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Old 03-16-2015, 11:00 AM   #1
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Battery dies. Ideas?

It seems that the battery in my 2015 Silverback 35QB4 doesn't have much oomph. I went to put it on the truck yesterday and there wasn't enough power to run the jacks or even to do more than cause the generator solenoid to click. I was able to start the generator after hooking the cable into the truck, but I can't imagine why the battery seems to have no life to the charge. Yes, the unit disconnect is turned off each time the trailer is parked. I'd appreciate any ideas as to where I might look for the culprit.
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Old 03-16-2015, 11:06 AM   #2
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Fully charge battery and then have it load tested for starters.
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Old 03-17-2015, 11:32 PM   #3
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I have had same issue. Found out. The unit "disconnect" DOES NOT do a full disconnect. If you check your rig for what still "on"
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Old 03-17-2015, 11:53 PM   #4
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Providing the load test comes back good, what size, type and age is your battery? How long does it sit between charges? Do you keep a trickle charger/battery minder on it?

More info help us help you more good'r. ;-)
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Old 03-18-2015, 03:22 AM   #5
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Providing the load test comes back good, what size, type and age is your battery? How long does it sit between charges? Do you keep a trickle charger/battery minder on it?

More info help us help you more good'r. ;-)
All good questions. The battery should be new - I just picked up the trailer new in January. It was charged at the dealers when I picked it up (I presume - I know, not a good presumption). I don't keep a trickle charger on it - it's in a storage yard and I don't have access to power. I do have a solar trickle charger, but I don't know it's quality and whether it would avoid overcharging the battery. Honestly, I haven't looked in the battery box ... yet. Camping this weekend should enable the battery to fully charge. I did run the generator for awhile just two weeks ago, so I'm somewhat surprised that it started readily then but was so weak so soon thereafter.
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Old 03-18-2015, 07:14 AM   #6
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Sounds like you are expierencing some parasitic drains. It is important to understand that wet cell batts, do not like near total discharge, that would be anything south of 50%. Each time that occurs, you greatly shorten the life of the batt.
The easy fix in your situation is to charge it to full, then put a trickle charger on it, to maintain it during non use. That way, your battery will not sulfate too soon, and you will get better performance/life from it. Just sayin'

Here is a helpful site that explains the 12v side of things. Enjoy The 12volt Side of Life (Part 1)
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Old 03-18-2015, 07:51 AM   #7
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Get an ampmeter or ammeter and place it between the battery post and
your trailer battery lead.
Read the current draw with the disconnect switch ON and OFF.
IF there is ANY current draw with the disconnect OFF (see post 3 this thread)
you'll have to dig for the culprit.

My new trailer has several things tapping off the main 12v feed between
the battery(s) and the fuse box so I had to install a battery switch right
on the tongue so it absolutely disconnects the battery(s) from everything
else!

Also consider a battery tender automatic trickle charger if you have power
near your trailer. They keep the battery charged and greatly reduce sulfate build up and that can add years to the battery life.
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Your battery will have some drain even if the cut off switch was engaged. I have a good solar charger on the battery when parked and never had a problem but before I hooked that up the battery would drain over longer storage times.
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Hi I found that the propane sniffer is always on and that drained the battery in a few days don
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Old 03-18-2015, 02:12 PM   #10
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I'd imagine you are experiencing what others have already thrown out for conversation ... the battery disconnect does not shut power off to everything ... propane detector for one. Unless you put a battery cutoff switch directly on the ground wire of your battery, you'll have to remove one of the battery cables each time you let it sit for several days. There's no way around this even on other brands.
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