Powermania Turbo M430 onboard battery charger

Powermania’s Turbo M430 onboard battery charger

February 28, 2013

Powermania’s Turbo M430 onboard battery charger is waterproof and can charge up to four 12-volt batteries at one time. The battery charger is available prewired with four DC output cables and is rated at up to 30 amps. Voltage can be regulated for flooded or AGM batteries. The M430 provides three-stage... Read more »

Battery Drawdown

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January 9, 2013

Q: I have a 2009 Skyline Malibu 24-foot travel trailer and have been careful not to leave the shorepower connected for more than four days at a time for fear of “cooking” the battery. I disconnect the battery at the end of the season, take the battery in the house and put it on the battery charger... Read more »

The Battery Mat: Battery Acid Absorber

Cutting the Battery Mat

Bob Livingston
December 27, 2012

The basic yellow Battery Mat can be purchased on the Internet for less than $4. Recently, a friend was working on his batteries neatly mounted in an exterior compartment. He was proud of his system: multiple 8Ds positioned systematically and filling up the compartment with a precision fit. Over the years,... Read more »

RV Battery Charging Tips

RV Battery Charging Tips

December 4, 2012

Learn how to maximize your RV battery life with proper charging techniques. A TrailerLifeTV original video. For more trailer videos, go to www.TrailerLife.tv.

How To Test RV Battery Voltage

How To Test RV Battery Voltage

December 4, 2012

Learn how to test a battery voltage operated component in an RV. A TrailerLifeTV original video. For more trailer videos, go to www.TrailerLife.tv.

Charging a Trailer Battery With an Alternator

Charging a trailer battery

December 4, 2012

Charging a trailer battery with an alternator while driving is simple. Watch as we guide you through the alternator battery charge set up. A TrailerLifeTV original video. For more trailer videos, go to www.TrailerLife.tv.

Electrical System Upgrades

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Gary Wescott
November 13, 2012

Have you ever had that sinking feeling when you turn the key, and nothing happens, that it could be the starter? Or it could be the batteries, especially if you have a newer diesel with common rail direct injection and glow plugs. When the “Wait to Start” light comes on, those little glow plugs that... Read more »

Long-Term Charging

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

September 26, 2012

Q: Regarding last October’s RV Clinic “Take (Float) Charge”, if keeping your RV plugged in can lead to excessive battery water use, how do those who go south for the winter and stay plugged in at an RV park for months at a time manage to not overcharge their batteries? I’ve found no way... Read more »

Amp Hours and Battery Charging

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

September 11, 2012

Q: I really appreciated your latest articles and advice on RV batteries. As a matter of fact, I appreciate all of your advice. I usually trailer camp where there is piped water and either pit or flush toilets but no power. I go about four days before needing a dumpsite for the gray/black water. I may... Read more »

Optima’s Digital 1200 Battery Charger

Optima Digital 1200 Battery Charger

Bob Livingston
September 11, 2012

Keeping batteries charged in an RV that’s equipped with a standard-type power converter can be an exercise in futility. While many owners think they are doing the right thing by plugging their rig into 120-volt AC power, the typical converter/charger in RVs will never condition batteries properly.... Read more »

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