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Old 10-04-2016, 11:44 PM   #321
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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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Rural King is east of the Mississippi, so Ohio should have some IF I'm correct.......
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Old 10-05-2016, 12:03 AM   #322
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Rural King is east of the Mississippi, so Ohio should have some IF I'm correct.......
I've never seen one but it sounds like a clone of Tractor Supply Company.....
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Old 10-05-2016, 03:35 AM   #323
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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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There is a battery you can use to keep your vehicle's brain alive when the main battery is disconnected. Mechanics usually have them in their tool box. How long the battery lasts I don't know.

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Old 10-05-2016, 05:17 AM   #324
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There is a battery you can use to keep your vehicle's brain alive when the main battery is disconnected. Mechanics usually have them in their tool box. How long the battery lasts I don't know.

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The one you're talking about is one that plugs into the cigarette lighter in a car. Most buses don't have a cigarette plug. Somehow my bus does! The adapter uses a 9 volt battery to keep the "brain" of the vehicle active while the main batteries are being swapped out. This prevents a power surge and the possibility of frying the "brain".........
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Old 10-05-2016, 06:21 AM   #325
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I've never seen one but it sounds like a clone of Tractor Supply Company.....
Its like a Walmart-sized Tractor supply with MUCH better selection and diversity in products.
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Old 10-05-2016, 07:45 AM   #326
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im assuming they are down here in florida?

I never thought of using a small bettery to power the brain.. I could easily use one of the portable LiON laptop extra-juicers on it... i have one that has 123 volt output uop to 5 amps.. it could be mounted to kick on when the main got turned off.. the bus computers have large caps in them so they wont drop off line durong the changeover.. a simple NC reed relay would work so it wouldnt even create much battery drain if I forgot to turn the mains off..

great idea on the little battery!!
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Old 10-05-2016, 12:27 PM   #327
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im assuming they are down here in florida?

I never thought of using a small bettery to power the brain.. I could easily use one of the portable LiON laptop extra-juicers on it... i have one that has 123 volt output uop to 5 amps.. it could be mounted to kick on when the main got turned off.. the bus computers have large caps in them so they wont drop off line durong the changeover.. a simple NC reed relay would work so it wouldnt even create much battery drain if I forgot to turn the mains off..

great idea on the little battery!!
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I believe Auto Zone has them in stock.......
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Old 10-05-2016, 02:05 PM   #328
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im assuming they are down here in florida?

I never thought of using a small bettery to power the brain.. I could easily use one of the portable LiON laptop extra-juicers on it... i have one that has 123 volt output uop to 5 amps.. it could be mounted to kick on when the main got turned off.. the bus computers have large caps in them so they wont drop off line durong the changeover.. a simple NC reed relay would work so it wouldnt even create much battery drain if I forgot to turn the mains off..

great idea on the little battery!!
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Yep, there are several in FL. I use the one in Leesburg.
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Old 10-05-2016, 09:20 PM   #329
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Its like a Walmart-sized Tractor supply with MUCH better selection and diversity in products.
Agri Supply here. VERY cool place!!
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Old 10-05-2016, 11:24 PM   #330
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I'll have to check them out sometime..... if I can find one.
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