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Mr porky

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After a significant bill from Northern commercials at the beginning of the week we are finishing the week with a call into premuim motorhomes in bawtry to fix a couple of silly broken bits window catch, sticking door etc.
We had stored our motorhome as we have been travelling since Christmas in mexico and America.
I had to charge the engine battery to get it started and noticed the leisure batteries were severely depleted, placed on hook up overnight but after another night without hookup they didn't even last till morning I knew we have a problem.
Anyway still awaiting the diagnosis from premuim (Currently sat in there nearly refurbished customer area).
New batteries can be expensive but let's see.
 
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New batteries can be expensive but let's see.
Bound to be dear from a dealer for a Morelo.
I used to work for a R/R and Bentley main dealer and the prices we charged for generic parts (batteries, lamp bulbs, wiper blades etc) were extortionate.
 
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After a significant bill from Northern commercials at the beginning of the week we are finishing the week with a call into premuim motorhomes in bawtry to fix a couple of silly broken bits window catch, sticking door etc.
We had stored our motorhome as we have been travelling since Christmas in mexico and America.
I had to charge the engine battery to get it started and noticed the leisure batteries were severely depleted, placed on hook up overnight but after another night without hookup they didn't even last till morning I knew we have a problem.
Anyway still awaiting the diagnosis from premuim (Currently sat in there nearly refurbished customer area).
New batteries can be expensive but let's see.
Do not buy leisure batteries from a dealer
Have them deliver to your house far cheaper

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After a significant bill from Northern commercials at the beginning of the week we are finishing the week with a call into premuim motorhomes in bawtry to fix a couple of silly broken bits window catch, sticking door etc.
We had stored our motorhome as we have been travelling since Christmas in mexico and America.
I had to charge the engine battery to get it started and noticed the leisure batteries were severely depleted, placed on hook up overnight but after another night without hookup they didn't even last till morning I knew we have a problem.
Anyway still awaiting the diagnosis from premuim (Currently sat in there nearly refurbished customer area).
New batteries can be expensive but let's see.
You may as well upgrade to lithium but not through Premium there are plenty of good independent suppliers in that area that would be far more price friendly 🙂
 
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Unfortunately as the batteries are in a silly place requiring removal of the inverter etc I'm going for the easy option, ie the dealer is fitting them and I'm going to hand over a wedge of cash.
New lithium is booked in for the 11th April and hopefully we will have Everything sorted to then be able to toodle of into spain.

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Do not buy leisure batteries from a dealer
Have them deliver to your house far cheaper

The Yorkshire war cry 😅
 
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Unfortunately as the batteries are in a silly place requiring removal of the inverter etc I'm going for the easy option, ie the dealer is fitting them and I'm going to hand over a wedge of cash.
New lithium is booked in for the 11th April and hopefully we will have Everything sorted to then be able to toodle of into spain.

As we have found, there are times when it is worth saving yourself a lot of hassle!
 
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No, but putting things into perspective some might be interested our experience with a static caravan. Site fees and rates £6000 per year, depreciation £5000 per year and this cost if not even there using it. Gas and electric are charged extra. The big catch is that you can only sell to the site owner with no negotiation and at 12 years old it must be replaced. Not a cheap hobby either, my other half won’t let me work out how much 7 years there cost us.
 
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No, but putting things into perspective some might be interested our experience with a static caravan. Site fees and rates £6000 per year, depreciation £5000 per year and this cost if not even there using it. Gas and electric are charged extra. The big catch is that you can only sell to the site owner with no negotiation and at 12 years old it must be replaced. Not a cheap hobby either, my other half won’t let me work out how much 7 years there cost us.
Been and done it. But THEY kept the t-shirt
 
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You may as well upgrade to lithium but not through Premium there are plenty of good independent suppliers in that area that would be far more price friendly 🙂
I stand to be corrected , my understanding from exploring Lithium for our Narrowboat is that the whole battery management procedure for Lithium is very different to Lead Acid. Will the existing charge controllers etc properly maintain Lithium? I don't know but I think it has to be explored I also think they have specific temperature requirements??? Hopefully there is an 'expert' on here who will enlighten us.

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We have had our new lithium battery fitted, gained more payload and I hope longer life batteries.
However we couldn't go for a mooch around Doncaster yesterday (yes yes not a bad thing 😁😁) as our scooter was not playing ball, the battery on that had failed as well so now £140 lighter after visiting honda motorbike Shrewsbury who were the only garage I could get into on short notice (originally supplied the bike and did its last service) everyone else was a week at least before they would even look at it.
Heading to near to Leicester to spend a night on a pub car park and enjoy a meal with friends.
The ferry to Spain is now booked for Sunday, I hope the weather improves for the crossing from Plymouth to santander. I feel as though I'm criss crossing the country 🙂
 
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No, but putting things into perspective some might be interested our experience with a static caravan. Site fees and rates £6000 per year, depreciation £5000 per year and this cost if not even there using it. Gas and electric are charged extra. The big catch is that you can only sell to the site owner with no negotiation and at 12 years old it must be replaced. Not a cheap hobby either, my other half won’t let me work out how much 7 years there cost us.
Been there, done that, worst thing I ever bought, luckily we only gave 4 grand for it, but it cost more than that every year in fees,
Same place every time we went away, same old folks when you get there.
Was I glad to give it back to them.
 
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We have had our new lithium battery fitted, gained more payload and I hope longer life batteries.
However we couldn't go for a mooch around Doncaster yesterday (yes yes not a bad thing 😁😁) as our scooter was not playing ball, the battery on that had failed as well so now £140 lighter after visiting honda motorbike Shrewsbury who were the only garage I could get into on short notice (originally supplied the bike and did its last service) everyone else was a week at least before they would even look at it.
Heading to near to Leicester to spend a night on a pub car park and enjoy a meal with friends.
The ferry to Spain is now booked for Sunday, I hope the weather improves for the crossing from Plymouth to santander. I feel as though I'm criss crossing the country 🙂
Sorry to hear of the battery woes Gareth & Philip. :( Couldn't the solar input keep both banks topped up, whilst you were away?

Glad to see you are getting sorted out.

Safe crossing on Sunday. (y) See you at Swaffham if you are going to that one again. :)

Jock & Rita. :)
 
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I’m just about to get 2 new batteries from Powerland Batteries in Alcester, cheaper than Tayna, checked before sent out, and I can collect them before going on for lunch at the “Round of Gras” at Badsey (asparagus)! Win, win.
 
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