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Date:         Wed, 27 May 2015 06:02:59 -0400
Reply-To:     Dennis Jowell <dennisjowell@GMAIL.COM>
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From:         Dennis Jowell <dennisjowell@GMAIL.COM>
Subject:      Re: Aux battery hookup
Comments: To: Alistair Bell <>
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I'll check it out I thought that wasn't correct. I using a new CTEK 3300 on board battery charger is recently installed. Thanks Alastair for the info.

Dennis Jowell Scotch Hollow Farm Newbury, Vermont

> On May 26, 2015, at 9:15 PM, Alistair Bell <> wrote: > > Charging to 13.2 is not enough. Look up the specs on your batteries to find out the bulk charge value and charge to that. I'm betting that will be somewhere around 14.4 V. > > Chronic undercharging will reduce the capacity of your batteries. > > 13.2 V isn't even good enough as a float voltage for many batteries. > > Alistair > > > >> On May 26, 2015, at 3:35 PM, Dennis Jowell <dennisjowell@GMAIL.COM> wrote: >> >> I start off after changing all 3 batteries to about 13.2 then after a week it's down to 12.2. The only draw that I see is possibly the radio and the clock. I was trying to understand how long the batteries will last when at a campground with no shore power. It may be weather related, cold then hot during the test period and when I read the gauge. I suppose this may be just the typical way the batteries react and I am to concerned. >> >> Dennis Jowell >> Scotch Hollow Farm >> Newbury, Vermont >> >> >>> On May 26, 2015, at 9:42 AM, Jon VO <jondvo@GMAIL.COM> wrote: >>> >>> I've got 80AH, but the CO2 & gas sensors, plus the radio memory draw >>> about 50mA. I put the battery on a Battery Tender >>> ( >>> after about a week. I wired in a connector to make it easy. >>> Jon >>> >>>> On 5/26/2015 5:59 AM, Ryan Perry wrote: >>>> How long do you leave the van sitting at a time? So mine doesn't cut it off >>>> completely, the clock is still correct but it certainly gets turned off. >>>> But I also keep my aux connected to a trickle charger most every time the >>>> van is parked. You might want to consider that. Also, you could put a >>>> switch to the hot lead to the radio and kill it completely if you don't

>>>> want to charge the battery. Your clock would be wrong and you would lose >>>> stuff like BlueTooth pairings. >>>> >>>> On Mon, May 25, 2015 at 7:34 AM Dennis Jowell <> >>>> wrote: >>>> >>>>> Ryan, >>>>> I also have that GOWESTY switch installed but the aux. batteries slowly >>>>> still get depleted over time. The switch works and the radio still has

>>>>> memory so I suspect it's getting power from the aux system. Possibly I

>>>>> should just go with it the way it is. The drain down is ever so slight. My >>>>> Monday thought. >>>>> >>>>> >>>>> Dennis Jowell >>>>> Scotch Hollow Farm >>>>> Newbury, Vermont >>>>> >>>>> >>>>> On May 25, 2015, at 7:08 AM, Ryan Perry <> wrote: >>>>> >>>>> GoWesty also sells a radio switch kit. I like it, lets you flip the switch >>>>> to turn radio on with key or always on. You could probably do it yourself >>>>> if you are smarter than me. It taps into the wiring in the steering column >>>>> then to switch, from switch it goes to always on power and remote power. I >>>>> put mine under the bottom lip of the dash and made it so the switch flipped >>>>> towards steering column is on with keys, flip towards radio is always on. >>>>> >>>>> >>>>> >>>>> On Mon, May 25, 2015 at 6:23 AM Dennis Jowell <>

>>>>> wrote: >>>>> >>>>>> Trying to figure it how to rewire the radio to be shut completely off

>>>>>> when I want it off. Add toggle switch somewhere in line ? I have the >>>>>> GOWESTY aux. kit installed. I'll get this battery setup done somehow.

>>>>>> Thanks for any suggestions. >>>>>> >>>>>> Dennis Jowell >>>>>> Scotch Hollow Farm >>>>>> Newbury, Vermont >>>>>> >>>>>> >>>>>>> On May 8, 2015, at 6:43 AM, Frank Condelli <RAlanen@AOL.COM> wrote: >>>>>>> >>>>>>> Denis, the radio could be the culprit. I’ve seen some of these >>>>>> new fancy radios that draw a lot of power just for the faceplate even

>>>>>> though the radio is off. It’s like your new TVs, you turn it off, but >>>>>> really it is not off but constantly using power to keep the processors >>>>>> alive so it does not take a long time to boot up when YOU turn it on.

>>>>>>> >>>>>>>> On May 7, 2015, at 3:06 PM, Automatic digest processor < >>>>>> LISTSERV@GERRY.VANAGON.COM> wrote: >>>>>>>> I'll check it out when I get back to my farm. I have a good meter. >>>>>> Maybe >>>>>>>> the radio pulling in the power. >>>>>>> >>>>>>> >>>>>>> Cheers, >>>>>>> >>>>>>> Frank Condelli >>>>>>> Almonte, Ontario, Canada >>>>>>> '87 VW Westy, '00 Kawasaki 250 Sherpa, "98 Ducati 750 Monster & Lionel >>>>>> Trains (Collection for sale <>) >>>>>>> Frank Condelli & Associates <> - >>>>>> Vanagon/Vanagon Westfalia Service in the Ottawa Valley >>>>>>> BusFusion <> a VW Camper camping event, >>>>>> Almonte, ON, June 04 ~07, 2015 >>>>>>

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