Battery Question

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  1. Nani2

    Nani2 Active Member

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    I cannot find info in our manual about the battery.
    I googled and saw a video where you unplug a wire on the battery to disconnect and save battery life when storing the camper. It said something about otherwise it continually powers smoke alarm and such.
    I can't find anything on here about that. We store popup in our garage. It is a 2018 Flagstaff 228D.
    What should we be doing when we park it at home for weeks at a time? Should we do at campground if on shore power too?
    Thanks.
     
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    At home, plug your battery into a battery tender or just plug the camper into AC which will change the battery as well. At a CG with power available, again, just plug the camper in and the battery should charge.
     
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    As Steve has said.....and if left hooked up and not being on a battery tender, the propane and Co detector will drain the battery
     
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    I'm on Amazon and they range from a JR .75 for about $25 to 5 amps for about $65. My battery is a Duracell Ultra SLI24MDC which runs about $90. I don't want to bother you to research, but do you know offhand what is best?
     
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    Get a battery shut off switch. When your camper is just sitting there, disconnect the battery. You don't need to disconnect when on shore power. Many battery disconnect switches available for ~$10 and easy to install.
     
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    Is it okay to just undo one of the battery wires? I think negative? That's what we did when we brought it home. Easy
     
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    Yes, disconnecting either of the wires will prevent drain but for extended periods you will want to maintain charge.
     
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    Well then I guess we will not let it sit for extended periods!!
     
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    I like that thinking, assuming you mean you will be going camping.
     

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