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Old 11-18-2013, 07:07 PM   #21
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Been there. Done that.
BTW, a length of foam pipe insulation makes a great storage tube for the hydrometer.
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Old 11-18-2013, 07:25 PM   #22
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"I'm only concerned how much is being used when the CO / propane detector is the only thing...."

Don't know if this helps or not, parasitic drain measure starts at 12.00 mark.
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Old 11-18-2013, 07:45 PM   #23
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He talks about parasitic drain from radios, tvs and the like. I've got no electronics installed. Have nothing plugged into the 12V outlets, nothing in the 120V outlets, fridge is off, furnace is off, smoke detector is battery operated.
So, I give up. It is what it is, I guess.
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:26 PM   #24
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I've arrived at the same conclusion - "it is what it is". Re the ghost discharge, my controller reading drops to around 11.5 during three or so weeks of winter garage storage - nothing obvious ON that might draw current. When camping on cold fall nights, the charge has dropped from full to the low yellow range with the furnace operating at lower temp settings. My lifeline deep-cycle 12V is maybe two years old.
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Yup. Sounds like exactly the same issue.
I'm sure I could run the furnace 3 or 4 days ( nights ) before dropping into the orange a few years ago. Now, it's in the orange after light furnace use overnight. Two year old battery. I suspect I replaced my old one prematurely.
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:13 PM   #26
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I installed a TM2025-RV Trimetric Battery Monitor earlier this year to give me an accurate idea of what is going on with my battery. Things it does:
  • shows net current charge or discharge on the battery
  • allows you to see the impact of adding or subtracting any load such as the furnace, fan, lights etc.
  • accurately estimates and displays the State of Charge of the battery
  • displays the voltage at the battery
I have found the Trimetric really handy for monitoring the performance of our solar panel and managing power use. With this type of monitor you don't need to wonder what is going on -- you know! We still have our original Interstate battery (almost four years old now) and experienced no problems with it. See TriMetric Battery System | Bogart Engineering
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:24 PM   #27
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Where you get it? How much?
Don't see it on etrailer.com
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Old 11-19-2013, 12:02 AM   #28
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Found a price.
That's more than six dozen beer.

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Old 11-19-2013, 12:18 AM   #29
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Baglo, it is possible that you are not starting with a fully charged battery. You may want to confirm the starting state of charge. I changed out my converter to a higher power 4-stage unit to achieve a proper charge for my batteries like the manufacturer recommends because the stock converter from the factory wasn't doing a proper job. If you are not starting with a really good charge you will see the battery voltage taper off much faster that expected. When you get a chance, bring your battery up to charge with your converter then check the overall voltage at rest (after a few hours) and check the cells with a hydrometer. This also checks the cells individually like Jim suggested.

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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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Here's an earlier post on another thread:

An hour after taking it off the second charge, I have 12.75 in all cells but one ( it looked more like 12.85 ).
The voltmeter reads 13.68.
I now have the trailer plugged in again.
I guess I'll unplug it again and see how it does over a period of days.

( voltmeter dropped to 12.69 after several hours )

I have used a 10A charger direct to the battery terminals and plan to carry it with me. Trojan says in a video that if you unplug the charger and plug it in again it will act like a charger with "equalization".
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