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Old 23 January 2006, 13:23   #1
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battery charging

reading through Lurchers account of battery flatness It got me thinking, (those that now me will realise that is unusual) I was wondering if fitting a secod towbar electrics as would provide charging for the boat batteries whilst under tow. So you arrive at the slipway with the batteries in tip top condition. I understand this won't sort out an alternator problem.

Does anybody currently ( boom boom) do this! I think it would work best with sealed batteries
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I see you're a trade member. That explains it.

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Trouble is though, the rest of the time everyone could see your double electrics on the back of the car and assume you had a caravan
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a good idea but...

is the downside not that if you do have an alternator problem you are less likely to discover it until you try to start the engine much later in the day, when sods law says you will be in the middle of nowhere or there is a tanker charging towards you!

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Would it be too much like common sense to fit a voltmeter or ammeter so you can see if you're not charging before it becomes a problem?

A charging hookup from twin electrics would be a bloody good idea then.
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I charge mine up from the caravan socket. Only takes 30 seconds to plug the lead in. Mind you my Searider has the socket on the back of the console so it is very easy to do.

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Would it be too much like common sense to fit a voltmeter or ammeter so you can see if you're not charging before it becomes a problem?
Certainly seems sensible - possibly a better use of money than fitting twin electrics, and a connector on the boat, and extra cable though!

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A charging hookup from twin electrics would be a bloody good idea then.
I'm not sure I understand the benefit of charging from the car? Unless you leave the boat unused for long periods, if your alternator is doing its job it should be charging the battery when you use the engine.
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