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Old 08-25-2013, 03:36 AM   #1
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Good morning, I have a sunset trail reserve 28bh. If I store this camper, upon return my battery is always dead. I can clearly see things running like smoke/fire/gas getector and would like to know if I'm missing something obvious? Have you guys installed battery disconnects or should I close all the breakers when storing?

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Old 08-25-2013, 03:59 AM   #2
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Yes there will be SOME drain and yes some people do put disconnects inline. Unless they changed the breaker/fuse box the breakers are for 110v only. I've found the best bet is to go camping more often and not let it sit for more than 2 weeks at a time.
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Old 08-25-2013, 04:12 AM   #3
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there is a parasitic draw if you leave the battery connected. Since we have not found a battery disconnect that fits in our box, we disconnect one side of the battery after every trip. for the winter we bring the battery into the garage and will trickle charge as needed.Also keep an eye on the distilled water in the battery, you don't want this going dry. We check it periodically.
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:34 AM   #4
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A marine type battery disconnect switch mounted above the battery with a 2 ft. battery extension cable works great. There are plenty of parasitic battery loads, too many to bother with pulling all of the 12v fuses. Edited by: Dayle1
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:11 AM   #5
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When I had my motorhomes and was towing a vehicle, I saw a lot of folks that towed a car with the ignition switch on. This unlocked the steering and they had issues with battery drain. There is a company that makes an inexpensive solar panel that sat on the dash of the towed vehicle and plugged into the cigarette lighter plug. It kept the battery up. Might this be an idea to use for campers? We could cut off the cigarette lighter plug and use the two wires to connect to the battery. I think the solar panel was ten watts and it might keep the camper battery charged up. When using the camper, just put the solar panel away?? Just a thought
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:20 AM   #6
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I would look at upgrading to a system with two 6V golf cart batteries. We have the 5vr 28bh and I had the battery die on me after be night of dry camping on a fully charged battery. I tried to close the slides in the morning and it went dead on me. I had to reconnect a generator to finish with the slides so we could leave. After I switched to the two battery system, I can open and close the slides and show no sign of battery drain. The OEM battery is not very good.

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Old 08-25-2013, 07:25 AM   #7
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Question: Does hooking up the RV to the TV give ample juice to close the slides when battery is dead?


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Not a simple yes or no lots of variables. In some cases yes. You should get a lot of input on this.
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there are solar panels designed for rv batteries but they aren't cheap. I have plugged into my TV to operate slides before. Some TV must be turned on to give current o the trailers, others don't.
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:43 AM   #10
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I had the same problem, I bought a disconnect that installs right on the battery. I don't remember what brand it is, but the system works well and if I remember correctly it was pretty cheap. I tried finding it online, but was unable to find it online. I will continue to look and if I find it I'll post it on here.

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Old 08-25-2013, 09:58 AM   #11
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Most likely your truck has enough power to put the slides in. The issue is the wiring back to your trailer harness my not handle the load. I installed a battery switch and I never have problems anymore. I tried installing a small solar panel from Harbor Freight and it didn't work. But then again it was from Harbor Freight.
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Old 08-25-2013, 02:24 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the replies. I'm glad I'm not missing the obvious. One would think this disconnect switch would be standard equipment. The battery the dealer gave me was a joke. It wouldn't last half a day dry camping with it. Lots of good info here, and I'm still learning. if anyone has links to a good disconnect switch send me my way.

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When I found my battery dead I connected the TV to TT to get power to operate the slide and the water pump and it would not do anything until I changed the battery out. have been trickle charging the dead battery now for a few weeks of off and on so Im hoping it will be good to go.
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When I found my battery dead I connected the TV to TT to get power to operate the slide and the water pump and it would not do anything until I changed the battery out. have been trickle charging the dead battery now for a few weeks of off and on so Im hoping it will be good to go.

Doubt it.
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Thanks for all the replies. I'm glad I'm not missing the obvious. One would think this disconnect switch would be standard equipment. The battery the dealer gave me was a joke. It wouldn't last half a day dry camping with it. Lots of good info here, and I'm still learning. if anyone has links to a good disconnect switch send me my way.

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Lots of folks use the marine type (http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...mScope=3&c
There als some available at auto parts stores
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Well, it is supposed to be only 4 months old and only went dead once. The cells have plenty of distilled water in them or electrolyte as its called, I have my VOM on it and it shows a good charge but until I get it on the TT to draw the big amps I wont know.
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Well, it is supposed to be only 4 months old and only went dead once. The cells have plenty of distilled water in them or electrolyte as its called, I have my VOM on it and it shows a good charge but until I get it on the TT to draw the big amps I wont know.

OK. When you said you were charging it off and on for two weeks I assumed it was not taking a charge. If it indicates a full charge you should be ok. Good luck.
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The marine switches are the way to go. I used a brass battery knife switch until I have time to wire in the marine switch.
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My Bad, I have so little time to be on this forum during working hours and usually fall asleep when home reading it....anyway I have a trickle charger and it doesnt show the charge level so I only leave it on for a few hours at a time to make sure I'm over heating it. Were going out this weekend so I'll know when I get to the storage facility and try to jack it up....



BTW: I was going to install a switch but realized the wing nut on the battery is so easy to just unscrew and pull the ground wire off....
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We just purchased our first CR TT and I ran into the same issue. I found a battery switch on Amazon that attaches to the top post and it fits in the standard battery box so quick and easy. It has a screw terminal that makes the connection so loosening that takes a few turns and you're done.

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...UTF8&psc=1

It's called: I also found these in WalMart in their Automotive section
<h1 ="parseasinTitle ">NOCO ID220S 6V-24V 125 Amp Battery Disconnect Switch</span></h1>

I'm working on a small solar panel for trickle charging while stored and Northern tools has several options. I picked up one small panel this past week ($12.99) on sale and it's labeled weather proof (we'll see). It has a quick disconnect wire that goes to 12v plug. I think I will change that to ring terminals and attach to the battery...

Good luck...We're taking our TT out for the first time this weekend


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