It’s Saturday morning, your caravan or camper trailer is loaded up with all the gear you need for a great long weekend. The kids are loaded in the back of your 4WD, ready for adventure. Before you venture off, you have a quick check of the batteries in your caravan or camper trailer, only to realise that they’re flat! You definitely don’t want to use the single battery in your 4WD to power your fridge, lights and other gear, so you’re stuck wasting your morning replacing your batteries and delaying your trip.
The batteries in your caravan, camper trailer or even your boat will continue to slowly discharge while parked in the garage between trips. Leaving you with a flat battery at the worst possible time: right at the start of your holiday.
Don’t worry though; it’s easy to save yourself the frustration of delaying your trip and wasting your time on replacing flat batteries by following these three easy rules.
1. Charge your batteries in their downtime with a maintenance charger
While your caravan, camper trailer or boat is sitting idle in the garage, your lead-acid battery will slowly self-discharge at a rate of 3-20% per month. So your battery will become deeply discharged if you don’t charge it regularly. The only way to overcome this is to use a reliable maintenance battery charger, which will keep your battery in good condition while it’s stored away between trips.
2. Never jump-start your 4WD battery
Don’t risk damage to your sensitive electronics by jump-starting your vehicle. Jump-starting batteries creates a huge surge of voltage which can cause irreparable damage to the vehicle’s computer system. It’s much safer to use a charger to bring the battery back to life.
3. Invest in a smart battery charger
If you invest in a reliable all-round charger you can maintain batteries in a range of your vehicles with one, easy to use battery charger. The CTEK MXS 7.0 smart battery charger will maintain batteries in a range of your vehicles between trips. It can also be used to improve the performance of batteries in your everyday vehicles. Maintaining you batteries regularly can even extend your battery life, and save you money in the long run.
This versatile charger can charge batteries in cars, 4WDs, caravans, camper trailers and boats. It’s a fully automatic 8-step charger that delivers 7A to 12V batteries from 14–150Ah and is suitable for maintenance charging up to 225Ah.
The intelligent MXS 7.0 offers a special reconditioning function that restores damaged (acid stratified) and deeply discharged batteries. It also has a specialised charging program for optimised charging for AGM batteries and for charging during cold winter days. It’s also safe with IP65 protection (splash and dust proof), designed to protect vehicle electronics, is non-sparking, reverse polarity protected and short-circuit proof and comes with a 5 year warranty.
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