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Old 06-09-2015, 08:57 PM   #1
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Batteries don't work on our new-ish 23D

So we bought our 2014 used 23D a few weeks ago, spent two nights in it with elec. hookups. We then took it out for the day locally about a week ago and the battery power indicator was low. Now, it looks like the batteries won't hold a charge. Obviously we didn't know well enough to check this during the walk through at the dealership and took their word for it that the batteries were in good condition.

So, what can we do now? Should we even bother contacting the dealer about the batteries being that it was being sold as a used unit? Or, do we just need to eat it and buy new ones?

Also, thinking of installing a 200w flexible solar panels ourselves. If we have to replace the batteries, I'm trying to convince the hubby to just get lithium batteries that would save us the hassle of making sure we don't kill the batteries by doing something stupid (and also for all their other benefits, of course.)
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So we bought our 2014 used 23D a few weeks ago, spent two nights in it with elec. hookups. We then took it out for the day locally about a week ago and the battery power indicator was low. Now, it looks like the batteries won't hold a charge. Obviously we didn't know well enough to check this during the walk through at the dealership and took their word for it that the batteries were in good condition.

So, what can we do now? Should we even bother contacting the dealer about the batteries being that it was being sold as a used unit? Or, do we just need to eat it and buy new ones?

Also, thinking of installing a 200w flexible solar panels ourselves. If we have to replace the batteries, I'm trying to convince the hubby to just get lithium batteries that would save us the hassle of making sure we don't kill the batteries by doing something stupid (and also for all their other benefits, of course.)
Lithium batteries are a great addition to just about any Airstream, but they are not 'plug and play' like a regular lead based battery. They require some extensive wiring and very specific charging voltages. Simply connecting them to your present charging arrangement would be a death sentence for them.
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Old 06-09-2015, 09:49 PM   #3
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Lewster is "Mr. Sunshine" when talking solar and/or batteries... You will be well off trusting his sage advice.
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:57 AM   #4
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Yes, we are aware it will take a lot more self-education to see if we can install lithium batteries and solar ourselves. Have been reading through a some threads and am in information overload right now. It's not going to happen very soon so we'll be without battery power for a little while.

But what about the issue of the current batteries and contacting the seller?
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Batteries croak... Move on.

Do NOT tow until you replace batteries. You must have for emergency braking!!!

If you are going to install the big solar arrays and fancy batteries "later", buy cheap and smaller capacity batteries... If it will be a year or more, get some good batteries so you can relax about it...

Oh, you may ask Lewster which converter to install so that it will be compatible with solar!
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Batteries don't work on our new-ish 23D

Or install a breakaway switch kit which includes a battery. Personally, I'd rather eat the cost of another pair of deep cycles in the meantime. Some times one has to do things twice or more.
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If you don't have anything in writing stating the batteries were in good condition, or some type of warranty with the trailer, you are pretty much out of luck. Chalk it up to experience. If the batteries aren't kept under a trickle charge over the winter, or if the trailer sits for long periods without use, the batteries will lose charge. In most of the newer trailers, even with the master disconnect turned into the off position, the propane detector is constantly on and is pulling power from the batteries. With the master disconnect turned on, even more power is drawn since many of the appliances in the trailer have components that also draw power even though they are switched off.

The only way to positively remove the power draw is to either disconnect a battery cable or install a switch in the line that will interrupt the power coming from the battery.

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Thank you! Didn't take the emergency brake situation into consideration.

We're still collecting info on the solar & lithium so don't want to badger Lewster just yet but will probably be asking for his assistance soon. (Right now, not sure about where lithium batteries would need to be installed if they can't go in the existing outside battery compartment as the 23D doesn't have that much extra space inside compared to larger models, I think. I don't understand why they can't go outside).

I guess, we'll have to go out and buy some cheap batteries then today as we were planning on leaving tomorrow on about a three hour drive. The hubby mentioned something about inexpensive batteries at Costco?
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Batteries

If these are the Interstate batteries that came with my Airstream, there is a heat stamp in the top of the batteries, made into the plastic. When my batteries needed replacing, the retailer called Interstate to see if the batteries were still under warranty. fortunately, they were. Might be worth a shot to see if yours are also. Don't think the warranty is only to the original purchaser, but might be. Good luck, Mike
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Before you go to all that expense and trouble with upgrades:

1) Batteries could be low on water. Have you checked that??

2) Also; check specific gravity with a hydrometer. You may have a weak cell.

The important thing is to be patient with yourself. There's a lotta maintenance and upkeep required on our silver twinkies.

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Thanks Mike S. Looks like they were manufactured in Nov 2013 and they only have a 12 mo. warranty. : (
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Thank you! Didn't take the emergency brake situation into consideration.

We're still collecting info on the solar & lithium so don't want to badger Lewster just yet but will probably be asking for his assistance soon. (Right now, not sure about where lithium batteries would need to be installed if they can't go in the existing outside battery compartment as the 23D doesn't have that much extra space inside compared to larger models, I think. I don't understand why they can't go outside).

I guess, we'll have to go out and buy some cheap batteries then today as we were planning on leaving tomorrow on about a three hour drive. The hubby mentioned something about inexpensive batteries at Costco?
If you have a Menards in the area you might check them out. Better cost than either Costco or Sams Club in my neck of the woods.

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Nope, no Menards over here.

Looks like Costco doesn't make the Kirkland one anymore. They have the same one, the Interstate for $72 and Walmart has one, EverStart Marine Battery, Group Size 24MS, for $61.
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Nope, no Menards over here.

Looks like Costco doesn't make the Kirkland one anymore. They have the same one, the Interstate for $72 and Walmart has one, EverStart Marine Battery, Group Size 24MS, for $61.
Exactly. Now think about this. How long, even considering replacing the $61 battery every 3 years, (I get 5 years out of mine) before the expense starts to approach the cost of lithium batteries? Do lithium batteries last that long? Are they really worth it? As stated above, you must also totally re-configure your charging system. Add that cost in also.
BTW you do not want the marine starting MS battery. You want the marine deep cycle one.
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