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Old 11-22-2015, 10:54 PM   #21
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I have a 2014 Sunseeker and my batteries are pretty much shot according to a RV tech that checked them out. He was being honest with me as he did not sell batteries. I think cheap 12 volts are put in by FR and I am not sure they are deep cycles to begin with. To boot I think the person who owned prior to me only used it for a couple of tailgate games and didnt really take care of it. I think I am going to end up going with 2 6 volts and hook them up in series vs the 12 volt in parallell. That seems to be what a lot of folks recommend.
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Old 11-23-2015, 10:41 AM   #22
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If your batteries are under your entrance step, be sure to verify the battery height vs the available height. I understand golf cart six volt batteries are too tall for our Solera without some modification.
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Old 11-23-2015, 08:30 PM   #23
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If your batteries are under your entrance step, be sure to verify the battery height vs the available height. I understand golf cart six volt batteries are too tall for our Solera without some modification.

Thanks for the heads up, I am going to measure before I buy
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Old 11-30-2015, 09:50 PM   #24
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No. Too many variables. I would just measure the voltage on the batteries in both conditions....
I finally got around to putting a volt meter on my battery as per Jim Schings and also used ATVers suggestion.

The RV was on shore power for 5 days and the battery switch in the on position. Then it was unplugged for one day with the battery switch off and the TVs unplugged. At that point the battery voltage read 12.36 volts and the lights on the battery monitor indicated 1/3 charge.

Today, after another day of being off line and the battery switch in the off position the volts read 10.34 and the red battery lights showing empty. After that I started the engine and let it run for about five minutes and the voltage read 14.51. A previous time all the lights were lit up on the battery monitor with the engine running.

Then I turned off the engine and plugged into shore power. With the battery switch off off it showed 13.02 volts and with the battery switch on it showed 13.48 volts.

Correct me if I am wrong but I believe my battery is toast despite what my dealer claims based on their $55 battery test.

BTW, there is plenty of room in the battery box under the step for two batteries that are larger than the current group 27. A quick and not precise measurement shows 9.5 inches of height and about 28" in length.

BTW2, When we bought this RV last August among the things left by the previous owner was an unidentified strap. I saved the strap but had no idea what is was for. A couple of people at the dealership also had no clue. It matches exactly the strap that holds down the existing battery. Mystery solved.

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Old 11-30-2015, 11:19 PM   #25
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Old 11-30-2015, 11:40 PM   #26
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even turning the battery switch off, there are still parasitic loads that can drain the batteries. disconnect the cables, charge the batteries, wait at least 12 hours to test.

leaving shore power on for five days will boil batteries dry. if I'm plugged into power I always leave a light or two on to keep the cheap converter from killing the batteries. after a trip I check/top off levels, charge and disconnect completely.
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Old 12-02-2015, 01:23 AM   #27
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leaving shore power on for five days will boil batteries dry. if I'm plugged into power I always leave a light or two on to keep the cheap converter from killing the batteries. after a trip I check/top off levels, charge and disconnect completely.

Poorbuthappy, I've seen on other threads that some people leave their rv's plugged in all winter and never had a problem with boiling batteries. Can someone chime in on this who leaves their unit plugged in when stored? Thx.
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Coachmen factory rep advised me to not store my MH with the converter charging the batteries. They suggested disconnecting the battery at the negative terminal (to remove all parasitic load), make sure fully charged and then either remove and store at home OR leave in MH and place on a maintainer.
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Poorbuthappy, I've seen on other threads that some people leave their rv's plugged in all winter and never had a problem with boiling batteries. Can someone chime in on this who leaves their unit plugged in when stored? Thx.

If you tripped the Converters breaker,
Wouldn't that prevent charging and you could still leave it plugged in to run Electric heater?
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even turning the battery switch off, there are still parasitic loads that can drain the batteries. disconnect the cables, charge the batteries, wait at least 12 hours to test.
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Then you have a problem with the system. You can (and many people do) leave it on shore power for years. Of course you should check the water level periodically like in any use.
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