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Old 08-24-2019, 08:58 AM   #5981
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Hi Maggie,

From my unused automobile experience, a battery that gets completely discharged and allowed to stay that way for a while will not survive more than one or two such incidents. Wet cell batteries (what you probably have) should not be discharged below 12.0 volts; every discharge below that level results in reduced capacity.

Do you have any kind of battery health indicator in your interstate? If not, I just found some small digital meters that I bought for a project I never completed. I will put one in the trailer in case we run into each other somewhere and I will install it for you so you can push a button and check your battery any time.

We enjoyed Glacier. It should be great fun with the Grands, especially if they have not seen "real" mountains.

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Old 08-24-2019, 10:54 AM   #5982
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I do have chargers, a small one and a larger big enough for the engine battery if need be, but had no way at Bodie to recharge the chargers.

My little push-button area over the microwave that tells how full or empty various tanks are, as well as the battery, does colors rather than numbers, Al, so that’s the best I’ve got.

A digital meter might be just what I need.

The coach battery was seriously discharged at Bodie, then again during the second project in northern Colorado, and probably not fully recharged in between, so my use exceeded its normal life expectancy.

I have learned.


The grands have never seen mountains, so Glacier will be a first for them.

It will be a great adventure.

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Old 08-24-2019, 01:15 PM   #5983
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Maggie,
I use a meter that plugs into a 12 volt outlet (not sure if your Airstream has one).
If this works for you, it's cheap and easy to use>>

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=cigarette...b_sb_ss_i_1_17

this is the one I have been using for the last 5 or 6 years>>
https://www.amazon.com/INNOVA-3721-B...s%2C226&sr=8-4
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Old 08-24-2019, 01:32 PM   #5984
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Hi AW, and thank you.

There is a 12volt outlet near the television in the rear, which the TV can be plugged into and into which I plugged said battery-draining 12volt extension cord.

If I put this meter in there, it would tell me how much charge was on my battery?

That would be very helpful.

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Old 08-24-2019, 01:55 PM   #5985
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Yes.
When plugged into shore power it will give the output of the converter.
When not plugged into shore power it will give the state of battery charge.

ps:
Don't leave it plugged in continuously. It draws power from the battery to give the reading. Just check when you want to know.
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Old 08-24-2019, 02:00 PM   #5986
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Thatís exactly what I need, then, and thanks again!

The coach battery on this vehicle is behind the rear bench on the drivers side, meaning one has to remove the spare tire/assembly to open the rear door to get to the area, then the plate that covers the battery in order to get to the posts that inform of a charge...or not.

This is much more user friendly, and I shall order one forthwith.

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Old 08-24-2019, 02:12 PM   #5987
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Use this chart (I saved from a thread on the Airfroum). It demonstrates how to interpret charge. Stay in the green (above 12 volts) so that the battery is not damaged. Going slightly below (yellow) harms the battery. Going even lower (red) is a killer, as you found out.

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Old 08-24-2019, 02:15 PM   #5988
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I wonder if I can buy one of these at an AutoZone?

I won’t be home for about 2 more weeks...tho I could have it delivered to my daughters.

What should the output of the converter read?

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Old 08-24-2019, 02:19 PM   #5989
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I wonder if I can buy one of these at an AutoZone?

I wonít be home for about 2 more weeks...tho I could have it delivered to my daughters.

What should the output of the converter read?

Maggie
You can get one at most auto supply stores. They plug into a cigarette lighter. They arenít nearly as accurate as having a battery monitor connected to a shut at the battery. But, it is better than nothing.

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It will be much simpler to use, tho, and should help me not only to avoid depleting but in knowing what is draining my battery.

Thanks, guys!

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I wonder if I can buy one of these at an AutoZone?

I wonít be home for about 2 more weeks...tho I could have it delivered to my daughters.

What should the output of the converter read?

Maggie
I checked Auto Zone, Advanced Auto, Oriley Auto, Walmart. I did not find one that can be picked up in the store.
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Choose an Amazon Locker near a road you will travel.
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What should the output of the converter read?

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The output of the converter will vary, depending on what the battery needs. It will be above 13 volts up to ~13.9 volts. Some converters will go higher, but I think the converter in your vehicle will max out at 13.9.
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Old 08-24-2019, 02:43 PM   #5994
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Hmmm, I’ll file that away for future reference, as I will be at my daughters tomorrow. Thanks!

I am having tea and mulling over the complicated nature of Pennsylvania state park campgrounds, one of which we stayed at last night.

Different rates on weekends from weekdays, different rates for electric and non, for residents and non residents, different rates for seniors and disabled, and $2 per day additional per pet.

It was a circus, with no less than three frustrated rangers all believing something different, before I got settled in for the night.

I don’t have the energy to write it all out.

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I checked Auto Zone, Advanced Auto, Oriley Auto, Walmart. I did not find one that can be picked up in the store.
I will just order one, and thank you.

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Hi Maggie,

I am continuing to find the best solution for monitoring my battery. I found this video that is really helpful..

https://youtu.be/tObHbsSDWeQ
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Thank you.

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So, at darling daughters, and after initially Lily yesterday not wanting to even come in the house at all, she is in as of this morning, and the dogs (4) are doing fine.

Lily wants to be by me at all times, of course, and was not interested in staying behind the pet door put up to keep her safe in the front of the house.

Lucy, the pit mix, has an electronic collar on, which has not needed to be used but it’s placement has an immediate affect on her and greatly improves her response to voice commands.

I think Lily will have a visit here this time that is free from bites.

Fingers crossed...

I have ordered Alan’s battery monitor, as daughter has Amazon Prime. It will be here before I head out again.

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Here for four days, and everything was good with the pit mix...until it wasn’t.

I was playing tug of war with a braided thingy with the pit this afternoon, which I have done every day, she was growling a little and thrashing, Lily didn’t like that, growled and went to her flank for a nip...and they were off.

First “air biting”, as Mimi calls it, barking and gnashing of teeth by both of them, then the pit took hold of skin by Lily’s neck and would not let go.

Thank God my daughter was here, as I might have had to kill the pit with a kitchen knife if I’d been here alone with them.

Daughter and I both yelling, she telling the pit NO and whatever else, also shocking her, but the dog would not let loose of Lily.

I grabbed the thick braided toy we’d been playing with and started hitting the pit on the muzzle with it, and after maybe four of those my daughter got her pulled free, chunks of Lily’s fur flying from her mouth.

It took all my daughters strength to get the pit into the back yard, the dog lunging and pulling, barking and gnashing teeth, trying to get back to Lily.

Lily has superficial wounds in several places, and some bare spots on her skin, I have a puncture in my forearm and scrapes from one of their nails on my legs.

Lily also seems to have pulled a muscle in her right leg, limping and licking it.

I will watch it and take her to the vet if it seems needed.

We are going to cut our stay short and leave in the morning, and I won’t be here again with Lily.

It was pretty terrifying, it happened so quickly and probably didn’t last 30 seconds.

If my daughter hadn’t been home, I don’t know how it would have ended.

The pit just seemed to snap, and there was no getting her back.


I have reached out to Bud, not yet heard back from him.

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