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Old 06-29-2016, 09:09 AM   #1
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rookie mistake

So, I am a newbie on my first RV, a 2016 Shamrock 183FTL bought new two weeks ago.. . I made a boneheaded rookie mistake; I thought if I pulled the trailer brake pin, in addition to chalking all the wheels it would help stabilize the trailer like your emergency brake on your vehicle. I now know that it will totally drain your batteries, and I have since learned that lesson the hard way.

I have a couple of questions in my effort to manage my school of hard knocks decisions.

1. Do I need to get a new batteries(s) x2 wired in parallel? Can I put them on a trickle charger and bring them back to life.?

2. What's the likely hood I inadvertently damaged my trailer breaks? ( I have a friend who was a truck driver and auto mechanic, I'll probably be asking him to take a look.
Well, live and learn I guess..

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Old 06-29-2016, 09:25 AM   #2
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Fully charge batteries and test.
You may have severely shortened the life of your batteries.

You may have fried or shortened the life of your magnets.

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Old 06-29-2016, 10:47 AM   #3
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I did the same thing like 10 times to my Kodiak that i had for 6 years, I only changed the battery one time, first one lasted 4 years. battery still going strong when I sold it, just recharge and try not to do it again. it is like leaving the lights on in a new car, usually charge it up and go, actually just plug it in to the house. You should be fine. I always pulled the brake pin every time i hooked unhooked, that is how I kept forgetting it, on my new one I have a clip connector I use.
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Old 07-02-2016, 06:27 AM   #4
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charge them and if you don't have a tester take them to auto zone and have them tested for free
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