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Old 09-12-2015, 07:08 PM   #1
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Batteries deplete rapidly troubleshooting..

'14 Sunseeker 2500TS, bought new a June '14. Battery electrolyte level's good, batteries look ok. Usually they deplete from full charge to a low level, like "1 red dot", in only a couple of hours, with minimal load and no shore power. I know there are many possible reasons but wonder if anyone has seen this on this rig or other FRs, and the solutions found.
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Old 09-12-2015, 07:16 PM   #2
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Has it always done that or is it something recent?

Have you had the battery tested? Most auto parts stores can load test batteries.
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Old 09-12-2015, 07:25 PM   #3
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A recent situation, like just this summer. I'll take them out and have them tested next week. I've really tried to baby these things, but overall haven't had good luck with battery longevity. If they're ok, I'll be in over my head, and will have to buy some help.
Or maybe get some guidance here!
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Old 09-12-2015, 07:30 PM   #4
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time for a new battery.
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Check to see if your fridge has a seperate switch for defrost control. That pulls a ton of amps. Or go to harbor freight and grab either a amp clamp or circuit gauge to see if there is a large battery draw.
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Batteries deplete rapidly troubleshooting..

To deplete a fully charged battery in only a couple hour would need a very large load like 25 or 30amps even for a small battery. I am thinking you have a bad battery. Are you just using the lights on the control panel? It would be better if you use a volt meter to see what the real voltage is on the battery. If you are plugged into shore power even a bad battery will read full because all it is reading is voltage and on shore power the converter supplies that.
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Old 09-13-2015, 09:55 AM   #7
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Batteries deplete rapidly troubleshooting..

We talked about this on other threads this summer
My 2014 batteries have already been replaced
The factory doesn't use the best Quality and from talking to my Indy mechanic "they just don't see the long life from Batteries anymore due to all the recycled lead"
Bad batteries will cause all kinds of head scratching problems
Everything from gen starting to awning extension problems (my personal experience) to slide retraction etc etc
I was able to get a prorated refund from the original equipment battery company and purchased two new Interstates and life is good again
I'll look up the Battery info and post when I find it
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Old 09-13-2015, 10:10 AM   #8
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If in fact your Batteries or Battery is toast,Call Travis (Factory Rep at FR)
He gave me the number for World Wide Battery and they took good care of me ($120 refund)
I'm sorry but I deleted the correspondence with them
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My suggestion is applicable if you have two house batteries. Just went through same issues. My dealer installed 2 different types of house batteries in parallel. Although converter fully charged both when plugged into 115, within an hour or so the one faulty battery quickly drained the other. One quick check, use the battery disconnect switch to disconnect the draw from the batteries. Then disconnect one of the parallel batteries. If there is a spark it means that one battery is pulling down the other, and one of them is faulty.
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'14 Sunseeker 2500TS, bought new a June '14. Battery electrolyte level's good, batteries look ok. Usually they deplete from full charge to a low level, like "1 red dot", in only a couple of hours, with minimal load and no shore power. I know there are many possible reasons but wonder if anyone has seen this on this rig or other FRs, and the solutions found.
I had the same problem. The batteries were bad. I think it occurred because the dealer got he RV in Nov 2013 and sold it to me in April 2014. I believe that during the winter the RV dealer did not have the RV hooked up to electricity and the batteries discharged and got way to cold.


When I had new batteries put in my problem disappeared completely.
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