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Old 08-01-2009, 04:15 AM   #15
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Hi there. Care to expound on the comment? If anything a question is answered with 1-2 correct answers and the rest are of the form, "Well I don't have the same XXX as you and have never had the problem, and really don't know anything about the problem BUT HERE IS WHAT I WOULD DO!"

It was meant to be a joke but holding still some truth to the matter. I can remember the days before the Internet and research was much more slow than today with the aid of forums of people in the know.
One reason you get an array of different answers on many questions is due to the fact that not enough information of the particulars are divulged; such as year, make, model, scenario of how things act under specific conditions. There is nothing like having hands on diagnostics but after 35+ years I can do fairly well with enough info.
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Old 08-01-2009, 11:56 AM   #16
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DAN L The specific gravity can tell you the true state of charge in a battery. For example if 1.210 or less it should be recharged. Also if there is more than a 30 point difference between cells it should be replaced. This is what I should have done instead of worrying about the gassing. This will be a good tool in addition to the charge wizard. Hope I answered your question.
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DAN L The specific gravity can tell you the true state of charge in a battery. For example if 1.210 or less it should be recharged. Also if there is more than a 30 point difference between cells it should be replaced. This is what I should have done instead of worrying about the gassing. This will be a good tool in addition to the charge wizard. Hope I answered your question.
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my point was HYGROMETERS mostly measure relative humidity in air, HYDROMETERS can be used to measure the specific gravity of the electrolyte solution in the cells of SOME, not all, batteries.
if you really purchased a HYGROMETER to use in conjunction with measuring battery function i wanted to know how you were making out. i thought i might learn something new.
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Hi there. Care to expound on the comment? If anything a question is answered with 1-2 correct answers and the rest are of the form, "Well I don't have the same XXX as you and have never had the problem, and really don't know anything about the problem BUT HERE IS WHAT I WOULD DO!"


The O/P said "Why didn't I do this two years ago"

The answer was "Because you did not come here and get good information"

There are many things I know about motor homes due to the various forums I visit every day... I mean, up till very recently I did not know that the law of the land (not just physics) required I have brakes on my towed (Trust me when I tell you that they are required BY LAW, at least in Michigan)

And I now the best way to deal with several other issues on my motor home thanks to posts in these and other forums.

If, 2 years ago, the O/P had not yet come here or one of the other forums, and learned.. That is why he would not have done it 2 years ago.

As I said, years ago when I first started visiting the forums I knew little.. Learned a lot since joining my first RV forum... Many years ago.
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DAN L I am glad you clarified that question. I kept wondering why my batts were measuring 90% humidity when I wanted specific gravity.OK you got me good on that one.

OK the reason I wondered why I waited two years is laziness. I was going to join the procrastinaters club but I kept putting it off. It was sort of a rhetorical question. 4 years ago I replaced an existing converter on a 5th wheel with a pd9160 and charge wizard so when I traded for the MH I just got lazy

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Old 08-03-2009, 10:18 AM   #20
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The O/P said "Why didn't I do this two years ago"

The answer was "Because you did not come here and get good information"

There are many things I know about motor homes due to the various forums I visit every day... I mean, up till very recently I did not know that the law of the land (not just physics) required I have brakes on my towed (Trust me when I tell you that they are required BY LAW, at least in Michigan)

And I now the best way to deal with several other issues on my motor home thanks to posts in these and other forums.

If, 2 years ago, the O/P had not yet come here or one of the other forums, and learned.. That is why he would not have done it 2 years ago.

As I said, years ago when I first started visiting the forums I knew little.. Learned a lot since joining my first RV forum... Many years ago.
John, I have learned a ton by reading on this, and other, forums. My point was, and is, that most often only one or two posts actually related to the problem and offer a valid solution. Most of the others have nothing to to with the OP and if they do, they give totally false information.

It takes a bit to sort them out.

I have found that any thread longer than 6 posts is overkill and has drifted away from the OP.

And I am as guilty as anyone!
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