Some good ideas so far. I agree the permanent trickle charge is probably not a good idea unless it is the correct type that cannot overcharge your battery.
One solution is to use two 24 hr timers in series. Set the first to be ON for 2 hrs per day. That allows the second timer to cycle around every 12 days. Set the second timer to be on for 2 hrs and the charger is plugged in to that. So every 12 days you get 2 hrs charge on the battery. Arrange the settings on each timer to give you the minimum amount of charging that will keep you charged fully without killing the batteries from overcharging.
The system was there when we bought the house, and the sellers were big "discount do-it-yourselfers". We didn't find that out until after we bought the house, and things started falling apart. I've found drywall screws used for some very odd uses in the house.
Originally Posted by silverado113
Yeah, I know what you mean. The previous owners of my house were big redneck ingenuity types.
My house was maintained like that by the previous owners, too.
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