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Old 09-21-2011, 12:37 AM   #11
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Re: Battery and furnace - do I expect too much?

Perhaps it is time to add that solar panel, and never worry again! We accidentally left our furnace turned on last week with the trailer parked. With temperatures below freezing each night, I happened to walk by and heard the fan running. I went inside to turn the furnace off, and also checked the battery monitor. 100 percent charged! Love our panel!
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Old 09-21-2011, 02:09 AM   #12
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Perhaps it is time to add that solar panel, and never worry again! We accidentally left our furnace turned on last week with the trailer parked. With temperatures below freezing each night, I happened to walk by and heard the fan running. I went inside to turn the furnace off, and also checked the battery monitor. 100 percent charged! Love our panel!
Hi: ddevin...You're not alone here...but I can't say as much for our propane bottle. OOOPS!!! Alf
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:05 AM   #13
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Re: Battery and furnace - do I expect too much?

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I read all the reviews and ended up splurging on the Equus Battery and Charging System Monitor, which is the other one they sell.

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Baglo,

I have one of the Equus monitors and it is simple and effective for me. I have found that it shows me much more about the charge level than the Escape's built in meter does, and I don't have to open up the battery and deal with acid as required for more accurate SG testing.

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Old 11-18-2013, 03:43 PM   #14
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I'm still struggling with expectations as far as the battery goes.

I had it plugged into the mains at home for several days. Then I unplugged it and have been monitoring the voltage for the past week or so.

With only the propane / CO detector as a draw, the voltage is dropping by .03 per day. Started at 12.69 and reads 12.40 today.
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:19 PM   #15
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CO/Propane Detector Draw

A propane detector will draw 0.1 amps or a better measurement would be 2.4 amp hours in 24 hours. Your Trojan battery is rated at 105 amp hours. Multiply the number of days you are running the CO/Propane detector by 2.4 and you can see over five days you would be using 12.5 % of your total charge. However, since we do not run our batteries below 50% you are using 25% of available battery.

That seems like a lot, I assume most propane detectors draw the same amps. This is the reason I always use the master switch and shut off all power to the trailer when it will not be used for a time.

Could you have other "phantom" loads? A stereo, clock, TV? Even if turned off they may be drawing current. In your case it appears to be the detector. I have read where some detectors will draw 4.8 amp hours. I am not sure what the draw is on the Escape model.

I think the outcomes you are experiencing are within generally accepted experience.
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:31 PM   #16
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On my trailer the phantom loads are the LP and the radio, draw is .18Ah or 4.3 amps in 24 hrs.

I also use a cutoff switch when the trailer is not in use. Fortunately I mostly use the radio for it's ipod input and don't care if it looses it's station settings.
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:38 PM   #17
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I have no other appliances in use.
The detector is more than five years old, so I'll look into the draw of any replacement.
Meantime, it's usually plugged in 24/7.
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:14 PM   #18
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Just install a small toggle switch on the propane power line or throw your battery switch to turn everything off.
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:25 PM   #19
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I'm not concerned that power is being consumed. I'm only concerned how much is being used when the CO / propane detector is the only thing on ( that I can find ).
I keep it plugged in anyway, when not camping.
So, disconnecting the detector isn't going to address my feeling that the battery is being depleted faster than I experienced when I first got the trailer. This battery is two years old.
( it's good to keep receipts and make notes - time flies - I didn't think I'd had it that long already ).
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:58 PM   #20
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You may have a bad cell, can you check the specific gravity of each cell and compare, if so, you maybe entitled to a trade in credit.
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