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Old 09-06-2017, 04:45 PM   #41
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My 2014 Parkliner has two 12-volt deep cycle batteries as well. So you have clips from the tender on each of the battery posts?
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Old 09-06-2017, 04:53 PM   #42
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Get both parts of the Anderson plug, run wires off the battery to one end that is placed where you can get at it easily, other end you can connect to a battery charger, battery minder, or solar charger and plug it in when needed
Both parts of the Anderson plug meaning the 7-pin connector and what they call the "anderson style connector" in the link I posted above? Or wire with the "anderson style connector" on each end?

Sorry for all the stupid questions, but I would like to rig something that prevents taking the tanks off, etc., every time it goes to and from storage.
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Old 09-06-2017, 05:57 PM   #43
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My 2014 Parkliner has two 12-volt deep cycle batteries as well. So you have clips from the tender on each of the battery posts?
When I have it in storage, I take one battery home and put it on a trickle charger.
The other battery is attached to a 5W solar charger. I turned off all the 15A breakers and left the 30A on.
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Old 09-06-2017, 06:48 PM   #44
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The Anderson connector takes two wires. Attach one wire to the positive post of a battery, the other wire to the negative post. Route the wires out of the battery box and attach the plug somewhere you can get at it. Then attach wires to the other half of the Anderson plug to which you can connect a battery charger or minder or solar charger. When you want to charge the batteries plug the Anderson connector together and now you're connected to the batteries.
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Old 10-10-2017, 06:02 AM   #45
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Replaced batteries

Update on batteries: I took my Parkliner to a local RV repair shop. They are an Interstate battery dealer and Interstate agreed to replace the batteries under warranty.

So far, so good. I have had my Parkliner at the storage facility for a week and the batteries are in good shape. Some people advised I put a plug-in trickle charger on, but I do not have any way to plug it in when at the storage facility, so I have to use solar. My HOA will not allow me to keep my Parkliner in my driveway for more than 3 days.
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Update on batteries: I took my Parkliner to a local RV repair shop. They are an Interstate battery dealer and Interstate agreed to replace the batteries under warranty.

So far, so good. I have had my Parkliner at the storage facility for a week and the batteries are in good shape. Some people advised I put a plug-in trickle charger on, but I do not have any way to plug it in when at the storage facility, so I have to use solar. My HOA will not allow me to keep my Parkliner in my driveway for more than 3 days.
You don't need much power just to maintain a battery, so solar is usually a good option (as long as you get the fairly minimal amount of sunlight that would be required). I would use a master cutoff switch that disconnects all loads but still allows the solar (or shore power) trickle / maintenance charger to work. But if storing the trailer away from home for more than a few weeks, I would remove the battery and store it at home where I could properly maintain it.
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Old 10-10-2017, 08:59 AM   #47
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A fully charged healthy battery with CLEAN top, cables disconnected, and "shower cap" sort of cover over it will hold a charge with negligible loss for many months without the need for a charger of any type.
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A fully charged healthy battery with CLEAN top, cables disconnected, and "shower cap" sort of cover over it will hold a charge with negligible loss for many months without the need for a charger of any type.
Thanks, I'll start disconnecting the batteries when it is in storage for more than 2 weeks.
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Old 10-10-2017, 12:21 PM   #49
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my way

Where the line comes off your battery i put a swich there so there is no parasitic drain on the battery. Very simple to do!

good luck

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A fully charged healthy battery with CLEAN top, cables disconnected, and "shower cap" sort of cover over it will hold a charge with negligible loss for many months without the need for a charger of any type.
The experts concur (see below chart). I just like to keep my battery topped off every few weeks or monthly so its at full charge should I decide to head out, or I need the camper because of power failure at home.


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