Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-07-2016, 09:47 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 1
Love our new tent trailer but very frustrated...

We just bought a 2017 2280BH ESP, we love it! The frustration comes from the life of the battery from our first campout. After getting set up we turned on the LED canopy lighting, beautiful and suttle, it lasted for 3 hours and the battery was dead. I have done some research and found battery care tip as well as what draws there are while the battery is connected. I plan to install a battery disconnect switch. However that all said, only three hours? Any advise? Thanks.

ssdavis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2016, 10:01 PM   #2
Senior Member
Blackrock's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: SE Arizona's Gila Vally
Posts: 629
Sounds like your battery wasn't fully charged to start with. I had a 2010 tent trailer and could run everything for two days and nights.

2016 RAM 1500 - 2016 Keystone Laredo 265SRK
The road goes on forever and the party never ends.
Blackrock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2016, 10:05 PM   #3
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 60
I agree. sometimes dealers cheap out on batteries. What brand is it? Demand the dealer to replace it. Perhaps months of being on the showroom floor killed it. It should power those LED light strip for weeks.
todd172 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2016, 11:31 PM   #4
Moderators' Assistant
bikendan's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 11,708
Yep, you're assuming the battery was fully charged when you picked it up.

Did you plug into shore power when you brought it home from the dealer?

If not, the parasitic power drains can empty a fully charged battery in a few days.
Dan-Retired Firefighter/EMT
Shawn-Musician/Entrepreneur/Wine Expert
and Zoe the Wonder Dog(R.I.P.)
2016 PrimeTime TracerAIR 255, pushing an '07 Chevy Avalanche
Equalizer WDH and Prodigy BC
bikendan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2016, 05:37 AM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 282
What everyone else said and, it takes more that a couple of hours to fully charge a good battery. (I've heard a few salesman tell people this.)
2016 Wildwood 32BHDS
2004 F-250 CC 4X4 V10
Mars is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2016, 06:00 AM   #6
Senior Member
ilmor's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 758
Originally Posted by Mars View Post
What everyone else said and, it takes more that a couple of hours to fully charge a good battery. (I've heard a few salesman tell people this.)
Depending upon the charger / converter it could take 6 hours or more.

This is the best info I've seen on batteries including maintenance and care....

The 12volt Side of Life (Part 1)
2017 Forest River Sunseeker 2250SLE
ilmor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2016, 06:40 AM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 169
What the others said; recharge and test. That said, your unit probably has a "dual purpose" battery from the dealer. I was a battery distributor for a long, long, long long time and such a battery is nothing but a specially labeled starting/cranking battery that can be sold cheaper than a true deep cycle. Even if such a battery is OK, it will typically deliver only 20-25 amp hours. Think, leaving your headlights on in your car, and how long the battery will deliver power.
Look into replacing it with a real deep cycle, which will be rated in amp/hours (Ah), NOT CCA (Cold Cranking Amps), MCA (Marine Cranking Amps). Trojan deep cycles are highly rated, but Sams Club sells decent deep cycles. If you have room, golf cart batteries are a good idea. Our unit was short on space for 2 6 volts so I installed a GC12 (12 volt) cart battery.
pjnlorrie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2016, 07:41 AM   #8
Senior Member
SeaDog's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Idaho
Posts: 2,550
There many opinions about batteries and battery configurations with that said I think most can agree that an actual deep cycle (regardless of brand) is the way to go for occasional dry camping. If you don't have a generator you might look into getting one or two. Lastly charge your battery to full and test it driveway camping and see how long it will last JMHO
Retired Navy
Jake my sidekick (yellow Lab)
2017 RAM 2500 CC 4X4 Cummins Diesel
2016 Flagstaff 26 FKWS
AF&AM of Idaho
SeaDog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2016, 10:13 AM   #9
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 121
Did you perhaps have your refrigerator running on 12V? That will kill a battery pretty quick.

2009 Flagstaff HW27SC (NTU 2014)
1999 Ford F150
cabranch47 is offline   Reply With Quote

tent trailer, trailer

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:41 AM.