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Old 08-21-2014, 10:02 AM   #11
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I made and installed a small panel at the entrance control panel It's just a voltmeter but it will show if the battery is being charged and will show battery voltage which can be used to identify if charge is needed. I just paralled off the awning switch +12 volt power wire (it's fused directly off the battery) and used a momentary push button switch for the meter so the meter does not add any load when not charging battery and when battery disconnect is active. I think it will come in handy someday for troubleshooting the electrical system. Any way it can't hurt.
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Old 08-23-2014, 11:07 PM   #12
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I installed this. Works great and easy to install.
http://www.jamestowndistributors.com...ttery+Monitors
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I installed this. Works great and easy to install.
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My camper is plugged in and the charger is in float mode. TURBS
Looks to be floating a little high.
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Old 08-24-2014, 07:51 AM   #16
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Looks to be floating a little high.
That's funny right there..

Back to the OP: Generally dry camping it really would be in your best interest to invest in something like the trimetric. As was mentioned, you can really kill your batteries prematurely by not adhering to a pretty strict charge/discharge regime. I don't know what you have in the way of a battery bank, but for me, spending $150 for a decent meter is a small price to pay for $1200 worth of batteries.

When you're reading in the 13's its typically a residual ghost charge after a recent charging cycle, or as some mentioned about being plugged into shore you're also picking up the float charge still feeding the batteries.
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