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Old 02-16-2013, 02:23 PM   #1
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Battery question

Hey all,

Picked up my Roo last Saturday. Drove it home and parked it. Today we went and got it and none of the lights came on and couldn't get the slide to go out. I did not use the battery disconnect last weekend when we parked it. Do you think something was on and I didn't know it and the battery discharged? I can't really park it at my house with the style of neighborhood we have so should I just bring the battery home and get a charger and hook it up?

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Old 02-16-2013, 02:29 PM   #2
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One of the most common causes of unintentional battery drain is the TV Antenna Amplifier. Often times forgotten when turning off devices.

Your thoughts on taking the battery out and charging it seem to the best thing to do with the situation you are in. Also, a good external battery charger will bring it back up faster than the Converter. Just make sure that you use a multi stage charger to prevent damage to the battery.

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Old 02-16-2013, 02:34 PM   #3
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One of the most common causes of unintentional battery drain is the TV Antenna Amplifier. Often times forgotten when turning off devices.

Your thoughts on taking the battery out and charging it seem to the best thing to do with the situation you are in. Also, a good external battery charger will bring it back up faster than the Converter. Just make sure that you use a multi stage charger to prevent damage to the battery.

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Thanks. Where would the TV Antenna Amplifier probably be located to turn off? We have a Roo 21SS. I definitely didn't turn it off but also wouldn't have turned it on either. Possibly on from RV Wholesalers prepping it though.
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:35 PM   #4
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RV's have numerous parasitic power drains, that's why you have a disconnect switch.
If you fail to use it and aren't plugged into shore power, the battery will be dead in a few days.
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:40 PM   #5
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RV's have numerous parasitic power drains, that's why you have a disconnect switch.
If you fail to use it and aren't plugged into shore power, the battery will be dead in a few days.
Yeah my little old popup didn't have a disconnect switch let alone a battery. I wasn't even sure what the disconnect did until I looked it up this week. I will now make it part of the SOP to use it.
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The TV Antenna Amplifier Power Supply is a part of the wall plate where the Coax plugs in. There is usually a red light when it is on, and it is turned off by either a push button or slide switch.

The Battery Disconnect is your best bet, as mentioned by several.

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Before installing a battery disconnect on my TT the battery ran dead more than once which isn't good. Using the battery disconnect really made a big difference.
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Before installing a battery disconnect on my TT the battery ran dead more than once which isn't good. Using the battery disconnect really made a big difference.
Same here and on my FW, it was a hassle getting into the battery box (had to unscrew stuff). I added a battery disconnect with some help from my father-in-law- now it's just turn a key and remove it. :-)
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:25 PM   #10
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Battery is in my garage and charging. Thanks all.
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