:05 PM   #23
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When I turn my battery cut off switch to off there is no draw on the battery.
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Old 04-18-2016, 05:27 PM   #24
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Checking the water level is the key to whatever you use.
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Old 04-18-2016, 05:36 PM   #25
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Checking the water level is the key to whatever you use.
I agree, but I can't for the life of me find out how to check my battery. I tried to lift what looked like a cover but the corners sounded like they were cracking. I'll have to get a photo of it. Not sure what the brand is.
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Old 04-18-2016, 05:48 PM   #26
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Teamfour: post the model number here and we'll look it up. It might be a sealed one.
When i got my first TT in 2012, it came with a brand new Duralast battery, two years after it died.
When i popped the covers off it was bone dry

I forgot to check the water level, even though i do it monthly in my boat and in my 6 bank mini solar (500w) setup at home. Go figure.
Have the same converter as Turbs mentioned, they are not the best. BUT, you need to check on water no water no juice

I just ordered two electronic desulfator kits (diy) from ebay. Started to see some white stuff on the plates. We'll see how it works
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Old 04-18-2016, 06:01 PM   #27
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I don't have the ability to leave mine plugged in so I disconnect the battery ground wire during camping season. Off season I remove the battery and put in the garage periodically putting it on a 3 stage charger to keep the charge up. Hopefully at some point adding a cutoff switch will make it to the top of the To Do List but since I don't control the list I have no way to predict if or when that might occur.
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Old 04-19-2016, 02:19 PM   #28
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X2. I put a shut off switch on my battery box to keep it from draining. Several ppl I know keep it plugged in with no problems, my only concern with that is I've had a fan go bad on a converter if your not in it often and it gets hot could get ugly
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Old 04-19-2016, 04:54 PM   #29
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Why not just disconnect both ground and hot battery cables?
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Old 04-20-2016, 11:32 AM   #30
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My camper is a 2015 Salem Cruise Lite 262BHXL, for reference.

The other side of the equation is to eliminate the source(s) of the battery drain. I haven't really looked into that side of it yet. Does anyone have a list of probable (or possible) culprits? Not a complete list of electrical devices, but the ones that are most likely to use power while the camper sits idle?

My thinking is, if it is only one or two devices, it might be easier to turn them off or disconnect them, compared to disconnecting the battery.
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