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Old 04-13-2014, 01:46 PM   #1
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Battery discharge

I have a 2006 Georgetown with tow new coach batteries. The batteries go dead in 3-4 days. I do use the battery disconnect. I have replaced the disconnect and the solenoid. The only other part is the $250 circuit board.

Has any one else had this problem? Does anyone have any ideas?

Thanks, Ron
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Old 04-13-2014, 01:58 PM   #2
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Suggest you charge the batteries and pull one of the battery cables off. If the batteries still discharge, bad batteries. If not, something is still drawing power with disconnect turned off. On our Solera the slideout, the step and the radio are still connected with the disconnect turned to "off".
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Old 04-13-2014, 02:28 PM   #3
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Thanks, They are brand new batteries. I will check the others, but I do hear something click on the stairs when I connect the batteries.

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Steps will always be energized for safty reasons.
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Old 04-13-2014, 07:04 PM   #5
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JLeising just for info, when my 2014 Solera battery switch is off the radio has no power and the steps will not re-track. When the ignition is turned on, only then will the steps retract but the radio remains un-powered. Funny there would be that difference between model years.
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Mikegjax - On our 2012 Solera "S", there are actually three 12 volt power lines to the radio - one (ignition switched) from the Mercedes chassis and one from the switched house batteries go through a small isolation circuit to the switched 12 volt radio input; one from the unswitched 12 volt house batteries goes to the "always on" 12 volt input to the radio. With that configuration the radio will play with the house disconnect turned "off" but the ignition "on"; also with the house disconnect "on" but the ignition "off" (e.g., while camping); and will be "off" (except for a very low current to remember stations and time) when both the ignition and the house disconnect are "off". I mentioned it in this thread since the "always on" 12 volts to the radio comes from the house batteries in my coach and is not turned off by the house disconnect - if the OP's radio is similarly wired, a fault in that circuit could run down his batteries with the disconnect turned "off".
I believe the step also is wired such that its motor is always powered by the house batteries, but it can be triggered by the screen door switch or by the ignition switched chassis power. Not as certain about its wiring as I am about the radio - I haven't yet had to troubleshoot it. As I believe it is powered by the house batteries even when the house disconnect is "off", I mentioned it - if I am correct and it is powered by the house batteries with the disconnect "off", a circuit fault there could similarly cause house battery drain. Same rationale applies to the slideout, and any other circuit that is connected ahead of the disconnect switch.

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Old 04-13-2014, 08:55 PM   #7
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I find that my coach batteries do lose their charge over time (a few weeks), even with the disconnect switch. I added a mechanical disconnect (see pic), which I use when in storage. They are cheap, easy to install, and ensure there is no draw. Hope this helps!


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Old 04-13-2014, 09:13 PM   #8
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This is a pretty common issue, worse for some FR models and not so bad for others. But there is at least a small drain for them all. Two days to total discharge seems extreme. You should use a test meter to measure the actual drain when fully charged. A disconnect right at the battery is a sure solution. My batteries drop to 3/4 charge in just a few days. If I'm storing for a long time I simply disconnect the negative cable.
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:27 AM   #9
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I have 2-4yr old 12V batteries in my GT. They go down in a week or less with battery disconnect off. My solution is a battery tender.

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Old 04-14-2014, 03:29 PM   #10
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All ideas are great. I think that 2-3 days is an extreme. Also it will drain the chassis battery if not disconnected.
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