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Old 11-06-2013, 07:57 PM   #1
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Battery won't stay Charged (2013 365SAQ)

I have a 2013 Sandpiper 365SAQ, Gen., 2nd A/C W/O Rear Kitchen. My Problem is when left Unplugged (from Shore Power) for even a short (2 Weeks) the battery goes Dead. I have Checked for Phantom Loads, and seem to find none. I Recently Picked the Unit up from the Dealership, and had to plug in the "Umbilical Cord" to lift the trailer enough to Hook-up. I checked the H20 level in the battery, found it to be somewhat low, however the Plates were still covered. I did hear a Distinct Click (intermittently) while I was in the Gen. Compt. Sounded like a Relay/Solenoid, Other than the Relay for the Hydraulics,
What other Relay's Could it be, or what else would I look for? I am Baffled as to where the Clicking is coming from. Any Suggestions???
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:34 PM   #2
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My 365 2013 did the same thing. I got a deep cycle battery because the dealer installed one was junk. I also installed a cut off switch. No problems now
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Old 11-06-2013, 09:14 PM   #3
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Even your propane leak detector will drain the best battery in two weeks. Get a battery disconnect. I have one and have pulled the trailer after sitting for 5 weeks and the battery is still strong.
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Old 11-07-2013, 12:43 AM   #4
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there are a number of parasitic power drains in modern RV's. radio, propane detector to name a couple. they'll easily drain a single battery in just a few days, if you have no solar charger or shore cord plugged in.

what did you use to check for "Phantom Loads".
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Old 11-07-2013, 03:25 PM   #5
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Mine did the same. Propane detector sucks a LOT of life out of a battery, then the radio as stated above. I added another battery and installed a cut off switch. All is good now.
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Old 11-08-2013, 05:43 PM   #6
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I Just used "Farm-Boy Logic". But the "Phantom Load/Parasitic-Drain" I did not Know about was the Propane Detector. I will unhook my battery for the winter, and put in a Shut-Off Switch. Thanks, to Everyone who responded! JLK
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Old 11-14-2013, 10:04 AM   #7
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I just picked up my 2014 Sandpiper 365SAQ last week and absolutely love it. When i picked it up the dealer advised me that if the camper is going to be sitting for a few weeks without shore power hook up that i should pull the fuse for the gas detector and also the radio as they will drain the battery.
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I just picked up my 2014 Sandpiper 365SAQ last week and absolutely love it. When i picked it up the dealer advised me that if the camper is going to be sitting for a few weeks without shore power hook up that i should pull the fuse for the gas detector and also the radio as they will drain the battery.
IMO, a battery disconnect installed into the storage hatch or somewhere easily accessible is the way to go. They're cheap and easy to install (one of those things- if *I* can do it, anyone can!).
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