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When my 2008 Birdsville Winnebago is not being used, how often should I connect to mains power to keep my house battery charged.

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Ideally, if you have a 12v 1.5amp trickle charger, and access to an outlet, keep it plugged in. It will only charge when the battery is low and will not "overcharge" or cause an internal acid spot. you can purchase one at walmart for about $20. If you don't have access to power, you should do a maintanance charge every other month, depending on the 12v current draw of the vehicle when off. Hope this helps.

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Matt Sydney Aug 4, 2008 00:28:44 GMT 10 pts
I experienced this problem last night, and seemed to have fixed it this morning.

SYMPTOMS: HP Pavilion dv9000, Win Vista x64 Ultimate. Running on battery, battery level became critical; windows went into 'Hibernate' mode. Upon plugging in to mains power, and resuming the Windows session, the Wireless is still disabled, no matter what position the switch is in.

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Jamie Madriz Aug 8, 2008 01:58:15 GMT N/A: Question Author
Matt, i did what u said, and i'm happy because my wireless switch is WORKING! :) Hopefully it stays this way.

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