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Old 04-20-2007, 07:39 AM   #15
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Our Safari is parked in a storage facility, not connected to shore power. Everything is turned off, and the battery is disconnected (set for storage) using the switch on the wall.

How long can a fully charged battery be expected to hold it's charge under these conditions?

We haven't had the trailer out since mid-February. We were at it yesterday, getting ready for a coming trip, and the monitor panel presented a yellow status light, when we powered up.
I will admit to no knowledge as to whether your late model unit comes from the factory with a 3 stage convertor or not. IF you do not,and since no one else took the opportunity to tell you, I will. It is a very simple, and cheap aid-why not consider a battery maintainer?
I will not get into educating you concerning them, use your Google feature, however, for an initial cost of $29 or so, and a monthly electrical cost of mere pennies, you can store your unit with a maintainer hooked to the batteries, and come back, finding the batteries fully charged, but not overcharged or sulfated from lack of use, nor will the liquid be boiled out if you are using wet batteries. So much to be gained at such a small cost.
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Old 04-20-2007, 05:52 PM   #16
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Our Safari is parked in a storage facility, not connected to shore power. Everything is turned off, and the battery is disconnected (set for storage) using the switch on the wall.

How long can a fully charged battery be expected to hold it's charge under these conditions?

We haven't had the trailer out since mid-February. We were at it yesterday, getting ready for a coming trip, and the monitor panel presented a yellow status light, when we powered up.
A small solar cell charger works great. Something in the order of 1/2 ampere is fine.

Only cost is the intial purchase price.

The energy from the sun, is free, at least for the time being.

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Old 04-20-2007, 07:10 PM   #17
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you're killin me Andy, I hear in Santa Cruz CA. the city govt charges you for how much run off goes into the storm drains. Business owners I heard. Soon they will be taxing the air we breathe.
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Old 04-20-2007, 07:19 PM   #18
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you're killin me Andy, I hear in Santa Cruz CA. the city govt charges you for how much run off goes into the storm drains. Business owners I heard. Soon they will be taxing the air we breathe.
The day of pay toilets may come back in style.

Rumor has it that California is going to have a toilet seat tax, for homes, hotels, businesses and RV's as well.

If they would only make people have current license plates, instead of expired, on their vehicles, they could reduce the budget.

Then, holly molley, if they fined people with only the driver in the car, that travels in the "car pool" lanes, California could have a budget surplus.

Lets see what Arnie has up his sleeves.

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Old 04-21-2007, 06:36 PM   #19
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I like Andy's comment about just using a simple solar panel. Currently, I store my rig in the driveway and periodically plug it in when I notice the batteries getting a tad low. The solar panel would keep me from struggling with the power cords when we have a foot or two of snow on the ground. Normally, using the panel for reference, I plug it in about every two to three weeks.
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Old 04-21-2007, 09:25 PM   #20
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We use one of the cheapo solar chargers. As the attachment shows, it's intended to be plugged into a cigarette lighter outlet. However, the cord was too short to reach from the back window of the AS to the nearest outlet, so we got a cheap cig lighter unit and larger alligator clips to build an extension cord to go from the charger directly to the battery. The charger is a 1-watt model, output only during the day (obviously), and we leave it plugged in all winter.


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Old 04-23-2007, 03:35 PM   #21
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Thanks everyone for all the feedback. A solar panel is a great idea, except we park indoors. Anyone have more information on a maintainer mentioned in post #15?

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Old 04-23-2007, 03:55 PM   #22
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Try this product (#31590) from Camping World. It charges, maintains and desulfates.

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Thanks everyone for all the feedback. A solar panel is a great idea, except we park indoors. Anyone have more information on a maintainer mentioned in post #15?

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Some solar chargers work indoors to some degree, if there are ceiling lights or sky lights in the roof.

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Old 04-23-2007, 06:25 PM   #24
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Try this product (#31590) from Camping World. It charges, maintains and desulfates.

BatteryMINDER Plus - Camping World
Here's another source from a member of the forum:

12 Volt 1 Amp BatteryMINDer

Better price too.
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Lightbulb Here's a "bright" idea

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... A solar panel is a great idea, except we park indoors. ...
You could always shine a light on the solar panel...



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Old 04-23-2007, 09:21 PM   #26
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Thanks everyone for all the feedback. A solar panel is a great idea, except we park indoors. Anyone have more information on a maintainer mentioned in post #15?

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Here is some info on it

http://batterytender.com/why_batterytender.php

And you can but it here
http://www.pacificbattery.com/charger.html
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Harbor freight has a 1.5 watt solar charger for $10.00.

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