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Old 03-25-2011, 01:59 AM   #11
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If it is a squirrel then the squirrel either died along with the batteries or has vacated the premesis. There is no more chirping
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Old 03-25-2011, 07:10 AM   #12
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Yes the coach battery switch can be in the off position and it stays lit. I guess they did that so it can be found easier in the dark? I'm not sure what powers that bulb though.
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Old 03-25-2011, 08:29 AM   #13
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Chirp

I had the same battery depletion problem. I put a disconnect switch directly on the battery so that any parasites got taken care of. Same as putting flea control on your dogs.
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Thank you Charlie and Lawfive
Charlie, how does one know if the disconnect is on or off if the light glows regardless of whether it is turned on or off. It kinda defeats the purpose os having a disconnect. When I first read your comment I thought it was made with tongue in cheek but then thought about it some more and realized that finding it in the dark might actually be the rationale.
As Lawfivesuggests, the only sure way to eliminate the fleas and parasites is to put flea powder on the dogs..... er... I meant put in a manual disconnect at the battery. Lawfive, did you have the deletion problem when it was plugged in to shore power and the disconnect turned off? Or, was your experience of battery depletion just when it was not in use, unplugged and the normal parasitic loads caused the depletion? Draining 4 golf cart batteries with parasitic loads in under two weeks seems astounding to me.
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:56 PM   #15
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My problems were at storage. A couple of weeks would take the house batteries to dead. With the cutoff I can leave it there for over a month and come back to working batteries. I don't know what the max time is cause I haven't gone longer than about 4 weeks. At that point the FR battery indicator shows 3/4 charged. Not that I really believe it. But it cycles the steps and starts the generator so it has to be pretty charged. Eight or ten bucks and 10 minutes worth of install time makes for lots of piece of mind.

When I get to storage on Friday with "She Who Must Be Obeyed", three dogs and groceries for a weekend of dog agility, things better be ready to roll.
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Old 03-25-2011, 01:36 PM   #16
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Thank you Lawfive. I agree with you that the manual battery cutoff switch sounds like the most effective, inexpensive, low tech soluton to my problems.
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Any thoughts out there on this mystery? Can the disconnect be "off" even when the little indicator light is glowing?
It's the same on my coach, when the shore power is plugged in and the disconnect is off the converter powers all the 12v loads but does NOT charge the batteries.

So those couple of things connected directly to the batteries, (LP Detector & Step) drain the battery. Parasitic load on mine seems to be about 0.4A with the LP detector on.

My short term solution has been to leave the battery disconnect on at all times. My long term solution is to rewire those couple of items so that they're on the other side of the disconnect switch.

Since the LP detector (and LP valve) fail closed when there is no power. And the disconnect swich can be reached with the step on or out. I don't see a problem with this. EXCEPT that the step won't retract if I start the coach with the step out, the battery disconnect off, and the converter not plugged in. Because it won't have power.

I bought a bunch of those "Remove Before Flight" red cloth tags that I put on things I need to do before I move the coach. For instance I hang one from the antenna handle when I crank it up. I'll have to put one of those on the disconnect too I suppose.
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Old 03-25-2011, 02:38 PM   #18
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Thank you Charlie and Lawfive
Charlie, how does one know if the disconnect is on or off if the light glows regardless of whether it is turned on or off. It kinda defeats the purpose os having a disconnect. When I first read your comment I thought it was made with tongue in cheek but then thought about it some more and realized that finding it in the dark might actually be the rationale.
As Lawfivesuggests, the only sure way to eliminate the fleas and parasites is to put flea powder on the dogs..... er... I meant put in a manual disconnect at the battery. Lawfive, did you have the deletion problem when it was plugged in to shore power and the disconnect turned off? Or, was your experience of battery depletion just when it was not in use, unplugged and the normal parasitic loads caused the depletion? Draining 4 golf cart batteries with parasitic loads in under two weeks seems astounding to me.
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I just push the top of the button for ON and the bottom for OFF. You'll hear a clunk type sound when you push it in. I'm not 100% sure what it disconnects because I've still had power when switching out a fuse to my inverter. I turned everything I could find off, unplugged the coach, disabled the inverter and still had power. I believe the steps stay energized as well.
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Hi Lawfive

What kind of disconnect switch did you use
Where did you mount it
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I can't remember the details but I vaguely remember buying a $6-8 screwed connector that mounted on one of the terminals of a house battery. If I had it to do over again I would have bought the knife switch connector - faster than screwing. Check Amazon or some of the RV equipment sites like PPL, Rvupgrades. They all should have them. Two or three days UPS and ten minutes of install and no more parasites.
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