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Old 03-17-2018, 02:09 PM   #1
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Battery Upgrade and Charging

So I just purchased 2x6 volt GC batteries to replace the dead house battery my 94 Classic 300 has installed.

My question is this:
1. Is the battery charger in my trailer smart enough to not cook the new batteries if I leave it plugged in?

The reason that I am asking is because the old battery that was completely toast looks kinda swollen etc from the trailer being plugged in in the driveway for the last week or so. I had filled it with water prior to plugging it in.

I just want to avoid destroying the new batteries. Thanks.

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Old 03-17-2018, 02:24 PM   #2
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Was this your first battery replacement?
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Old 03-17-2018, 02:29 PM   #3
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Was this your first battery replacement?


Yes. Trailer is new to me. Previous owner was always plugged in when using the trailer so he never even checked it in the 5+ years he had the trailer. I checked it when I got home and it was bone dry and would charge at all.

Since it needed replaced I went ahead and went with 2 6v batteries instead.


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They needed to be replaced anyway. 14 years is pretty good .
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They needed to be replaced anyway. 14 years is pretty good .


Yep. So should my charger be smart enough to not cook the new ones if It is left plugged in?


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Yep. So should my charger be smart enough to not cook the new ones if It is left plugged in?


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That would depend on your charger. If you are talking about a converter/charger that is 14 years old it probably needs to be replaced as well. If it's just a stand alone battery charger then it will need to be studied to see how it conducts itself.
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Technology has moved along quite a bit in the past 14 years...

I would bet at best you have a 2 stage charger. See if you can get the brand and model number. Airstream used to use a beast called the Uni-volt, it was notorious for boiling batteries dry. So much so that people would install a switch (similar to the one you have that is currently unidentified) to cut the power to it at night to eliminate the noise and the overcharging.

If you need a replacement, which I think it going to be likely, you want to get a Progressive Dynamics from Best Converter. Once you figure out what you currently have you can figure out which PD model would be the best fit.

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Technology has moved along quite a bit in the past 14 years...



I would bet at best you have a 2 stage charger. See if you can get the brand and model number. Airstream used to use a beast called the Uni-volt, it was notorious for boiling batteries dry. So much so that people would install a switch (similar to the one you have that is currently unidentified) to cut the power to it at night to eliminate the noise and the overcharging.



If you need a replacement, which I think it going to be likely, you want to get a Progressive Dynamics from Best Converter. Once you figure out what you currently have you can figure out which PD model would be the best fit.



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Thanks. Am I correct in assuming that it is probably located in the area below my fuse panel. I can get a pic tonight when I get home if that helps.




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Thanks. Am I correct in assuming that it is probably located in the area below my fuse panel. I can get a pic tonight when I get home if that helps.




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That is most likely where it is.

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That is most likely where it is.

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