When I went up to the Oregon Rally
last summer, my battery
decided to take a.. hiatus. For two days (I should say nites) I was basically running without a house battery. Since I couldn't even charge with the car while driving, I didn't have much of a choice but to rely on the car battery when I parked.
I left the pigtail plugged in and was very careful about my lights
. I would only have one LED fixture on at a time, and I used the WC in the dark (Hey, I don't need to see what I am doing
), didn't watch TV, and I relied on my solar
panels to provide power to my fantastic fan the one afternoon I really really needed it.
When shower time came, I started the car to run the water pump. That was the only time I used the pump. I used bottled water to flush and wash dishes with.
I picked up a new battery and was back in business. Never did figure out why the battery wouldn't charge. I kept it to return it to camping world as it was quite new, but when I put it on a "Big" 7 amp charger, it charged up and has worked fine since. Could have been a connection was contaminated.. could have discharged it so deeply that it was taking a ton to recharge.. have no clue.
I keep that battery fully charged and if I run into a problem with the other, I just swap them out. I boondocked for 5 days during thanksgiving in less than stellar weather, so my solar
was not keeping up as well as I would have liked and thats what I did. I charged one while the other was being used and just kept swapping.
But.. thats not why I am posting
... I stopped at REI tonite and they did NOT have one of the small cranky chargers. So I was a small cranky shopper...