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#1nobby

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Posted: 09/11/19 11:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's been a hot summer and I've gotten some use out of the PortaNobby.

I had to get both LP tanks refilled and since my batteries are hidden down below the tanks I thought I'd take a look.
2 - 6V wet batteries were THIRSTY.
Fluid was still covering the top of the plates, but barely.
I added 1.5 litres total between the 2 batteries.

I seem to remember checking them BEFORE last season started.
My bad.

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Posted: 09/11/19 12:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the reminder. It's been hot in our area for a few months and I haven't checked water level for about 6 weeks. Going to do that today on all vehicles including golf cart and UTV.


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First of the month...battery check time unless camping, then weekly. Batteries are expensive!


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The moral to the story is to check the water level monthly.


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Posted: 09/20/19 09:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

#1nobby wrote:

...my batteries are hidden down below the tanks I thought I'd take a look...


Good situation for a remote watering system. And then, go AGM for your next set of batteries.


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Checked mine the other day too. Still covering the plates but added nearly 1/2 liter of water to both of mine.


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I have never had to add a drop to our one battery in 13 years. Replaced it at 6 years after it sat all winter on a tripped GFCI. Replaced it last year since it was 6 years old. Cheap Interstate group 29 on a PD converter 24/7 when parked. Used on several trips per year, most without hookups.

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Yeah, they are a real PITA to access. Behind the propane tanks, remove some straps in a space barely large enough for my fingers to fit, snap open the box lids with a long screwdriver, just to see the top of the batteries.

I try to check them at every propane refill, but sometimes I say heck with it and I'll check them later. Then usually don't.

During our last trip I noticed they went from full charge to 50% in one night with the heater on. So I checked and they were thirsty. They are four year old batteries, so it may be time to replace.


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dave54 wrote:

Yeah, they are a real PITA to access. Behind the propane tanks, remove some straps in a space barely large enough for my fingers to fit, snap open the box lids with a long screwdriver, just to see the top of the batteries.

I try to check them at every propane refill, but sometimes I say heck with it and I'll check them later. Then usually don't.

During our last trip I noticed they went from full charge to 50% in one night with the heater on. So I checked and they were thirsty. They are four year old batteries, so it may be time to replace.


Jeez......I almost thought I wrote what you wrote. Exact same story.
Except that my batteries are still holding a charge.

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