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Old 05-15-2014, 08:30 PM   #29
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Wow! So a battery shouldn't be run down more than 50%! Amazing. I don't have a hot water heater, nor will I be using the water pump - I have a container to fill at the campground to use. My friend already said she will still using her head lamp.

I'll look at the web site later - maybe that explains how 2 batteries work together.

Between learning about this camper and trying to get a new laptop up and running, my brain is in too much overload!!!!!

All the input from this site is wonderful:-) I've got quite a bit on an msword file that I refer to - and this is on it to look at later.

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Old 05-15-2014, 09:57 PM   #30
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And if it charges while plugged into the wall, but not otherwise, you will know it is probably the tow vehicle - or TV, as they say on this site!

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Maybe, maybe not
You have to confirm the battery is indeed charging... The fact you have DC lights, pumps etc working while hooked up to shore power proves the converter is doing its job and supplying DC power through the power center
I may have missed you confirmed it was charging while plugged in..
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Old 05-16-2014, 12:03 AM   #31
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Jane, I'm not sure why you cut the monitor wire just because it was beeping. I would think that it would beep/alarm just like a home smoke alarm would when the battery is low. Did you check the battery power before you did that? As far as the refer and LP gas you'll get a number of camping trips out of the tank.
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Wow! So a battery shouldn't be run down more than 50%! Amazing.

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Yup every time you run it down below 50% you are shortening its life time. Run it right down a few times before you know it you will not get through a day of camping with.
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Old 05-16-2014, 10:47 AM   #33
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Jane- we picked up our trailer about the same time as you and we are having battery issues as well. Ours seems dead and the only draw has been the LP detector. Waiting to here back from Chandler about it. Thank you for the garage info. I would love to have a place that is familiar with the park liner.
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Old 05-16-2014, 10:54 AM   #34
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When we got our ParkLiner last October, first thing I did was take the Optima batteries out, put them on my shop bench, and have maintained a charge in them since. Because of the burnt look of the pad they were sitting on, I put a battery box on the tongue with an old fashioned deep cycle battery. Next thing the trailer is going to get it is a voltmeter!

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Jane- we picked up our trailer about the same time as you and we are having battery issues as well. Ours seems dead and the only draw has been the LP detector. Waiting to here back from Chandler about it. Thank you for the garage info. I would love to have a place that is familiar with the park liner.
Laurel, you don't need a place that is familiar with the Parkliner to get it corrected. The means of charging batteries & wiring of them is pretty standard/common to all trailers. Any reputable RV shop can and should be able to trouble shoot your problem quickly.
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Thanks Carol- I wish it was just the battery! Unfortunately, we have a major leak in our roof and even though we have band-aided it, with the 5 inches of rain we got yesterday, we have a lot of water inside today. We also have an issue with the plumbing between the tank and the pump. If we had more skill and confidence, we would handle it on our own. Anyway, I thought it might be good to have a garage that has worked on a park liner and is near us. We have repeatedly contacted Chandler and Tom. The second part of this week, Tom has been very responsive and now Chandler is on the phone with my husband. They have also called and talked to a local place that we will take it to this week. Its just that we have been working on this since about the end of March! But we are hopeful and will keep working on it and learning about it- on our own and from all of you!
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Old 05-18-2014, 06:10 PM   #37
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Jane- we picked up our trailer about the same time as you and we are having battery issues as well. Ours seems dead and the only draw has been the LP detector. Waiting to here back from Chandler about it. Thank you for the garage info. I would love to have a place that is familiar with the park liner.
Somewhere in these forums is a post with a detailed calculation of the battery drain by the LP detector. If my memory serves me well, the calculation showed that the LP detector would drain a single battery in about a month or so. I keep my ParkLiner plugged into AC all the time while it is stored at home and have not had battery issues (yet). The ParkLiner's AC converter is a smart charger design that monitors the voltage and adjusts the charging voltage to avoid overcharging (and damaging) the batteries. When dry camping we are very careful to save the batteries for only pumping water, and minimize use of trailer lights (we use a paraffin oil lamp). As you learn about batteries you'll find that it is a very complex subject with no clear and easy answers.

I hope this helps a little
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Jane, I'm not sure why you cut the monitor wire just because it was beeping. I would think that it would beep/alarm just like a home smoke alarm would when the battery is low. Did you check the battery power before you did that? As far as the refer and LP gas you'll get a number of camping trips out of the tank.
looking at the propane detector it said if it blinked green and red it needed to be replaced. Not knowing what else to do I cut it. Now I know it is the battery. At home I am familiar with the smoke detectors but have no clue what is happening with these.

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Laurel, you don't need a place that is familiar with the Parkliner to get it corrected. The means of charging batteries & wiring of them is pretty standard/common to all trailers. Any reputable RV shop can and should be able to trouble shoot your problem quickly.
I have been to a local camper dealer north of Frederick who is outrageously expensive and has caused us issues with the pop up we had. This garage is not perfect, but they are so helpful, have a fabulous reputation, and are extremely reasonable. I would not recommend any car dealers or car repair shops around here, just this garage that works on trailers.

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Old 05-18-2014, 08:49 PM   #40
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Gosh Laurel, you are having issues. Hopefully they can fix all of these. Do you know how to do a private message - I don't? I'd like to chat about how to use the plumbing I do have, maybe we could meet up some time and you can show me how that works. At the rate you are going, sadly Beallsville might be the place to meet.

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Old 05-18-2014, 08:53 PM   #41
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Maybe, maybe not
You have to confirm the battery is indeed charging... The fact you have DC lights, pumps etc working while hooked up to shore power proves the converter is doing its job and supplying DC power through the power center
I may have missed you confirmed it was charging while plugged in..
I've never plugged it in. Right now all should be charged as of last Tuesday. I need to get the battery tester and check to see how much has drained. I'm beginning to think I'll just get a better tent and go back to camping....so much easier! But I suppose once I figure out all of the ins and outs this won't be so bad. Lots of people do use all sorts of campers and love them!

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The LP gas detector is the only draw on the batteries, as per a test at the garage. Last weekend since it was beeping all of the time and I didn't know what else to do I cut the red wire to it and we left the windows open. It now has a cap on the wire so it is connected. When that was unhooked, nothing else was pulling electric. I don't want to be in the trailer without it connected - but then the beeping will drive anyone crazy. Keeping track of the battery will certainly help! I didn't realize LED would reduce the draw by 80-90%!! That is amazing!! A friend has a neat solar light that is round and flat when not in use, and easy to have near a window for the sun. It opens up to a nice round light - not for reading but definitely enough for eating, dressing, etc.

Jane

Beeping means the voltage is low.
You need to know if your batteries are charging. Done sort of voltmeter wired to the battery would be a big help. I use a battery monitor which tells me a lot including voltage and how many amp hours oh juice are going in and coming out.

Also adding a second battery to one that may be questionable is a bad idea. A bad cell in the old battery will kill the new one also. You should replace both if adding a new one.
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