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Old 12-18-2005, 11:59 AM   #15
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You can tell that by the complete sicentific replys to messages. Most people just don't care about the science of keeping a $50 battery charged just how to do it.

In the beginning there was - and it goes on from there.

In 4 wheeler magazine DEC 05, there is an article that stated that desulfation has proven to work over the 10 year test period. I don't need to know what desulfation is, why it happens, etc all I needed to know is that the Victor battery charger that I bought will prevent it and/or reverse it.

Hydrometers have been used since the beginning of the wet cell battery and I don't need to know the science behinfd it. I have been using one for over 50 years and I still use one today. It works.

The shutins will be quick to inform us that the batteries today are sealed and to that I say, I rip toe top off the sealed batteries, fill them with water, charge and desulfate them and get several more years use out of them. I glue the tops back on.

Hay, Merry Christmas to all.
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Old 12-18-2005, 04:45 PM   #16
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Merry Christmas, Darwin. May your batteries always be charged!
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Old 12-18-2005, 04:49 PM   #17
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Hey Darwin:

I, for one, enjoy reading the collective knowlegde these folks have to offer. If it's too much for you, skip over it. I, and many others - judging by the posts, appreciate what's going on here. I'm looking for a fiberglass trailer (Trillium) myself, and need the info to make informed decisions. Not everyone can boast of over 50 years of tech experience. (And therefore don't need help.)

Kick back and enjoy the egg nog. Merry Christmas.


By the way, for those interested in Trillium, and are looking for something to do, check out TrilliumRV.com, under the "Opportunity" tab.

Darwin, Please ignore this opportunity. I don't think it would be for you.
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Old 12-18-2005, 05:51 PM   #18
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Persunally, I kinda like those "sicentific replys". Thos foks take the time to esplain stuff, an genneraly have nicer manners, too.
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Old 12-18-2005, 11:17 PM   #19
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Well, I am shutin my trailer right now. Its dark, its wet and I have no satelite reception. I guess I will have to post here instead.

I tested Freds theory yesterday. Left my house with a reading of 12.2 volts. Had frige running on 12v from San Bernardino to Stockton. Landed at 12.5v. So, even if not much, it did a little.
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Old 12-19-2005, 12:12 PM   #20
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What a Hoot! Well, I suppose I'd prefer being a Shut-in considering what appears to be the alternative and I like learning new things. I hope I can measure up some day.
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Not quite up there with "Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati" but a good one none the less.
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And on a side note about charging with your car battery...

I developed a little problem with my onboard charger power plug bouncing out of it's socket. I thought I had battery problems until I snooped and found the problem.

While in Southern Oregon on my last rek, I forgot to check and I guess for two days, even tho I was plugged into AC, I wasn't charging the battery. Hardly noticable on a full charge and running most everything straight off AC anyway. In my experience with my rig, two days goes well. After that, it drops into oblivion pretty quickly. The only charge it was getting was while I drove, and with the fridge running on 12v, it was not much of one.

The ONE nite I spent with no hook ups and had to use my on board propane heater was the next stop. By the morning, the battery had sufficiently been used to the point of worry. And no way to charge, my solar panel would have been useless. (I left my generator at home, knowing I would be hooked up 99% of the time.)

I hooked up the car pigtail and let the car run for 1/2 hour or so. It managed to get the battery back up enough to do my dishes and have lights and heat for my morning coffee and prep. I also ran my TV off a small handheld invertor and my extra gel cells. (This is EXACTLY why I put those in, for emergencies like this) and was able to get the weather news during that big storm.

It is nice to know I have yet ANOTHER back up option for future disasters, and this one doesn't require any extra set up or hassle.

A charge line wasn't that big a deal to me, I just had it done when my brake controller was done because they were in there anyway. Glad I did!
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