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Message posted by dazson on 22/9/2009 at 3:32pm
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Hi,

Our battery is 2 years old and is not holding it's charge. We have been told this is the normal life of a leisure battery. Which is the best battery to buy, does it pay to buy a more expensive one?

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Marilyn


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A leisure battery should last longer than two years, if looked after. The thing that damages batteries is being allowed to fully discharge, use a trickle charger to keep it charged up and it should last longer

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My leisure battery came with a 2 year guarantee and I have the receipt in the van just in case.

I would expect any make leisure battery to last longer than 2 years though if looked after correctly though.




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I think a battery should last longer than two years even if not looked after.  I don't look after mine and the only time I have changed the battery is when we have changed the van. 

My first battery lasted 5 years (went with the caravan).  My second battery lasted 11 years (went with the caravan).  My third battery was bigger - we had a motor mover - it lasted 18 months, until the caravan was stolen (went with the caravan).  My current battery is two months old and we still have it (and the van).  The only time I have charged up the battery is when it charges itself from the car or site - in fact I have only actually touched a liesure battery 3 times - in each case, when I attached it to the caravan.  The battery was already attached to my present van.

I have complete faith in leisure batteries and do not own a seperate battery charger.  Looks like I've been lucky - hope that continues!!?? 17



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My 2+ year old leisure battery works Ok if you are on hook up and will move the van on the mover up the drive when arriving home

BUT we had a power cut on site last week and Tv lasted about 30 mins before cutting out

On checking at home yesterday it was short of water and one litre was added today to bring it up to the mark

So they do need some attention and lets hope this late TLC has restored it to full power17



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Hi Marilyn
Look on this site,they are superb batteries at good prices & guarantee.http://www.performanceleisure.co.uk/motor_home_batteries/

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Check the levels at the end of each season (at least) and keep it charged up and any battery should last longer than 2 years. If you're doing that a lot of experts suggest it's not worth paying extra for a fancy battery.

Personally I wouldn't have a sealed battery - if it does lose fluid you can't top it up again!

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This is a good site for information on leisure batteries.

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Hi,

Thanks for all your replies. The battery is just over the 2 year guarantee period. As far as we know we have looked after the battery. We only use hookups and when not using the caravan, at home, we keep it hooked up.  Is this the right or wrong thing to do.

We didn't realise there was a problem with the battery until we use the mover and it keeps pausing. When we rang Powrwheel they suggested checking the battery.

Thanks

Marilyn


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The best battery to get is a different make than what you have. Mine cam 2nd hand with the van 4 years ago and is still going. It is always on charge and I top up the water once a year (I'll go & do it now before I forget!)

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Go to your local car parts store, they will sell you some tablets to pop in your battery, the do work (well they work in normal batteries, when i have picked some up from the scrappy to use in banger racing)

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Quote: Originally posted by dazson on 23/9/2009

Hi,

Thanks for all your replies. The battery is just over the 2 year guarantee period. As far as we know we have looked after the battery. We only use hookups and when not using the caravan, at home, we keep it hooked up.  Is this the right or wrong thing to do.

We didn't realise there was a problem with the battery until we use the mover and it keeps pausing. When we rang Powrwheel they suggested checking the battery.

Thanks

Marilyn


Have you actually had the battery tested?

My van paused using the mover on the last couple of trips. Eventually found out that the little receiver antenna for the remote control (a bit of wire ) had been flattened by something falling on top of it!  In my van it is located under one of the seats where the side dinette is.  Straightened antenna up and problem solved!  Worth checking.



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I have no idea how old my battery is my mate gave it to me & he used it in his camper for a few years I've used it for getting onto 3 years. All I do is when it's not in use just connect it to one of those solar trickle chargers & it seems to keep it topped up. You can get these chargers for around a tenner on ebay or less if you look about. I've just looked on the maplins site & they're selling these for 9.99

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Hi,

OH has just come back from having battery tested by a supplier and they say the battery is fine. Regarding the antenna we have checked it has not been flattened and that appears to look ok.

If we call Powrwheel out and it is the battery, we have to pay 70 call out fee.

Not sure what to do next!!

Thanks for all you help.

Marilyn


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I imagine you have already checked the battery in the remote control!

Was the battery in a charged state when it was tested? If not perhaps the problem is the charger in the caravan!



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I suggest (to possibly save you 70) you temporarily use your cars battery to briefly test your mover (then put it back on the car and ensure it gets a good run fairly soon after to top it up)  - this will not harm the battery as starter batteries are designed for short, high current demands  - which is what the mover needs. Make sure you have the code for the radio before you disconnect your car battery. 


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