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Old 12-30-2012, 06:53 PM   #1
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Battery goes dead too quick!

Does anyone out there with a 34TBOK have any battery issues? We got ours 2 wks ago and the battery was pretty much dead - we charged it on 2amp for almost a a week and I have only been in the trailer 2 times for about 5 minutes each with 1 light on & when I went to go in it this evening the battery was already dead. Our old trailer hasnt been used since mid October and I used it to store presents & wrap with no battery issues at all. Just wondering if it is the battery or if others are having issues as well.

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Old 12-30-2012, 07:14 PM   #2
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Take the battery to your dealer and have it load tested. If it tests good, check the inverter to see if it is charging the battery. Generally, if the battery is not taking a charge, it probavly has a dead short internally or it is not being charged. If you are externally charging it with a 2 amp charger, it will eventually have a full charge. Have you checked the battery voltage before you charge it?
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:22 PM   #3
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I tried to reply but not sure if I got posted or not. We do not leave the trailer plugged in. Have tested the battery & it showed full charge. Should not have gone dead in 2 wks time with only approx. 10 minutes worth of lights being used.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:32 PM   #4
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You need a battery cut-off switch. All RVs have equipment that drains the batteries when not in use.
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:05 PM   #5
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if you don't leave the trailer plugged into shore power or have a battery disconnect switch, the parasitic power drains in the trailer, will drain a single battery down in just a few days.
you may have done permanent damage to the battery if it has been drained numerous times, below a certain amount of charge
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if you don't leave the trailer plugged into shore power or have a battery disconnect switch, the parasitic power drains in the trailer, will drain a single battery down in just a few days.
This is what I've found with our Sabre 36QBOK. Given this, I don't see how anyone can boondock without major battery and power upgrades. I just don't ever see that in our future. :-(
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ours will sit in the garage with a few minutes of light use here and there, and will drain in about a week to two. After the first week, you notice dim lights. After the second, then fire alarms cut out.

But ours has a battery cut off switch right by the entrance door. Does yours?
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:54 PM   #8
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yeah - ours does not have a battery cut off switch - but we are looking into one. Seems ridiculous you spend this much money on a trailer and it does not come with a $10-$50 part to save your battery life - or know ones tells you about it. Kind of disappointing
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:29 PM   #9
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yeah - ours does not have a battery cut off switch - but we are looking into one. Seems ridiculous you spend this much money on a trailer and it does not come with a $10-$50 part to save your battery life - or know ones tells you about it. Kind of disappointing

An informative dealer should have showed/told you this !

alot of the newer units are comming with them .......... And agreed it should have on from the factory not all people have access to plug in there unit 24-7

another option would be to just unhook the battery when not in use .

dont forget which cable goes where tho or you may have more problems!




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another option would be to just unhook the battery when not in use .
that is what I do even when it is plugged into the house, because if it gets unplugged it will still not drain
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