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Old 03-26-2018, 09:49 AM   #1
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Battery drained!!

Sat for a few months!! Only 3 years old! Will plugging in to a campsite charge it? Also is battery disconnect on when pushed in or pulled out? Any suggestions will be appreciated!! First time problem with battery!
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Not knowing your type of battery disconnect its a guess, pushed in I would say. on my rig when the key handle under the batteries is turned to a position where it will not come out of the switch the batteries are connected. You converter should charge it while plugged in once it up you may want to put a load test on the battery to see if discharging killed it.
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Boy can't get any clearer then that lol
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Plugging it in should charge the battery but it will take days to get it to a full charge. Even at that it might not have the same capacity as it had before it went dead, depending on how badly the plates are damaged.

Can't answer the battery switch question because the factory switch was the first thing to be modified on my new TT. I put a marine dual battery selector switch on and it's clearly marked as to what position it's in, On or Off and which battery is in use.

Best suggestion would be to plug in and then check for voltage from the converter/charger at the battery with a multimeter. If you don't see a higher voltage after you plug in then put switch in the other position and check again.

If the battery went dead it's a reasonable guess that the switch was left in the ON position.

Lastly, unless you are religious about battery care/maintenance, like not discharging below 50% capacity, recharging ASAP, maintaining electrolyte level, keeping terminals clean and tight, 3 years may actually be all the life you were going to get out of the battery. All too often using one small battery means greater likelihood of discharging it deeper than is best for long battery life. Deep cycle batteries are not like Automotive batteries. Your car/truck battery does it's hardest work starting the engine and is immediately recharged as you drive. Rarely will they be drawn down to 50% State of Charge unless you sit and listen to music with the engine off for a few hours.

Deep cycle batteries only get recharged when you plug into shore power or are plugged into a tow vehicle. Much harder on plates.
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You don't have to have the battery in the system for your rig to have 12V power. You can turn off the battery disconnect remove the battery charge it on a separate battery charger and test then reinstall turn on the disconnect and let the converter keep it charged. Remember to mark your battery cables so that you get them back on the same way they came off and
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Remember to mark your battery cables so that you get them back on the same way they came off and

You'd think the Factory could afford two 3" pieces of shrink tube, one red, one black, and then apply them at the factory so people wouldn't have to guess. Red to positive, black to negative, and fewer reversed connection fuses blown on converters. Might cost them an extra $1.50, if that.
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Safest way to remove the battery to have it checked and charged?? Type of new battery recommended if needed?
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Type of new battery recommended if needed?
A TRUE Deep Cycle battery, not a combination Start/Deep Cycle like many Marine batteries.

Some like Interstate, some like Trojan, and others prefer more regionally available brands. Trojan's are in the upper cost spectrum but are good batteries. Interstates work well to if you maintain them.

Just make sure it's a DEEP CYCLE battery that isn't designed to start an engine too.

Next, buy the largest battery that will fit your battery mounting area and box.

If a Travel Trailer with the battery mounted on the tongue you might be limited to two group 24 batteries or a pair of 6 V golf cart batteries in series. If you have plenty of room you can then look to group 29 or 31 12 V batteries in parallel and have ~240 amp hour capacity combined. Depends on your budget and space available.
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