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Old 10-04-2016, 06:17 PM   #311
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Old 10-04-2016, 07:17 PM   #312
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If you could not replace the batteries what could you do?
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Old 10-04-2016, 07:49 PM   #313
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If you could not replace the batteries what could you do?
Jump start it and hope the alternators good?
If the batts. Ain't charging enough to provide and hold a starting charge then they gotta go. Or run a generator to keep the batteries charged cause your alternator can't do it?
Not a lot of choices except find and fix?
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Old 10-04-2016, 08:55 PM   #314
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Well, working for a school system, there are options to adapt and overcome. They have smaller batteries, however, there would be adapters to buy and so on. Not the best option for me, but it's there.

I'm not about to jump start it and hope the alternator recharges the batteries. The alternator is there to replace electricity used to start the engine and supply power to systems requiring less power. The alternator on HF is two years old and has 10K miles on it, so abusing it to save old batteries is definitely OUT of the question.

A battery store the district uses for their school bus batteries is providing the exact replacement batteries at a VERY reasonable cost to me. Helps to be working for the system sometimes.....

We had the battery swap in the budget, just hoping not to use it just now. But we'll have solid new batteries that will keep us going for a while.

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Old 10-04-2016, 09:25 PM   #315
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I would also test for parasitic load so you dont run the new batteries dead.. it could be the old batteries got run dead and gave up the ghost partly from age and partly because something ran them dead...

obviously a dead cell in one of the 2 batteries could also cause them both to run down dead too..

something I should have done with the newbus and havent yet.. I brought it home a week ago, parked it in its storage place and havet touched it since. bad-me because it looks to have 2 brand new batteries in it so I should check on it tomorrow to make sure something hasnt run them down..

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Old 10-04-2016, 09:37 PM   #316
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I believe a battery disconnect switch would be worthwhile for every skoolie owner to do. Luckily mine came with one. If it hadn't I would have installed one myself.
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Old 10-04-2016, 09:46 PM   #317
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my DEV has one(big ole handle on the dash) but its a fully mechanical bus.. im not sure yet if i should out one on the new bus or not .. if the computer is a learning type computer then I might lose a lot of economy settings by killing its power after every trip..

the new bus started right up when i got it.. I dont know how long they had been sitting in that auction lot without being run..

the DEV starts every time very easily.. with the batteries from 2013 that were in it when I got it... that bus is a TANK.. had it out for awhile today.. i'll take it to ohio during winter to see how it fares in cold weather... it does have a block heater and my storage unit in ohio has electricity for just that purpose..

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Old 10-04-2016, 10:01 PM   #318
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I believe a battery disconnect switch would be worthwhile for every skoolie owner to do. Luckily mine came with one. If it hadn't I would have installed one myself.
It was one of the first things I installed on my bus. Handy to have.
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Old 10-04-2016, 10:12 PM   #319
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Well, yesterday I went to HF to start her up and *click**click**click* ....

Batteries were dead. Even after starting her up every two weeks the batteries finally gave up the ghost.

Bigger surprise: these batteries are C-8DD batteries. I.E. they are THREE times the size of a regular truck battery EACH!!!!!!

Fortunately, being back to work for Katy ISD, I am able to replace them at school district prices. Granted that's not cheap either, but better than the alternative. So, for $309 total, I'm getting two new C-8DD batteries. They weigh about 100 pounds EACH. I hope I don't get a hernia swapping out these monstrosities.........

Story at 9, film at 11..........

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Man, my $75 apiece Rural King batteries are going on two years old now.
My bus just sat for four months without being started.
I don't disconnect em or anything, right.... It starts at the turn of the key everytime. Am I just luck or what? I never have battery problems in anything at all and all I run are CHEAP batteries.
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Old 10-04-2016, 10:43 PM   #320
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your bus is all mechanical.. it shouldnt have any battery drain on it... ive forgotten and left DEV's power turned on for a few days and it kicks over too...

I do need to check out this RK place though...
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