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Old 09-16-2014, 07:09 PM   #41
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Woke up every 15 minutes or so, if I got back to sleep before it started up again. Tonight, the low is 13 so shouldn't need furnace at all.
Too lazy to bring out the solar panels. Might run genset to charge Mac and toys.
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Old 09-16-2014, 07:12 PM   #42
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Since I have, make that had, an identical controller and a small panel I thought I'd do a comparison test for you. The panel usually is cable locked to the trailer when at home and does (did) a great job of keeping the batteries topped up.

I remember unlocking it a couple of weeks ago and setting it aside because we were going away for a couple of days to a site with power.

Went out to hook it up to do some tests and it's gone.

If you can get the battery load tested that would go a long way towards sorting out your possible issue.

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Old 09-18-2014, 06:26 PM   #43
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Not buying a new battery this season.
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Old 09-18-2014, 09:51 PM   #44
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Does that mean your battery is ok, or you're just going to wait until next spring to get a new one, or just tired of dealing with it?
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I'll wait until spring and in the meantime, get this one load tested.
Looking at a group 27 AGM from Canadian Tire for $359 ( I think ). I put it on my sales alerts.
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Glenn, if you end up with a new AGM it will be interesting to hear about your experiences with it. They seem to have a lot of advantages over the conventional ones, but I've always wondered if they are enough better to justify the price differential.

Anybody else using them who can share their experiences?
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Glenn, if you end up with a new AGM it will be interesting to hear about your experiences with it. They seem to have a lot of advantages over the conventional ones, but I've always wondered if they are enough better to justify the price differential.

Anybody else using them who can share their experiences?
Can't speak to the use of AGM batteries in an RV, but I use them in my cars and have done for a long time. The AGM battery in my sportscar is almost 15 years old and still works great. Unheard of with a wet cell battery.
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Can't speak to the use of AGM batteries in an RV, but I use them in my cars and have done for a long time. The AGM battery in my sportscar is almost 15 years old and still works great. Unheard of with a wet cell battery.
That is excellent long term info.
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The Canadian Tire AGM is the same price as regular Trojan. I haven't made a careful comparison.
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The Canadian Tire AGM is the same price as regular Trojan. I haven't made a careful comparison.
That makes the AGM seems like a very good deal, if they are similar capacities.
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