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Old 06-27-2009, 11:36 PM   #1
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Dead house batt

I made the mistake of not pulling the fuse and letting my van sit. Now the house batt seems to be dead. Before I go and spend the money to replace the house batt (ouch!) I wanted to see if anyone here had any suggestions.

I thought maybe I could plug in to my home but it has been a few hours and it doesnt seem to be charging or providing any power. This is the first time I have ever connected to 110 so I am not sure if maybe I was supposed to to something besides simply plugging it in.

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Old 06-28-2009, 09:17 AM   #2
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Re: Dead house batt

I think for safety reasons if your batt is too low the 110 won't try to charge it. Driving the van will get you charging, drive for say 20 minutes to make sure you're getting some charge in the house battery, then come home and plug into 110 without shutting the van down.

In theory (I've done this before but my house was only low not completely dead) the 110 will see the alternator voltage and go into charge mode, then you can turn the van off and the 110 will be charging. If it's too low this might kick out again, but worth a try.

Alternatively you can try a trickle charger on the house batteries to get them up to where 110 will take over.
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Old 06-28-2009, 09:25 AM   #3
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Don't forget to turn the breakers on after you plug it in.
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Re: Dead house batt

Do you really have to turn the breakers on? I thought the breakers just sent the power to the outlets, fridge, hot water heater, a/c and stuff. As soon as I plug my van in it starts humming whether the breakers are on or not. I've always thought it's charging either way.
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Old 06-28-2009, 02:11 PM   #5
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My Charger doesn't do anything until the breakers are flipped...
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Re: Dead house batt

No charge even though it was plugged in overnight. I am going to drive it around today and give it another try. I'll let you know how it goes.

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Re: Dead house batt

I had the van plugged in overnight and there was no charge. The lights on the batt didnt turn on to indicate that it was charging either.

I took the advice of jage ...I started the van and turned on the uplifter switch...let it idle for 5 mins...then plugged the van back in...switched off the breaker then back on (thanks skywagon)... Left the van on for another 10mins while plugged in then turned the engine off. The batt lights stayed on and it appears it is charging! Thanks guys!!

I will leave the van plugged in again over night. Hopefully the batt will recharge and actually be able to hold that charge so I dont have to spend the $$$ to replace the house batt.

Thanks again!!!
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Old 06-29-2009, 11:11 AM   #8
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Re: Dead house batt

It may take longer than overnight. I'm never sure how fast they charge. I'd try to leave it plugged in at least 48 or as long as possible.
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Old 06-29-2009, 01:41 PM   #9
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Re: Dead house batt

If it's a good made AGM battery such as the Lifeline and fairly new there is a good chance you'll be OK.
If it's a gel-cell all I can say is good luck.
But if it's a wet cell battery you better pull the caps and check the water level before the charge.

The way you posted $$$ about the battery makes me think it's a AGM...anyway sounds like you might be OK but you'll have to do a load test to check it after you put a good charge to it.
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Yep! Lifeline AGM 4D. I was surprised to the how much they cost.

How would I perform a load test?
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