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Old 06-29-2016, 09:27 PM   #21
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You were using quite a bit of power. You probably need to recharge an hour in the evening and an hour in the morning, at least. A voltmeter will give you a roughly good reading on status of charge, but don't try to read after charging as it always looks good them. Read before charging or an hour or more after charging. Keep your batteries up for their own sake and also this will avoid problems with the CO alarm.
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Old 06-30-2016, 09:08 AM   #22
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When dry camping or boondocking, even with two batteries, using the furnace over a weekend(along with lights, water pump, fans, fridge, water heater) can deplete the batteries down enough to activate the alarm.
Furnace usage is the BIG battery drain.
agreed.

I wonder what style of lighting is in the trailer.
I switched ours over to LED lighting and got rid of the battery draining original yellowish lights.

They say 16 LED's running for one hour consume the same as 1 incandescent bulb.
We opt for polar fleece blankets vs the furnace if its only chilly.
I also turn the water pump on only when needed.
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Old 06-30-2016, 09:11 AM   #23
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You need to shed some of your load on the battery when boondocking. If you have a Dometic fridge, check the circuit board that's accessible from the outside inspection panel. If there's a connection labelled "light/heater" pull the wire off of it when boondocking. The heater this wire feeds is the door seal anti condensation heater strip that draws around 1A/hour. That's 50A over two days, a significant drain on the battery. Do not remove that wire if you're plugged into shore power. The fuse located near it is for the 110V heater and its exposed contacts can give you an unexpected jolt if you touch them.

That wire goes to the interior light and from there to the heating strip. If you boondock a lot, you could install a switch for the heater portion next to the light fixture inside the fridge. Many years ago, Dometic had a separate switch to shut off the heater but it disappeared sometime before 2010.

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Pretty sure my lights are led. I know someone else comment but I haven't used furnace and don't have res fridge
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Old 06-30-2016, 11:32 AM   #25
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Pretty sure my lights are led. I know someone else comment but I haven't used furnace and don't have res fridge
power drain somewhere else?
with all items off at the panel check your battery state,
then check teh draw off each breaker in stand by mode.

following one at a time, add one more item at a time and recheck.
there has to be something drawing the battery down.
tV during the day or evening? Stereo on for the radio?

we (my wife means I) killed the trailer and truck battery at the NASCAR races in NH in 2012 while plugged in. lights did me in along with the water pump and watching TV.
Tow Vehicle needed a boost.
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In an earlier post on this thread I listed stuff..... inside lights, 3 bed fans, stereo day and night, awning led lights, water pump, think fridge draws some, bathroom vent fan,
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thats a lot of power used
time to invest in a suitcase generator perhaps = problem solved.
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I know. Guessing you didn't read all the posts lol. I added a second battery this year, was testing it out. We normally conserve much better
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Your fridge draws a good chunk especially from the defrost heat strip that cannot be turned off, however it can be bypassed


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In an earlier post on this thread I listed stuff..... inside lights, 3 bed fans, stereo day and night, awning led lights, water pump, think fridge draws some, bathroom vent fan,
My suspects for power usage are the fans and stereo. Each could be anywhere from 1 to 5 amps. You can measure with a multimeter that has a suitable DC amps range. You do have to break the circuit to insert the meter to get a current measurement.
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