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Old 07-15-2013, 05:03 AM   #1
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Dead Battery

Just bought a122 BH and been out in it twice. Parked it at home and just opened it up, tried to turn on the interior light and it wouldn't. Wondered if something drains the battery? Thought everything is off, as far as I know. How can you tell how much is left in the batteries?
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:09 AM   #2
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There are several loads on your battery that cannot be turned off. Most prominently is the propane leak detector. It alone will drain the battery to death over a period of a few months. Another is the phantom load from the stereo, but that is likely a much lower draw. During storage the camper should either be plugged in or the battery disconnected.

Full discharge can damage or destroy a battery. Disconnect the battery from the camper and put it on a stand alone charger to see if it will take and hold a charge. Then go from there.

Here are 2 links to a primer on living with a 12V electrical system. It is written to cover big RVs, but is applicable to A frames too.

The 12volt Side of Life (Part 1)
The 12volt Side of Life Part 2
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:47 AM   #3
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A battery kill switch is needed and not supplied with our campers. Without one you can expect a fully charged battery to be dead flat in 10 days.

Always use a battery tender (solar or plug in) to maintain your battery, install a disconnect, or remove the ground cable (only) every time you put it away.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:21 AM   #4
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Agree with above two posters ... always maintain your battery by either plugging it in when you get home, disconnect, or get a solar maintainer ... however i really dont know how well they work. I just plug mine in when i get home .. and leave it plugged until the next trip ..
Something you should look at over and above this is the cut off switch underneath the sink side of the front roof system. It could have lost its connection, and will cause the same problem .. no lights. I you strip back the valance ... you will see it .. give the wires a little wiggle and press the switch a couple of times ... this is the likely culprit.

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remove the ground cable (only) every time you put it away.
Any particular reason? I do both + & - but I guess that is just a habit once changed would save half the time spent disconnecting.
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Any particular reason? I do both + & - but I guess that is just a habit once changed would save half the time spent disconnecting.
My favorite reason.

Get it backwards JUST ONCE and you will only take one off for ever more.
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:13 PM   #7
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My favorite reason.

Get it backwards JUST ONCE and you will only take one off for ever more.
That's great, Lou. Should be a sig line.
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See the FAQ Why is my new battery dead?
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My favorite reason.

Get it backwards JUST ONCE and you will only take one off for ever more.
Thanks. Can't say that I have ever done that but I sure have done lots of things wrong 1st.
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You don't need a kill switch or to spend any additional money, just pull the main fuse for the power line which is about 12" from the battery box, it's in a little red flip-top weatherproof inline fuse holder, this will cut all battery power without any investment or additional devices. I've been doing this for my a frame since purchase, I put the fuse on top of the propane tank cover and have never forgotten to put it back.....
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