Battery charging

Jul 26, 2017
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I have a Marquis Majestic 125 2013. Marquis tell me that the van battery is not charged on hookup (unlike the leisure battery). That would explain why it was completely flat on Saturday as its not been used for a month. Having flattened it I replaced it but I now want to keep the new battery charged up. Is the best way just to lift the floor hatch and clip on a charger or has anyone come up with a neater solution?

The Marquis technician recommended an Optimate or a solar panel.
 

TheBig1

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a solar panel would be ideal plus maybe fit a battery master
 
Feb 9, 2008
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I had this problem and solved it with a solar panel.
 
Jul 29, 2013
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If you can afford it a solar panel will charge both your van and leisure batteries of course you’ll need a solar regulator as well.
 
Jun 4, 2016
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Yip I fitted a battery to battery master which is easy to install (3 wires) then once you leisure battery reaches a certain charge, then a small trickle charge will be sent to your cab battery, thus then hopefully preventing what happened to you.
The one I bought was on ebay and was about £25

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Jul 26, 2017
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Thanks for the various replies. I think that I understand the options.
 
Sep 12, 2016
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Have a Chausson 2014 Reg 626 Flash and first year with a solar panel was fine. Kept both batteries topped up, even in the winter, but it then failed after a hab test (!) in 2016! So I now charge the cab battery every 2/3 weeks with our CTEK charger which although just over £60 a couple of years ago is worth its weight in gold as it also reconditions a battery if left to go really flat. I also charge the hab battery about every 10 days. As our hab battery is positioned under the drivers seat I have bolted the two extra wires that come with the CTEK to the battery terminals. That way I just have to connect up the CTEK wires. Charging for the cab bat is just overnight and for the hab is about 1.5 days. Do others find they also have to charge this frequently? I have a feeling our hab battery (110 Ah) may need replacing either this Spring or in 2019.

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Aug 4, 2011
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It’s that time of year when old batteries start to fail so changing it should be all you needed to do. You could join your two batteries together with a BatteryMaster (or similar) and then your internal charger will look after both.
 
Sep 12, 2016
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A battery Master would save the trouble of firstly charging the hab and then a week later the cab battery. I really also want to get to the bottom of why the solar cells are not sending enough charge through to keep them topped up. Possibly because the hab runs down too quickly (e.g. in approx 10 days)?
 

TheBig1

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A battery Master would save the trouble of firstly charging the hab and then a week later the cab battery. I really also want to get to the bottom of why the solar cells are not sending enough charge through to keep them topped up. Possibly because the hab runs down too quickly (e.g. in approx 10 days)?
without diagnostic info being available, I would hazard a guess that your solar controller has failed, assuming you checked the fuse. possibly caused by whoever did the had check shorting out the solar wires

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two

Aug 4, 2011
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Try and find out what's drawing the battery down. It may be that the battery is on its last legs and has much reduced capacity. It's easy to reduce the life of a battery by leaving it in a discharged condition so regular checks and top-ups are a good discipline. I'm not so sure that permanent float is a good idea, though (depends on battery type).
Solar power at this time of year is rather scant and battery performance is also reduced in cold conditions. You may be lucky to get an Amp flowing in at peak times. Make sure that the cab side is switched off while not in use. The panel should still be able to charge it.
 
Feb 9, 2008
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If your on continuous hook up when not in use and already have a second battery charger, this would be your cheapest option and i deal if the second battery charger is an 'intelligent' one.
If not, then solar power and as much as you can handle. (do it once and do it right), just make sure the cab battery also get's a charge when using solar.
 
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