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Old 12-22-2018, 09:04 AM   #1
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One of us left the battery disconnect switch to ON for a little over a week with no shore power. When we got to the storage lot this morning, the house lights weren't working. We had depleted the battery.
We plugged it in to the shore power at the storage lot, but wondering if this will be sufficient. Will we need a new battery, or will charging it for a few days on shore power be enough to save the battery?
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One of us left the battery disconnect switch to ON for a little over a week with no shore power. When we got to the storage lot this morning, the house lights weren't working. We had depleted the battery.
We plugged it in to the shore power at the storage lot, but wondering if this will be sufficient. Will we need a new battery, or will charging it for a few days on shore power be enough to save the battery?
Depleted batteries can freeze in cold weather. If it didn't freeze, it may charge up OK but it may not have as much capacity as a well-kept battery. You will just have to give it a go.
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I can' find the battery disconnect switch on my "new to me " 2014 26BH. Can you tell me where yours is located?
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I can' find the battery disconnect switch on my "new to me " 2014 26BH. Can you tell me where yours is located?
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They don't come with switches from the factory. We had this one installed. I think it costs about $35 if you do it yourself.
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Depleted batteries can freeze in cold weather. If it didn't freeze, it may charge up OK but it may not have as much capacity as a well-kept battery. You will just have to give it a go.
We haven't had any freezing weather, so I guess that's good news. I will keep it plugged in for a few days and see how it does.
I just don't want it to deplete since that is what powers the breaks in event the trailer ever disconnects from the truck.
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We haven't had any freezing weather, so I guess that's good news. I will keep it plugged in for a few days and see how it does.
I just don't want it to deplete since that is what powers the breaks in event the trailer ever disconnects from the truck.
To be sure of your battery's condition, you'll need to have it tested even if the voltage shows that it is fully charged. It may or may not have sufficient amperage to the power the brakes in a breakaway situation and may or may not have sufficient capacity for an overnight stay if you don't have hookups.
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If left dead for 2 or 3 months the plates would sulfate and and it would go bad or lose lots of capacity. A week or two should not be a problem.
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To be sure of your battery's condition, you'll need to have it tested even if the voltage shows that it is fully charged. It may or may not have sufficient amperage to the power the brakes in a breakaway situation and may or may not have sufficient capacity for an overnight stay if you don't have hookups.
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Had it tested, and itís good to go. Thank you for the replies.
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