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    Does anyone know what is the best type of battery to use in a van with a ramp? I just had a new one put in and it doesn't work as well as the last one. My van has failed to start 3 times since I have had the battery replaced and has had to be jump started. I never had any issues with the battery before that. Does anyone have any idea what might be happening?

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    I believe that Optima batteries are one of the best out there. A "red" or "yellow" top is the right type for your application. You can usually pick them up at Costco or Sam's Club. I believe that most parts stores carry them. A nationwide chain like Napa or Autozone is also usually a great place to purchase them because of the nationwide warranty.

    This product has saved my butt countless times. It's ALWAYS my very first mod that I do to a vehicle. http://www.prioritystart.com

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      #3
      You need to have the charging system checked. The battery is designed to store cold start power when the key off. They can do a starter draw test and see if the starter or solenoid are going bad and drawing too much power from the battery to start the vehicle. Then they need to test the alternator which takes over producing operating power for the vehicle once it starts as well as replenishing the lost battery power from the cold start. If the alternator does not function correctly it won't recharge the battery while it's running and the battery will go dead.

      Bottom line is it could be any number of things from the battery, battery cables, connections, starter, starter solenoid, alternator and so on so get it checked out just replacing the battery may not solve the problem.
      ^^(A)^^

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        #4
        Originally posted by Sugarcube View Post
        Does anyone know what is the best type of battery to use in a van with a ramp? I just had a new one put in and it doesn't work as well as the last one. My van has failed to start 3 times since I have had the battery replaced and has had to be jump started. I never had any issues with the battery before that. Does anyone have any idea what might be happening?

        What kind of van and conversion do you have?

        If i were to guess you have a electrical draw.

        This can be caused by a lot of different things.

        Your best bet is going to bring it to someone who can confirm your alternator is working properly along with pin down any electrical draw your van might have.

        Jim
        Jim, MA, MMET
        Bridgewater, MA

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          #5
          There's always the possibility the new battery is defective.

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            #6
            A mechanic from the garage where I had some work done came out today. We already have about 5 inches of snow. I’m surprised he came. Anyway, he brought a powerpack with him and it started right up. He said that the alternator is fine, but he suspects there may be an electrical draw coming from somewhere. When he tested the alternator he said it had 18.5 volts. I don’t understand any of this, so please bear with me. He wanted to take it to the garage, but I wouldn’t let him because the ramp is stuck in the kneeling position. He had no idea about how that works. I am hoping to get a hold of the dealership where I bought it on Monday. In the meantime, I am going to keep starting it periodically by remote. I can’t access the buttons on the inside of the van to see if they work to deploy the ramp. Once the weather clears up I am planning to ask a neighbor. This is frustrating. I need the van for a procedure I have coming up next week. It is about an hour drive away from where I live. I hope I can get this solved before then. The people from the garage convinced me that I need a new battery. I have never had a problem before this. I should have left “well enough alone.”

            I have a minivan with a braun entervan II conversion. It has a fold out electric ramp and kneeling system.

            Thanks everyone for the input.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Prerun View Post
              I believe that Optima batteries are one of the best out there. A "red" or "yellow" top is the right type for your application. You can usually pick them up at Costco or Sam's Club. I believe that most parts stores carry them. A nationwide chain like Napa or Autozone is also usually a great place to purchase them because of the nationwide warranty.

              This product has saved my butt countless times. It's ALWAYS my very first mod that I do to a vehicle. http://www.prioritystart.com
              This looks very interesting. I may try this. Thanks!

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                #8
                If your alternator is putting out 18.5 volts at the battery it's way over charging it, and destroying it.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Rustyjames View Post
                  If your alternator is putting out 18.5 volts at the battery it's way over charging it, and destroying it.
                  That's what I was thinking. Call another mechanic.
                  I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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                    #10
                    I'm not sure about the 18.5 volts. Don't most van modifications include a bigger battery to handle the ramp and so on?

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                      #11
                      If you start the van, you need to let it run at least 20 minutes to put the electricity in the battery you used to start it.
                      Have someone bump the door. I have a friend with a van like yours and sometimes the door doesn't open or close all the way and it stops the system from operating.
                      Can some one go disconnect the battery for you, until monday?

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                        #12
                        The regulator which is in the alternator is malfunctioning burning out the battery:
                        http://www.carparts.com/classroom/charging.htm
                        I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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                          #13
                          I have a trickle charger attached to my Rollx van to ensure that the battery stays charged. I don't use the van very much, so it often would have a dead battery before I got a trickle charger.
                          Alan

                          Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by willingtocope View Post
                            I'm not sure about the 18.5 volts. Don't most van modifications include a bigger battery to handle the ramp and so on?
                            The batteries should have more capacity measured in amperage, not voltage. Think AAA flashlight battery is 1.5 volts, but so is AA a 1.5 and for that matter so is a C cell. They all produce 1.5 volts, but the C cell is the one with the most amperage. It is the same with car/van batteries. When they start talking about CCA, cold cranking amps, get a *big* number. They cost more.
                            I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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                              #15
                              I was finally able to get to the van. I opened the door manually and moved the ramp around a little. As I did, it deployed without any power. It nearly came down on me. That darn snow. I had a hard time getting away fast enough. Anyway, so I went inside and started it up. I tried the buttons on the inside, and the ramp still wouldn’t work. I revved the engine a few times and tried again. It finally worked, but was very slow. So I left it running for a bit and tried again. It sounds normal, for now. I was going to take it for a drive, but the parking lot here is full of snow. I didn’t want to get stuck. I will wait and see how it is tomorrow. I am hoping to get it out to charge it up. I ran it today for 45 minutes. I hope that is enough. That’s what the mechanic said to do. I will do the same tomorrow. I don’t know what the 18.5 voltage means. Is that good or bad? I’m planning on calling the dealership on Monday. I am wondering if the battery they gave me isn’t strong enough.

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