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Old 06-26-2012, 08:42 PM   #1
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Two questions

I'm getting ready to flip my 2003 T-2499 axles, any idea which Dexter axle it is?? Also, what is a good meter to keep track of the battery condition?? Thanks Chuck and Terry
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Thanks Sunline Fan, I ordered the kits this morning. Doesn't look like a hard job.
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Also, what is a good meter to keep track of the battery condition?? Thanks Chuck and Terry
Hi Chuck,

I use one of these VoltMinder

Digital Voltmeter | VoltMinder.com

You can plug it into the cigarette lighter looking socket by the TV antenna power booster or hard wire it into the 12 volts bus in your converter.

I tried to find it on BestConverter.com where I bought it but they do not list it now. And a few other searches say it is discontinued but it seems you can still buy it direct.

Here is an Amazon hit on it. Again not available by them right now. Maybe the requests have overcome the supply.
Amazon.com: VoltMinder Digital Volt Meter w/ 6 Foot Cord for 12V Batteries: Electronics

I really like the Voltminder as it even has a low level alarm that you can set it.

Then what voltage is what state of charge? I use this chart, see bottom of page, Trojan Battery Company

Those are at rest voltages. This works well boondocking as there is no surface charge left after about 8 hours. Meaning a lead acid battery has a mini memory to it from being charged. It you put a volt meter on the battery while charging it can read 13.25, 13.65 or even 14.4 if you have a 3 stage charger. That is the over voltage to actually charge the battery. The best you are ever going to get on a 12 volt lead acid cell battery is 12.7 volts when it is at rest and 100% charged.

Once you unhook the charger that higher surface charge will diminish down to the actual resting voltage over time which can take up to 8 hours. Read that number and compare it to the chart. So when boondocking and there is no large current device pulling power, a water pump, the furnace, the bath fan sorta etc, read the resting voltage after 8 hours of being unhooked from charging. The voltage will drop when the water pump runs or worse the furnace but that is the fact that high power is being used from the battery. It will come back up once the pump shuts off.

A good rule to go by is to not drain your battery below 50% or 12.1 volts resting voltage. The life of the battery will last longer if you charge it back up before going very far under 50%.

Hope this helps and good luck

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Hi Chuck,

I have my photo site working again. Seems I'm popular person to see WD hitch setups... there were so many hits on setting up a Reese hitch it locks out my account for the next 20 days.

Here is the Voltminder plugged in by the TV jack




Here I hard wired it in.




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Well John, You were right about that meter being out of stock and they don't know when they will restock. Going to look around abit and see what else is out there. Thanks. Chuck and Terry
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