Do you know what this is? And concern for early dementia.

I did not know what this was. An RV place diagnosed a friend’s Roadtrek with two dead house batteries and a bad battery separator. I confirmed that the batteries were dead after only three years. Replaced them after scraping and rust converting one of the battery trays with Corroseal, then painting it.

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It took me forever for me to grasp how the battery separator works. This makes me concerned for early dementia. Maybe my recent concussion.

I tested it, thought it was good, then a few days later thought it was bad, repeat x3. I ordered a new one since the RV place had said it was bad. I let the separator sit around for a week but now I can’t find it anywhere. I’ve spent the last few days looking for it. aargh!! Driving me nuts. And worrying about early dementia.

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I don’t think I actually need it since I believe the separator works, it’s just driving me nuts and I spent $120. The batteries weren’t charging because the inverter/charger plug was loose! That took a week for me to figure out after thinking I needed to replace the inverter/charger. The RV place diagnosis of a bad separator was wrong. I bent the prongs a little and added a ziptie to the plug.

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oh yeah, the mystery part is an auto-reset circuit breaker ganged for 80 amp service for those unfamiliar with RV electricals. Two more of those are connected to the red wires above. I can now identify RV circuit breakers and am an expert on battery separators.

But I’m going crazy trying to find the new separator I ordered. Going out to look for it some more.

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