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Old 01-22-2016, 09:14 PM   #1
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Battery Dead in 2104 Mini Lite

We went Dry camping for the weekend, and after only 24 hours the battery in my Rockwood Mini Lite 2104S was dead?!? Fridge was on propane, only had occasional lights, water pump and water heater was on propane. Not sure what happened? I never had a problem in my other trailer? Anyone have this problem? Am I doing something wrong?

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Old 01-22-2016, 09:54 PM   #2
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Have you put a meter on battery to check voltage? Unplug from any outside power source, take reading.......plug in, take reading to see if battery can be charged by converter, after a period of time, disconnect again, let sit an hour, take reading..let us know the results
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Old 01-22-2016, 10:03 PM   #3
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Did you use the furnace? Also there is a heater on the fridge that will drain the battery in no time.
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We went Dry camping for the weekend, and after only 24 hours the battery in my Rockwood Mini Lite 2104S was dead?!? Fridge was on propane, only had occasional lights, water pump and water heater was on propane. Not sure what happened? I never had a problem in my other trailer? Anyone have this problem? Am I doing something wrong?

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How do you know the battery was fully charged when you left? The trailer's battery monitor lights are notorious for inaccuracies.

Do you know if your tow vehicle is supplying a charge?

Both of these should be checked with a voltmeter.

As was mentioned, if you used the furnace, it can deplete a single battery in one night.

And anyone that dry camps or boondocks, should have at least 2 deep cycle batteries, not just one.
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Old 01-23-2016, 07:58 PM   #5
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I would recommend to use a deep cycle battery charger 10 amps minimum.
The only way to be sure the battery is full charge is by checking the acid in each
cell with an acid tester and carry 2 batteries type 27.
That set up will be good for 7 nights .
It works for me.
I also use a Boat battery switch to connect and select the batteries . 4 modes on the switch OFF- 1 -2 -ALL.
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Old 01-24-2016, 09:46 AM   #6
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Read HandyBob's Blog

If you want to boondock go with solar. It isn't very expensive. Read HandyBob's blogs. It is a lot of reading, but if you slog through it, it will tell you everything you want to know. We have a 100 watt panel and two batteries, and we can stay as long as we want. Gray and black water tanks are our limiting factors.
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Old 01-24-2016, 10:24 AM   #7
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Battery Dead in 2104 Mini Lite

You'll also want to review this thread:

Battery gone in 36h, where to start?

Summary: there's probably a 'condensation' heater in your fridge that's killing the battery without you knowing about it. The various possible fixes are in the thread. From what I've read this seems like a "must-do" for anybody who dry camps.

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Old 01-24-2016, 12:15 PM   #8
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You'll also want to review this thread:

Battery gone in 36h, where to start?

Summary: there's probably a 'condensation' heater in your fridge that's killing the battery without you knowing about it. The various possible fixes are in the thread. From what I've read this seems like a "must-do" for anybody who dry camps.

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Very informative thread.; will keep that in mind. Thanks for the link.
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Old 01-24-2016, 12:39 PM   #9
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Yes look up my thread about battery draining...I just had the same thing happen. It was the fridge! Pulled the DC fuse and fixed the problem. Good luck.
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