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Post by Heidi on Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:26 am

Hi forum members, Heidi here.wave
Am looking to buy a booster pack for the 2.2 engine battery, on my Nuevo.  There are so many out there, does anyone have any info re a decent one to purchase? Have studied the net quite a bit, but being new to Motorhoming, find it all a bit daunting.
Are some brands better then others?
Will I also need a separate battery charger, for a flat battery?
Any help very welcome.
Thanks.
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Post by CC on Sun Nov 16, 2014 9:23 pm

Heidi wrote:
Am looking to buy a booster pack for the 2.2 engine battery, on my Nuevo. 

Will I also need a separate battery charger, for a flat battery?

Hi Heidi... May I ask why you feel the need to get a booster pack?  

These are mainly used for jump starting flat battery's... On a Motorhome you need battery's that hold their charge both on the vehicle and leisure side of things... If your battery is not holding its charge and goes flat then it's no good and you'd be better off putting your money towards a new battery instead.

Sorry if I've misunderstood your post in anyway best_friends

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Post by Heidi on Wed Nov 19, 2014 3:27 am

Many thanks for your reply CC., have purchased new vehicle battery already, habitation one ok at present.  Being very new to motorhome hols, I am listening to all kinds of advice, one piece I was given was to take along a charged booster pack in case you flatten the battery and need to jump start the engine?  Sorry if this sounds stupid, but I'm a beginner and eager to get things right.up!
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Post by -mojo- on Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:42 am

Heidi wrote:one piece I was given was to take along a charged booster pack in case you flatten the battery and need to jump start the engine?
If the electrics on your van are correct, that would just be carrying unnecessary weight - it should never be necessary to flatten the vehicle battery. In several decades of motorhome camping I have never done it.

When you are parked up there should be very little drain on the vehicle battery - typically only cab equipment such as the radio, cab lighting and cigar lighter socket. Everything else should come solely from the leisure battery. If you find that your vehicle battery is regularly going flat it would be better to investigate that fault than to take an emergency starter battery around with you!
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Post by brodco on Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:41 am

Hi wave


Like many kitchen gadgets I think battery boosters come under heading of one of those things that seem a good idea but are almost never used (for most people). Unless you are meticulous at keeping it charged up the booster battery will probably be flat when you need it anyway.

The most likely time to find a flat battery is if the van has been left parked up for long periods and the battery has been drained slowly by the various electronic gadgets that are still powered up. Many members of this forum (me included) use a small solar panel to solve the problem, something around 4 or 5 watts seems to be the most popular. If you do a search you should find several threads about it.

I do think it’s worth having a battery charger at home, just in case it’s needed. At least it hasn’t got an internal battery to go flat so it’ll work if you need it.

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Post by boxerman on Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:08 am

Like others have said, in all the years I've motoring / motorhoming, I have never seen the need to carry a battery booster pack.
However, I'm a subscriber to the 'ericthecarguy' Youtube channel and [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] really amazed me. they are available over here but they're not cheap.

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Post by Heidi on Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:22 am

Thank you all so very much, think I'll look into the solar panel instead.
Really appreciate your feedback, otherwise some newbies, like myself, just tend to follow all advice, if it seems logical! 
Very impressive video about the Microstart, Frank.  Such a small device, so powerful. Something that size would make more sense, for transporting.
Thanks again.
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