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Old 07-23-2006, 11:48 PM   #15
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To make a long story short, the LED finally showed red for a full charge today. I had it on shore power for most of the day yesterday and this morning before it finally switched to red. Some foks mentioned the weather and we finally had a mostly overcast day with highs only in the low-mid 90s so maybe the charger was able to finally get the voltage up.

Thanks much to all again and I think I'll take Gina's advice to not worry about it. I have far, far, more things to worry about when owning a 34-year-old camper. To give an example - bought the camper knowing the battery is dead, so I bought replacement. I go to install the battery and the the only two wires in sight are a brown one and a blue one... As I'm thinking, "Now what?", I notice written in PENCIL on the trunk door is - you guessed it! Blu to Red Brown to Blk. It's just so easy once you have the instructions...

And yes, I have addressed the duct tape wiring support problem as well!

Thanks again,
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Old 07-24-2006, 12:16 AM   #16
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Just a note as to how much can get sucked out of the battery sitting in the heat..

I parked my rig 3 weeks ago with a 12.2v charge. Did not plug in the charger, or attach my solar trickle charger (I was lazy).. frankly, never even went in the trailer until today.

We have had record heat here for the past two weeks, escalating these past few days to 119 or more.

5 volts!!!!! There are no parasitic loads.. it just zapped itself silly.

What do you AZ folks do???
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Old 07-25-2006, 05:08 PM   #17
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I really notice the heat affecting my batteries for my digital camera that normally sits in my console in my truck.....I use rechargeable AA `s and have a few pairs on hand and am finding them all going dead in a few days just sitting in the case as spares.....also found that with my cell phone sitting unused for a couple days, also in my console......temps in the high 80`s outside.......Benny
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Old 07-25-2006, 05:48 PM   #18
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Benny,

Purchase one of those small thermo padded (Keep Cool) lunch boxes to keep the cell phone and batteries in, inside the vehicle.

Will help to keep them cool a little longer however if you leave the stuff in there all day, the bag will eventually get hot inside as well.
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Old 07-25-2006, 10:12 PM   #19
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So two weeks ago when I was away from the house for a week my wife went into the SCAMP to clean and wipe things down. Our daughter turned on a light and they walked out. So there is sat for a better part of a week with an interior light on. Guess what battery was dead dead dead. Before our trip last week I had it on the charger for about 2days at 2amps. I think it only was about 1/2 charged when we left on our current trip. Kept enough of a charge to have lights on at night for a littl while before bed. I think it needs to set for a few days at the low amp charge to get a full charge. I'm going to try it and see.
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Old 07-25-2006, 10:30 PM   #20
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You know Darwin, if I`d been thinking, I could`ve put my camera batteries and cell phone, which was out of range anyway, in a ziplock bag and threw them in the Koolatron behind the truck seat which was pretty cool...had cold drinks, etc. stored in it and ran it off the truck battery on and off..... ..Benny
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Old 07-28-2006, 12:57 PM   #21
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Gina, Someone said on another thread suggested that the person check the water level in the battery.

I have antique vehicles, a golf cart that runs on gas with a starter battery and so on and they do not run down in the heat unless the battery is low on water.

Even if there are no caps on the top of the battery to remove, I have pryed off the top, filled the battery with distilled water and glued the top back on. I did this on a 1963 Impala 5 years ago and and the battery is still good. I drive the car around 2 times a year and charge it once each year.

If the battery requires water, your charger may be overcharging it.

As an example, Camping World sells automatic battery water fillers for the big motor homes so they do not run low on water.
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Old 07-28-2006, 04:09 PM   #22
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Darwin, thanks, but water checking is my SOP. It is fine.

Charger wasn't even plugged in for that period and the battery functioned normally the weekend before it was parked. Actually, it was a whole week! Outstanding performance with just a top off from my solar set up daily.

I have a less than year old battery in my car too. It has been grumpy with the triple digit heat here.

It's cooled down a bit, and the gremlins are sleeping. Hope it stays that way.
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Gina,

I use a battery Hydrometer (Costs less than $10 at auto stores, Wally world, K Mart) to test each cell of my batteries. (6 cells on a 12V battery)

It is a glass thing that resembles a turkey baseter with a device (Hydrometer) inside that floats. The float has markings red / yellow / green with numbers on it and it will tell you the charge condition of each of the individual cells.

All the cells should read almost the same on a fully charged battery. Should there be a large discrepancy in the readings, it would indicate a bad cell. If you have a bad cell, take the battery back before the warranty expires.
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I have been meaning to get one of those. Just never remember.. I just got around to hanging my fire extiguisher I have had for a year.. yesterday..

I ran all weekend on the solar, with an hour towing charge. Seemed to be "Back to normal". Everything worked great, but the conditions were MUCH cooler. I even had the heater on for a bit last nite and this morning.
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