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Old 01-25-2015, 12:51 PM   #1
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Need to service batteries

Last week I had to move my rig out of storage and found the batteries were dead as a door nail. Even after hooking up to my truck, it took several minutes before I could get enough juice to the batteries for the 6-point levelers to lower the rig onto my truck.

With my previous TT, it was a simple process to open the battery case by removing the strap and pulling out the battery to take home and put on my battery tender. When I looked to do the same with my RW, I found two boxes with lids that appear to be screwed down.

What is the best way to charge up the batteries prior to a trip since I don't have power at the storage area? I did purchase a regular battery charger for emergencies, but I can't even figure out the best way to hook it up.

Do I just take out the Phillips-head screws that appear to be holding the box covers on? Do I need to take both batteries out in order to get them charged up before my next trip?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-25-2015, 01:32 PM   #2
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Steve, search on here for battery cutoff. Lots of issues with the switch not totally cutting off the batteries. As for maintenance, undo the screws all around, disconnect and pull batteries up and out. Very heavy. I want to put in a slide to get them out. I purchased clips to replace all the screws as well.
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Old 01-25-2015, 03:58 PM   #3
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Hi, Steve. i found a small solar panel charger at an auto parts store for $25. i
It is just a trickle charge, enough to offset the battery drain from a auto clock. It comes with terminal clips (like jumper cables) which I attached to the terminals, ran the wires out through gaps in the metal for the gen prep, and bungee-corded the panel on top of the pin box. Works great.
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Old 01-25-2015, 08:33 PM   #4
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'll definitely have to look into both of them. This just shows again how valuable this site is for us "newbies". Your willingness to share you knowledge and experience is much appreciated.


Hopefully, one of these days I'll also be an experienced RW owner and I can "pay it forward".
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Happyfeet, I actually bought one of those but had spoken to our storage place and he said to just plug in to keep batteries up he would move us to one with electricity and charge me $5 more per month !

So never used it and returned it...
do you disconnect the batteries when solar charging
Do you have any concerns about overcharging ?
Thanks in advance !

I may go back to that since handling the 50 amp is bothersome in the winter, even WITH the electric cord reel
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Old 01-25-2015, 10:44 PM   #6
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I made two short cables with terminal rings to come off the battery. These go into a box I made that has two battery posts sticking out the side. The positive lead connects to the post inside the box, while the negative lead connects to a keyed shut off switch, then the other terminal. when I want to use the charger, I clip the leads onto the two terminals and engage the cut off switch. When traveling, I turn the switch off, remove the key, preventing anything from accidentally shorting across the terminals. The charge it puts out is a very small amount, just enough to offset the drain a dash clock would draw. Water level stays good, so I'm figuring that it's not overheating. We go out once a month, so the battery gets full charged then. ��
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Thanks ! and I'm remiss in not welcoming you to the site !!!!

go to the user cp and update your signature with your particulars so we can return the favor and help !
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Old 01-25-2015, 11:10 PM   #8
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Thanks for the welcome! I joined the site to get information on what troubles, if any, might be common to Redwoods. We currently have a 2014 Open Range 388RKS. Every trip we have made (once a month since new last March) has ended with it back into the dealership for warranty repairs. Looking to trade out of it into a 2015 38RL. The dealer is bringing one in for us to see, and hopefully do the deal, this coming Saturday. We love the design of the OR, but the build quality is way below my expectations! We've lost all confidence. Like what I read about RW!
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Johnboy - there is a 50a to 15a adapter that is only about a foot long. I use it all the time when the rig is out in front of the house and I just need minimal power to it. I got tired of the 50a cord too !!
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Happyfeet, I actually bought one of those but had spoken to our storage place and he said to just plug in to keep batteries up he would move us to one with electricity and charge me $5 more per month !

So never used it and returned it...
do you disconnect the batteries when solar charging
Do you have any concerns about overcharging ?
Thanks in advance !

I may go back to that since handling the 50 amp is bothersome in the winter, even WITH the electric cord reel
John,
I have had solar chargers before and the ones i had would stop charging when the battery was full. I think most good solar chargers have this feature.
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