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Old 05-17-2005, 03:52 PM   #1
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I pulled both batts. today and found them down about an inch of water. I do keep plugged in all winter insted of pulling out (PIA) how often do the rest of you check? Scotty.
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I pulled both batts. today and found them down about an inch of water. I do keep plugged in all winter insted of pulling out (PIA) how often do the rest of you check? Scotty.
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Old 05-18-2005, 07:35 AM   #3
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I think I'm the king of the boiled batteries. With two boats and a camper, I seem to go through these things like most people go through AA's.

I have managed to keep the same set of batteries in the camper for the last couple of years.

Basically, the first step was to get rid of the electro-mechanical magnatek converter that was in the camper. If you leave that connected, you will boil the batteries out. I replaced mine with one of the Intellipower units and a charge wizard. I think it was the 30 amp model, about 150$. This helps a lot.

The other thing was to get the (Flow-Rite) battery filler device from CW . Basically, it replaces the battery caps and has a tube and a pump you use to automatically fill the battery to the correct level without removing it from the camper.

Doing both of these is a little spendy, but I figure it's better than going through a set of batteries every year

Not trying to help out camping world here or anything, just saying it's what I've done and it helps!

Oh, and to actually answer the question you asked, about once a month, but with my setup, it's more a matter of just topping off the batteries...
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Old 06-05-2005, 03:37 PM   #4
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Old 06-15-2005, 11:18 PM   #5
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We have a bigfoot camper; I check batteries ~ every 6 months....I managed to get 4 years out of the interstate batteries which were new with the unit when we bought the camper in 1999.

If you own a bigfoot camper that does not have the slide out tray for the two batteries, you know how "cramped in" the batteries are. I eased that problem a bit by cutting down the black plastic tray by about half. This allowed about 0.5 inch more vertical space to raise the batteries to pull them over the trays.

I am assuming that bigfoot must have solved this problem in later models....

Because the battery compartment is so small checking water level was a major job...because the batteries had to be removed. IVER D
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