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Old 09-12-2013, 01:07 PM   #21
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If we are drawing 4 amps and we turn on the Maxx fan, we are still drawing 4 amps.
That's probably a newer unit with the 10-speed controller, on a low speed setting.
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Old 09-12-2013, 03:44 PM   #22
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Got a battery hydrometer and checked three of six cells. They read 12.50 ( in the white band "cell needs attention" ). So, I topped all six up with distilled water and I will be putting on charge again this evening, then check with hydrometer.
After charge this morning ( and waiting 20 minutes ) I got 12.84 on voltmeter. Two hours later after leaving the trailer with nothing running, I got 12.39
That's when I used the hydrometer.
Frustration and tarnation.

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Got a battery hydrometer and checked three of six cells. They read 12.50 ( in the white band "cell needs attention" ). So, I topped all six up with distilled water and I will be putting on charge again this evening, then check with hydrometer.
After charge this morning ( and waiting 20 minutes ) I got 12.84 on voltmeter. Two hours later after leaving the trailer with nothing running, I got 12.39
That's when I used the hydrometer.
Frustration and tarnation.

baglo
Don't give up so easy, try another full night on the charger or wait til you get home and charge for 24 hours non stop. If still low then it's time for a new one.
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:06 PM   #24
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Gone fishing. Caught a feisty 13 1/2 inch rainbow and had a few refusals and two cold beer.
Came back to the trailer and plugged in the voltmeter and it now reads 12.62 and the Old Bag has plugged every remaining cranny in the fridge with Okanagan Spring Pale Ale.
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:09 PM   #25
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The fishing and beer parts sound like much more fun than the battery parts......

The good battery part is that one this new should still have some warranty left to it if it is kaput.
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Maybe it's your spouse that is making the batteries stay charged??
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:04 PM   #27
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Charged again this morning for an hour and got 12.81 after resting for 40 minutes.
Hour later I used the hydrometer to test the cells.
Got 12.40, 12.80, 12.40, 12.50, 12.25 and 12.50.
I'm going to put it on a battery charger when I get home next week, but I don't think it looks that good.
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Maybe a battery shop can bring it back, but for me in the past, as new one always gave me more piece of mind.
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Glenn if you have to go the new battery route, maybe consider a switch over to the dual 6 volt system? On a 17b I would think all it would take is a second battery box and a couple of extra cables to the second battery - but maybe there is much more to it than I know. But, I bet you would love the battery life you get with the dual 6's.
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Fully charge the battery before recycling it. The battery may still be brought to a full charge (between 1.275- 1.280). A difference of fifty points indicates a problem cell. Your hyrdometer readings indicate a low battery charge with borderline cell specific gravity difference. As Jim B. suggested have a battery shop do the procedure. Fully charge, desulfanate, load test.
A dedicated battery charger the is powered by a 110V circuit (10 Amp or more depending on your generator) is a better option than using the low 12v generator output.
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