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Old 05-21-2011, 06:47 AM   #1
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I just brought my new 20ck home a couple of weeks ago. I've noticed that jus a couple of days after disconnecting power from house, the battery drains dead. Is this normal? The only thing I can see running inside the trailer is the Jensen radio sleep mode.



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Old 05-21-2011, 07:15 AM   #2
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Your batteries should last longer than that. Try disconnecting the radio and see if you can find another drain, because that sounds excessive. If you were dry camping would you be able to run the water pump for a shower day 2? Sounds doubtful.
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Old 05-21-2011, 07:18 AM   #3
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Install a battery disconnect switch then turn it off each time you leave the trailer. The radio, CO2 monitor, etc. will drain the battery if not disconnected.
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Old 05-21-2011, 07:33 AM   #4
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Thanks will give that a try. The battery shut off can be found at Menards or Home depot?
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Old 05-21-2011, 07:37 AM   #5
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I bought the Perko switch I installed on our old Cruiser at Amazon.com.
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http://www.amazon.com/Perko-9601DP-Marine-Battery-Disconnect/dp/B00144BF9Q/ref=pd_sbs_auto_12



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Where does this install? At the battery or somewhere further down the line? Fairly easy?
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Old 05-21-2011, 08:08 AM   #8
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What Hunter said is true, there are things that will drain a battery even if the camper is not being used. However, two days is WAY too quick!!! You could put an amp meter in series with the battery to see how much current is being drawn. It should be only a few milliamps which should take many days to drain a battery. The battery disconnect switch is a great idea. When it is turned off there can be no external drain on the battery. If the battery still goes flat with the disconnect switch turned off then the battery is self-discharging internally. That means you need a new battery. You should have a warranty on the one you have. The Perko switch is a marine grade switch that has a proven track record. The link Old Farmer provided is the simple on/off switch. If you ever want to have a more elaborate battery setup such a two batteries, or two banks of batteries, you may want to buy the switch that has on/off/battery 1/battery 2/both. That gives you complete control of which battery you are using, or, in a pinch you can put them in parallel to get a little more life out of them. By the way, the switch should be installed on the positive side of the battery as close to the battery a practical.



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Old 05-21-2011, 10:17 AM   #9
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It seems like I remember reading on this forum about how the break switch could drain the battery if it happened to be pulled so the breaks areconstantlyon. Am I remembering correctly?
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Old 05-21-2011, 12:48 PM   #10
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KennyB- Your right,we were camping with friends and they left for a couple days and someone pulled the E brake cable and in one day we heard his gas alarm going off because of low voltage. It was later when we found the cable and than noticed the sitch box was burned because it was on so long I guess.
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