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prokleen314

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What type if battery should I use for a spitfire TM? The guy that was going to install it says a lawn mower battery is fine but not sure
 

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I use car battery too.


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A lawn mower battery will do just fine. Just make sure you know what side the positive and negative go. They tend to make those battery cables short on the truckmounts, and the batteries have the terminals on different sides.
 

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I use a car battery with over 600 crankin" amps....and bring 2 sets of jumper cables to jump from the TM to the van. Left key on after I shut down the van and when I went to leave the job the battery was dead. Just jumped from TM to van battery and on my way.
some of those lawn mower battery's do not last a year from what I have seen. Plus they cost as much as a big battery.
 
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I use a car battery with over 600 crankin" amps....and bring 2 sets of jumper cables to jump from the TM to the van. Left key on after I shut down the van and when I went to leave the job the battery was dead. Just jumped from TM to van battery and on my way.
some of those lawn mower battery's do not last a year from what I have seen. Plus they cost as much as a big battery.
The reason they do not last as long is improper charging, Truckmounts do not have alternators but rather magnetos that somewhat charge the batteries but only while running. If you do not have a trickle charger in line then get one! It will pay for itself over and over!
 
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I have never had a problem with the TM battery, van yes, but that is usually self inflicted.

What do you suggest for a trickle charger?

I'm thinking one of those solar panels, and place it on the dash might be a big help.
 

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That would be a first I've heard of that. Solar trickle charger . Interesting. Like to know of that works. I would love to never hook up a charger again.
I use car battery as well. We have a place here that sells blemished batteries for $40. I use those. They are new.

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That would be a first I've heard of that. Solar trickle charger . Interesting. Like to know of that works. I would love to never hook up a charger again.
I use car battery as well. We have a place here that sells blemished batteries for $40. I use those. They are new.

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I have used them. They work great. Amazon for about 30 or so.

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I've had mine on that trickle and battery still dead. It's fairly new and can't understand. I wondering if I should jump the battery and let the machine run?
 

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I would just go to Walmart and purchase the cheapest car battery they have. Even the most inexpensive one will have a multi-year warranty. Just hold onto he receipt.
 

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If you are going through batteries it is probably a problem with the charging system. Your battery should never go below 80% charge. Diesel burners hooked to motors that do not have enough generating capacity to run the fan or a loose connection somewhere in the system are most likely your culprits.

The big advantage to propane over Kerosene heaters is the lack of need for electrical power to run the unit.

If you are running a heat exchange or propane unit then your tm battery should never need to be jumped and last for several years---even if it is just a little lawn mower battery.

loose connections like a ground not tightened or bad connections to the battery terminal. I once had a cable that looked fine but a couple inches back from the terminal inside the housing was all corroded. That was a bugger for me to figure out.

New cables are really cheap and properly installed can save a lot of agony... Don't cheap out and put new terminals on ---buy a new cable for $4 more.
 

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If you have a buddy that has an automotive shop---go to your local Napa (or his parts warehouse) and tell them you want to put a battery on his account and pay for it with your card right now. It is a good idea to ask your buddy first. This will usually save you $20 on the cost of the battery. Then bring him a six pack of beer $10 and drink it with him. You are still $10 ahead.