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Old 05-03-2016, 10:30 AM   #15
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I am replacing both my house batteries today in a 2002 HR Admiralthat have been in since 2006. I just purchased this coach 2 months ago and knew they needed to be replaced. I am still learning and trying to get up to speed quickly. When it comes to care and maintenance, should the house battery be disconnected when I am hooked up to a shore line? or Leave on? reading a few different versions???? any other threads on here...btw... This is a great site
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...When it comes to care and maintenance, should the house battery be disconnected when I am hooked up to a shore line? or Leave on? reading a few different versions???? any other threads on here...btw... This is a great site


The batteries are normally left connected when you are hooked to shore power so the onboard converter will charge them. I assume your trailer works the same, but cannot say for sure it does. You should check battery fluid levels occasionally if you leave on shore power full time. I also recommend installing a battery disconnect and using it when storing for any length of time if not hooked to shore power;otherwise,parasitic power draws like a propane detector, some entertainment centers, TV, etc., will discharge the batteries.
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Depends on the Convertter

My 2008 Winnebago Outlook class C motorhom had a single level conveter/charger. I boiled and buldged my batteries when let plugged in. My new coach has a 3 stage charger that stops charging the batteries when capacity is reached and 5 years no problems.

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It's now day two of the Great Battery Box Replacement and Battery Upgrade Project.
And it's the last day!
I've installed the NOCO Battery box that I bought at WalMart.
Easy-peasy after fabricating a new battery box mount out of leftover 2x4's and plywood. I spent about $5 in mounting hardware.
Modified the venting system using part of the old, factory installed battery box and mounted the battery disconnect switch.
Today I'll head to get the new Group 29 battery from WalMart. I will take my volt meter with me and see what the voltage is BEFORE I buy it. It may need a quick charge, but I'll also ask them to run a battery test under load to insure it's a good battery. The blue sticker on the batteries they have read 3-16, so the manufacture date is about 2 months.
Hopefully, this will be my last post on this subject!
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The date stamp on the battery is superceded by keeping the receipt for the purchase. So, just keep the receipt in the trailer--date you bought it is start of warranty period. Date on battery is for no receipt returns...
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The date stamp on the battery is superceded by keeping the receipt for the purchase. So, just keep the receipt in the trailer--date you bought it is start of warranty period. Date on battery is for no receipt returns...
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Joe,
Right you are....I've made a copy of the receipt, put it into a plastic bag, and duct-taped it to the battery.
The original is in a three ring binder with outer information.
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