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Old 08-22-2010, 11:45 AM   #11
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Re: How long to charge the battery

As Baglo said, be sure to check the water level in the battery every 1-2 months and all will be well. We left our Casita plugged in 24/7 and never had a problem. I added distilled water occasionally, but most of the time it never needed a drink. I carry a 1 liter Nalgene bottle of distilled water during our travels...but have never needed it. It is, however, a good use of one of the BPA Lexan bottles.

Unless you are going on a very long trip, there should be no problem if you leave home with a charged and watered battery.

YMMV;
Dave

p.s.: regular tap water can be a battery-killer. distilled only please.
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Old 08-22-2010, 02:06 PM   #12
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Thanks to everyone for the excellent suggestions. What a forum! I'm mighty happy to be aboard.
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Old 08-22-2010, 02:53 PM   #13
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Re: How long to charge the battery

I keep Hokie plugged in all the time. Though I check the water level ever couple of months, I've never (so far) had to add any water to it. But still, you need to check just to be sure. I keep a cube heater on very low in the winter, and the AC on very low in the summer to keep moisture from building up inside. I also keep the refrig on electric, so it's ready at any moment to throw some food into it and GO!!!!!!
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Old 08-22-2010, 09:13 PM   #14
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Re: How long to charge the battery

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Originally Posted by PaulA.
I'm a newbie, and we have an Escape 19 on order. Does the last post from Escape Artist mean that if we remain plugged in to an AC power source in a campground, say for several days, we run a risk of damaging our batteries? This is an interesting issue because -- as I understand the situation -- one needs to remain plugged in to AC to use the wall outlets in the trailer. No doubt I'm missing something here, so having someone straighten me out on this will be welcomed. In our prior camping (tent and slide-in camper), we have not had battery power. For what it is worth in responding to this, we hope to have the solar-panel option on our Escape.
There is a thread entitled "Long Term AC Hookup" from back in January 2010 that has lots of good info regarding your questions including two posts from Reace. http://escapeforum.org/index.php?topic=1022.0

Generally, we don't worry about the batteries when plugged into AC except in the wintertime when we leave a small cube heater on for extended periods during freezing temps. For those times, we flip the battery "kill switch" as suggested by Reace, which isolates the batteries from charging. The 12v lights, outlets, etc still work because the converter does it's job stepping down the AC power to 12v but there's no worry about any potential battery overcharge b/c it is isolated. Our solar panel & charge controller still provide staged charging (even when the kill switch is "on") so we don't have to worry about the battery draining over time. Those without solar should probably check the charge & fluids once a month & maintain as necessary.
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Old 11-05-2010, 10:02 PM   #15
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I remove my battery out of the trailer into my attached garage that stay above freezing. I connect it in parallel with another deep cycle battery that has a 60 watt solar array and charge controller. When the batteries are full, the controller goes into a pulse mode to keep the batteries charged and prevent sulfation.
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