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Old 04-25-2010, 05:01 PM   #1
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Coach battery dead

Well for the second time in a row I've stopped by our 350DS to work on it (look at it) in storage and the coach battery is totally drained (sat for 2 weeks). I thought I had a bad battery from the previous owner and replaced it but now I wonder where I could have a power drain...any ideas?? Once I charge it for the time being I will disconnect it in storage mode. Thanks in advance!


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Old 04-25-2010, 05:15 PM   #2
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I also have a 350Ds and I am having the same issues

I charged my batteries fully and then left it at the storage park and went today to get it and my RV battieries are close to dead

Every time I use my disconnect and shut off my propane detector so I am puzzled as to what is draining my batteries

Someone said the bunk dvd's may be draining the batteires

One gentlemen said to use a battery switch to cut the current totaly.


not sure what the issue is or what to do to fix it


If someone knows help us here
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Old 04-25-2010, 05:46 PM   #3
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I installed a disconnect switch on my battery and it's the last item on my checklist that I go through every time I park it at the storage place.
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Old 04-25-2010, 06:13 PM   #4
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I installed a disconnect switch on my battery and it's the last item on my checklist that I go through every time I park it at the storage place.
This is the best way to do it. There are usually parasitic or "phantom" loads on batteries in RVs. The only way to be sure that you aren't draining the batteries due to one of these loads is to disconnect either the positive or negative leads from the battery, either using a switch at the battery or by pulling the lead. Many electronic items still draw a slight load when not turned on. The only two things that come to mind that are connected to the batteries directly on most motorhomes is the LP gas detector and the power entry steps, if equipped.

If you suspect anything as being a phantom load (like the DVD players) you should use the battery disconnect switch to turn off the batteries and then go back and try and turn on the item in question. If they are dead then putting in a separate switch for that particular item alone will not do anything.
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Old 04-25-2010, 06:14 PM   #5
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On your disconnect switch, how did you wire it up?

Did you connect to both batteries?

I would like to understand how you wired it up and what kind of battery disconnect switch was used

Please let me know

Thanks for your help
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On your disconnect switch, how did you wire it up?

Did you connect to both batteries?

I would like to understand how you wired it up and what kind of battery disconnect switch was used

Please let me know

Thanks for your help
My rig only has one battery. I used a knife switch like this one:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...n-Line&x=0&y=0
I installed it in a box next to my battery box. I installed mine in the positive line leading from the battery. I supposed, if you have two batteries, you'd install two switches. Also, there are many other types of battery disconnect switches that you could use, depending on the setup you have.
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:56 PM   #7
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A good place to find battery switches is a Boat Supply place. When we towed a 5th wheel, I had two batteries on a switch that I could go from one or the other or turn off both. we have the same switch on our boat batteries.
One place the drains the batteries is the prophane detector. it is not hooked up to the master switch. you have to shut it off on the detector. It also shuts off your sillenoid on your prophane tank.
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