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Old 05-11-2013, 12:31 PM   #1
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Battery drain trickle charger info needed

Hello to all. I am new here and enjoy the reads. I am having trouble with the starting battery going dead on my new to me 2001 National Tradewinds LTC. Certainly is operator error for the most part as I try to figure it out. I read a post a couple of weeks ago on the issue and there was mention of a charger to add to the battery system that feed off of the house to the chassis and vice a versa. No I cannot find the post. Thanks in advance to all that may want to advise here.

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Old 05-11-2013, 01:17 PM   #2
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Hello to all. I am new here and enjoy the reads. I am having trouble with the starting battery going dead on my new to me 2001 National Tradewinds LTC. Certainly is operator error for the most part as I try to figure it out. I read a post a couple of weeks ago on the issue and there was mention of a charger to add to the battery system that feed off of the house to the chassis and vice a versa. No I cannot find the post. Thanks in advance to all that may want to advise here.

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I would think your Tradewinds came with a BIRD system (keeps both chassis and house batteries charged on shore power). So your problem would lie with that, unless you are storing it without shore power. Due to drains from the computer, clocks, steps and other small drains, a chassis battery can go flat in 7-14 days.

I believe this is the device you read about.

Ultra TRIK-L-START Starting Battery Charger/Maintainer
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:46 PM   #3
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Assuming your rig didn't come with a BIRD, people either add the Trik-L-Start, or if trying to save money, a float charger from WM or any auto parts store for around $20. That requires a convenient electrical outlet nearby or an extension cord.
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And, you also might consider the upgrade to the Trik-L-Start, the AMP-L-START which is a 15 amp charger as opposed to 5 amps. For the $16 difference, I'm thinking it's worth it. I examined one when I helped a neighbor install it in his rig and it seems like everything the Trik-L-Start is and more.

AMP-L-START Starting Battery Charger/Maintainer - Overview Page


I considered swapping an AMP-L-START for my Trik-L-Start but since the Trik-L-Start has been working flawlessly for us for years, it wouldn't make sense.

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Old 05-11-2013, 07:36 PM   #5
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I have the Trickle-Start and it's worked great for four years...very easy to install.
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