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Old 04-14-2012, 01:38 AM   #21
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Re: More on Batteries

Wow, batteries charge through the cover! I think we get too much snow here in Alberta for that! I took my batteries out in the fall and neglected them all winter. I hooked them up two weeks ago, and went to Jasper for spring skiing. Once again, severely freezing temperatures every night, but the furnace kept us toasty - no hook-ups. The battery went down significantly each night, but we have the factory installed panel, so the batteries bounced right back every day under cloudy skies! It sure was nice to have our little escape-pod off in the regular camp sites with our own fire pit rather than with all the big rigs in the paved, electrical sites side-by-side. Simplicity. Love the Escape! Love the solar panel!

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Old 05-11-2012, 12:39 PM   #22
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A nice boondocking battery tip here at the 17:00 mark

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Old 05-25-2012, 01:43 AM   #23
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Extra Battery:

I have an idea to install a separate 12v battery with its own outlet somewhere inside the trailer. This would be in addition to (& possibly independent of) the two 6v batteries mounted in the front storage box.

Would Escape do this for me? If not, I could do it myself, and possibly hook it to the under floor tank heating pads, plus put in a separate cigarette-lighter type plug to use it with various things?

I read somewhere that a danger with 12V batteries is the escape of battery gases, that's why they're best stored outside the unit. However, many Escape trailers have their 6v batteries stored inside, so is that concern valid? And would this do me any good anyway?
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Old 05-25-2012, 02:09 AM   #24
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Re: More on Batteries

Yes, Lead-acid batteries emit hydrogen gas when being charged and discharged. It is very volatile and a wayward spark can set off a fire real easy. Best stored out side or in a air tight container vented to the outside properly. I'm glad mine are on the outside.
Hooking a third 12 v battery up to the charge system may be difficult but not impossible. The charge rate of the built in charger maybe the deciding factor. Good luck and be careful.
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:54 PM   #25
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Sealed agm batteries are used inside RV's. Might be another option for you to read about. Good luck.
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Old 05-25-2012, 02:59 PM   #26
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Re: Extra Battery:

Originally Posted by blugene
I have an idea to install a separate 12v battery with its own outlet somewhere inside the trailer.
I have to ask why? It will add another 80 lbs. to your cargo, require charging some how, require maintenance and require replacement after a few years ( $300? ).

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Old 06-04-2012, 03:44 AM   #27
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Re: More on Batteries

You're probably right Baglo, I didn't know a 12v battery weighed 80 lbs. Given that and other concerns, it's probably not a good idea... (hmm, maybe a 6-v?)
Reason: I might want to run the 12v tank heaters in a primitive campground, which would run them down quickly.
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Old 06-04-2012, 04:18 PM   #28
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Re: More on Batteries

you need to be plugged in for the 12v heaters to operate, otherwise your battery will be gone in less than one night, something like 10 amps on dc and 1 amp on ac, so with one on 50% would be 40 amp which is 50% your set up, but you will have to manually turn off/on to restrict them, otherwise if it's cold that will remain on that means 80 amps for 8 hours. your solar can only replenish maybe 40 per day
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:35 PM   #29
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Re: More on Batteries

So -- I admit I'm a little confused. Ultimately, is there any disadvantage to leaving your Escape "on" all the time? In other words, if you never disengage the electrical system?

Also, given that we have solar -- and presumabily that our batteries will never fully discharge -- is that a detriment to battery life? Do they need to discharge and cycle every so often?

Please forgive me if I overlooked something in there ... I have skills, but amperage/trickle charges/etc etc elude me.

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Old 06-27-2012, 04:18 PM   #30
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Re: More on Batteries

There is no problem leaving your trailer hooked up to 120V AC all the time. Battery banks in industrial situations use similar lead acid batteries and do so. They do run an equalize charge every once in a while to balance out the individual cell voltage. I know some of the RV converters will do this, but have no idea about the one Escape uses.

It is always best to keep the batteries as fully charged as possible, as below 80% charge damage can start to occur, and you should never get below 60%. They have no memory like many other typed of rechargeables, and do not need to be run down.

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