Flat Battery

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  1. tick59

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    :Doh::Doh: Motorhome has been on electric hook up on the drive for three months, started engine a few times, Got up this morning tried to start motorhome,battery seems flat does this mean it is not getting charged on hookup, or is the battery gone? The battery is five years old.
     
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    Sounds like it is not charging from the hook up to be honest

    Simple tester for you

    Check the voltage on the battery with side lights on and no hook up

    Pop the EHU lead back in and check it again
    If it is still the same then it is not being charged from hook up

    If it has come up then it is the battery
     
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    I had an autoquest 140 and on hook up it only charged the leisure battery. To charge the cab battery a seperate charger had to be used or connect a cheap solar panel:Smile:
     
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    The Autoquest range only charges the leisure battery from hook-up. I fitted a CAK Tanks battery charge manager to ours earlier this year but prior to that used one of the Lidl chargers from time to time. If the battery is really flat you may have to jump start it and run the engine for half an hour before a charger will touch it.
     
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    if you are quick i heard of someone that fitted a battery charge monitor to charge the engine battery and i heard they may have it going spare at the moment:thumb::thumb:
     
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    What the devil is an EHU lead?
     
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    Hi Ticker and welcome :thumb:--EHU electic hook up lead :Wink:
    terry
     
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    Thank you so Terry. I just love 'techies' who use esoteric terms. Where in S. Yorks?
     
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    Sorry Andy, it's still on the van. Too much hassle to try to remove it :BigGrin:
     
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    An alternator will NEVER fully charge a battery, it only tops it up, it will need proper charging.
     
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    WOW !! I have been upgrade to a techy !! Nice one ...... :thumb:

    I just love folk who like to show off their vocabulary ......................
     
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    Thurnscoe and you?
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    esoclever with the English language:Rofl1:
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    OOOOH!
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    as the battery is 5 years old and starting to fail in cold weather, i would think about replacing it.
    starting the engine regularly is good but you do need to run it for 1/2 an hour or so to replace the charge taken when starting
     
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    There are so many battery questions on the forum that it would be nice if someone could write a flow chart type diagnostig for the those that need it.

    any offers?

    Doug...
     
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    even if there was one Doug, the same question would still be asked on the forums:RollEyes:
     
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    Yes, I realise that. However, the Lidl Tronic T4X (similar to CTEK) chargers will not touch a battery that has too low a charge. When we once let that happen we had to jump start it, run the engine for about half an hour then switch off at charge with the Tronic - which worked fine.
     
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    Granted.

    Doug...
     
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    A lot of the "intelligent chargers" like the C-Tek, have a seperate fly lead with them, that you can permanently attach to the battery, then plug the charger in when needed. the end of the fly lead can be put somewhere convenient so that the motor can be left locked etc but still charging.
     
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