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Old 06-15-2016, 07:32 PM   #1
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Bad Battery?

I've owned my '07 Roo for three years now. The first two winters, I did not disconnect the battery for winterization. Had no problems. This past winter I did disconnect the battery. Now my battery is only operating at 74% at full charge. It won't even turn on the lights in the camper, which I thought at 74% it would at least turn on one light. I know absolutely nothing about how the electric/panel works in this unit! Please shed some light on this subject, please! (No pun intended!) Do I need to buy a new battery, or is it possible that there is some kind of electric problem that needs addressed.
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Old 06-15-2016, 08:10 PM   #2
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Suggest you put the battery on a 2 amp slow charge for one day, using an external charger, not the camper's converter. If that won't top it off, chances are the battery needs replaced. If you take the battery to NAPA or another parts store, they can test it and see if it has a bad cell.
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Old 06-15-2016, 08:20 PM   #3
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I did all that. Slow charged till 100% for a full day. Took it to a mechanic and he tested it. Only 74% good. Was told that should have still turned on at least one light in the camper, but it didn't.
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Old 06-15-2016, 11:22 PM   #4
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Sounds like some kind of electric problem. Have you turned the battery disconnect switch back ON?
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Is this 74% number coming from a load tester? If so, depending on the guy running it, that number may be worthless. A quick way to eliminate wiring / other issues is to just hook some jumper cables up to the battery and see what happens. If everything runs fine with the cables attached, it's the battery.
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Have you turned the battery disconnect switch back ON?
2007 Roo/Shamrocks didn't have factory disconnect switches.
An owner would have to install an aftermarket switch.
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2007 Roo/Shamrocks didn't have factory disconnect switches.
An owner would have to install an aftermarket switch.
True, but OP said the battery went two winters; without a switch that doesn't seem possible. I'm guessing one has been installed.
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Yeah I was wondering the same thing.
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BUT how old is the battery? He has owned the tt for 3 years and its a 07 , look to see if the battery has a install date on it. could it be 7 or 8 years old?
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Assuming the battery is old, I am buying a new one. I don't see any kind of "switch" for battery usage. Do most of you who winterize disconnect your battery? Do you physically take it out of the holder and store it somewhere climate controlled?
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