I travel a lot on business, at least a couple times a month, for anywhere from 2 to 8 days. I leave my car locked in an unheated garage behind my house. I live in the Chicago area.
For my old car, a 2002 Honda CRV-EX, this was never an issue. Come home, get in the car, start it, go. For my new car, bought just three months ago, its battery wears out and I have to get it jumped. So far three times. The first couple times I figured I left a light on or something. (Each time the Honda Assistance guy said the alternator was fine.)
Today after it was jumped, I had all sorts of warnings on the dash saying a bunch of systems (like Vehicle Detect) weren't working, and the touch screen was black. Couldn't get anything. So after driving for a while to charge it up, I drove to my dealer.
The dealer service guy told me unlike my old CRV, the new ones have so many electronic draws on the battery even when the car is off, you really need to drive it for fairly long distances every few days (I work from home, so I don't) to "charge it up," to keep the alternator/battery up. He said I should get a battery charger thing, like this, and hook it up before I go out of town again:
Does this sound correct? Does anyone else not drive their late model CRV a whole lot, and have the same issues? I can't believe I have to babysit this car like this. Before every trip, open the hood and hook up a charger to the battery to keep the charge up? Really?
1) Assuming the answer is "yes, really," does this charger I found on Amazon ... does it look like it'll do the job? (anyone else using a charger they recommend?). If I have to do it I'll do it.
2) Is it possible to just "turn off" some of the internal things using charges, like disconnect some fuses, or (as the tow truck driver suggested), disconnect one of the things on the battery itself? I know that would disable the alarm, which honestly isn't that important to me, but I'd think it'd mean everything else would get reset.
Thanks for any help...