Batteries and charging

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  1. barsteward

    barsteward Funster

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    Now beginning the silly questions, none of which are silly if you know the answer but to a complete numpty like myself!!!:whistle:

    Firstly, does anyone know what original standard battery is fitted to the Bolero 712?
    I don't pick up the van until the 18th and I am trying to research/forward plan suitable options for the way I perceive I will use the MH. I think one off my first jobs will be to fit another leisure battery and to try and cover charging options, there is a solar panel already fitted but at the moment I don't know the make output or anything else.:wasntme:

    I've noticed in a number of threads the term B to B charging so have done a little research, I by no means understand the techy jargon but my grasp of the idea is that charging between the leisure batteries and veh battery are optimized to get the most out of the alternator whilst traveling. I do however think that the cost of this type of system may be out of my budget range.

    During the research I have also read about "Advanced digital alternator regulators" again I'm not o fey with the techy stuff but it appears that this system performs the same function in a different way but at a more affordable cost.

    Any clarification advice in layman terms would be appreciated.(y)
     
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    Well 'stard we picked ours up and went away in it for the night only to find out the leisure battery was buggered. The MH is in for some jobs including a new battery. The plan is to set out again to see how long with our particular usage it lasts, if it doesn't last long enough we will then choose what to do next but to save money we are going to " suck it and see" first. :)
     
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    A very wise move.
    You may find what you have will do what you want.
    I shudder to think how much money has been spent on "must have's" only to realise they are just "wants" and can get by without.
     
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    Very true, if I fitted everything that's been recommended on Funsters I would be bankrupt and the MH would be four tonnes over MPGVW. :D
     
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    You may already have a split charging system. I bought an expensive slow charger for mine only to find the Rapido already had one which works well. Travelled throughout Spain last winter staying at different camp sites with no problems because of available hook ups. However when we have spent the night minus said hook ups we have experienced no problems. In a previous life I was a boater and the norm there is to carry a bank of anything up to half a dozen batteries for the domestic side.
    If wild camping most of the time battery management will be a priority, staying on campsites though and it's not something you need to worry about?
     
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    Will be trying the mh out for a few days before spending too much but until I get it may as well research all scenarios so as not to be doing things in a rush at the last min. I hope to be across that stretch of water before Christmas.:D
     
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    Agreed. B2Bs are expensive but they do bang some amps into the leisure battery.....unlike the split charge relay you had fitted.

    Yes, it will.....But only while the engine battery needs charge....ie just after starting etc.
    Once it is charged the alternator output drops to an amp or two so will take hours of driving to top up the leisure battery
     
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    He put his meter on and it showed 14.4 volts.

    and both batteries fully charged on way home. 300 miles.
     
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