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Old 09-05-2006, 09:16 AM   #1
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Batteries Overcharging

I have a solar charger on my trailer. I check my batteries fairly often but this last time I went a little longer and both were close to completely dry. I know I probably shortened their lives. What about setting the charge rate on the solar as well as the converter/charger? Is this something that a handyman owner can do or is it best left to a professional?

Also, on the subject of batteries in the Limited--has anyone jerry-rigged a better method to pull the batteries out of their little cubby hole? This battery box has to be one of the dumbest engineering boo-boos that Airstream made.


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Old 09-05-2006, 09:26 AM   #2
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There are solar power contrtollers that act to maintain a floating charge on batteries, and can be found at high end solar suppliers and West Marine, among others.. Several members here can add more details on product details and systems they've assembled that won't cook batteries..

As for battery boxes, I decided to wrap nylon rope around batteries (loop of water ski tow line..) and attach to sides of batteries with good ol' duct tape.. A screwdriver or small strip of metal under the front edge acts as a ramp, and the battery can be pulled slowly up the ramp, and then out of the box without too much straining or contact of cables with chassis.. DO shut off main power switch before pulling batteries to minimize chances of zapping power supply or fuses with shorts...

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