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Old 09-14-2015, 02:50 PM   #1
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Full-time battery draw

My Rockwood 2604WS has a battery disconnect switch next to the converter. This disconnects everything that runs through the DC side of the fuse panel. However, there is something drawing current. When I disconnect a battery wire and touch it to the post, a very tiny spark and faintly audible sparking sound occurs.
Before I commence to troubleshooting this, has anyone else with a TT similar to mine found a "mystery user"?

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Old 09-14-2015, 05:57 PM   #2
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Check your CO and propane alarms.
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Old 09-14-2015, 06:10 PM   #3
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Thanks. CO is battery operated. Propane detector has a monitor light that goes out when disconnect is engaged.
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Can you use a multi meter to verify current draw?
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Old 09-15-2015, 09:32 AM   #5
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LOL! Don't need a meter to see the spark. I plan to start at the buss bar and see if the draw is inside the trailer or outside. If outside, it'd have to be the tongue jack or the break-away switch. I hope it isn't inside.
I was hoping someone here with a Rockwood 2000 series had a similar problem and could steer me to it without my having to track this down, but he hasn't shown up yet.
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I have a 2012 Wildwood and notice that although everything is turned off in the trailer the batteries would die during storage. I have inserted manual switches with all items I can not turn off, i.e. radio LCD and propane sensor. Today I extracted all the 15A fuses in power converter panel and measure with a amp-meter more than 150mA current draw.

I then extracted the 40A fuses associated with the "Reverse Polarity Protection" and noticed a spark. Using the amp-meter here I found that the connectors for the Reverse Polarity Protection is drawing current all the time.

I believe this is causing my batteries to die. I just don't know if this current draw is normal for this type of converter.
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well, if it wasnt wired by a bunch of monkeys (so chances are high), the only draw with the battery disconnect disconnected, would be to the breakaway and 7pin 12v+. by chance was it hooked up to a vehicle when you tried this?

On mine they at least seem to have everything behind the disconnect, but its possible they have a radio memory wire or something wired direct (co/propane/smoke detectors would have been my other guesses)
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The TT was not connected to a tow vehicle. Also, the TT does not have a "battery disconnect" switch.
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Updating my own thread

I found the culprit. It is the wardrobe slide. The switch that activates the control module (the in-and-out switch on the control panel) is powered through the fuse/circuit breaker panel and is disconnected by the battery disconnect switch inside the trailer.
However, this slide has a power cable that is fused (30A) off the battery directly to the control module. This circuit sends power to the slide motors 24/7 and is the braking mechanism that holds the slide in while traveling.
After disconnecting the heating element in my fridge and putting a switch in the power circuit to the slide motors, my phantom draws have been eliminated.
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