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Old 10-18-2013, 03:20 PM   #1
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Dead Battery when parked in driveway

Ok first i will start with; Sorry for such a dumb newbie question, But......

I am a newbie and not afraid to say so Lol. Ok I need to know how to shut off power to the rv, a 2014 3051S, when i am just sitting in driveway. I had no shorepower hooked up for about a week and when I checked levels the battery was like dead. I also couldn't use auto levelers. The flashed a cose that I found out was low battery. So I reconnected power to the house and all ok. I know there has to be a way to kill 12v power to the coach so i stop draining the battery or using my electricity to power something i am not using.
Any help would be very very appreciated
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:27 PM   #2
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Some coaches have a battery disconnect for the coach batteries, some do not. In your PDI, they should have told you where it is at if you have one. If you do not, you will have to find the batteries and disconnect them. You may want to install a battery disconnect switch, available at most RV stores, when you get a chance.

There are several parasitic loads in the coach, such as the propane detector etc that WILL drain your battery if not disconnected.

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Being a motorhome, I can't help much- but there *should* be a battery disconnect switch somewhere that you can use when it's essentially in storage and you don't want anything on. Is there a control panel or somewhere like that it could be hiding in plain sight?
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:52 PM   #4
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According to the Forester brochure, there is a "battery disconnect" as standard equipment.
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Old 10-18-2013, 05:48 PM   #5
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Batery disconnect

Don't know if yours is the same, but the disconnect on my Sunseeker is just inside the door down by the steps, same place where the propane/carbon monoxide detector is located.
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:55 PM   #6
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My 2013 #3051S has the house battery switch just inside the main door on the left wall at the floor. Rotate the knob to the 12 o'clock position that is indicated as OFF. But remember the house batteries will not charge unless the switch is turned back ON. If possible connect a heavy duty extension cord from a 15 or 20 amp circuit to your shoreline. You will need a 30amp to 15 amp adaptor for your shoreline plug.
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:50 PM   #7
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We have the Sunseeker 3050s which is a sister to yours, our battery off switch is next to the step on the left side as you enter. Just turn it straight up to the off position.
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:39 AM   #8
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The battery disconnect switch does not disconnect everything (I have no idea why) from the battery but most loads are disconnected. I have not tried to study the wiring diagrams or trace the wiring to determine the loads but I know the awning still has power with the switch off. Disconnecting the battery is the only way to get everything.
My factory installed levelers are powered by chassis battery not the coach battery so unless the chassis battery was also dead I would expect the jacks would work. Both batteries do connect to the on board charger so plugging into shore power would give both systems power.
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Yep disconnect switch on left of stairs. I thought that had something to do with generator. I called dealer and he told me. it was pointed out in walk through but that was 3 weeks ago and it was one little piece of info in a mountain of info. Ok so i now have that switch off and the 30amp main brkr off so i should not drain the battery correct?
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Yep disconnect switch on left of stairs. I thought that had something to do with generator. I called dealer and he told me. it was pointed out in walk through but that was 3 weeks ago and it was one little piece of info in a mountain of info. Ok so i now have that switch off and the 30amp main brkr off so i should not drain the battery correct?
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