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Old 08-07-2016, 09:47 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 08-07-2016, 10:01 PM   #2
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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.

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Old 08-07-2016, 10:05 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 08-07-2016, 11:31 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 08-08-2016, 05:37 AM   #5
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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.)
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Old 08-08-2016, 06:00 AM   #6
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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....

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Old 08-08-2016, 06:40 AM   #7
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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.
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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
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Old 08-09-2016, 10:13 AM   #9
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Did you perhaps have your refrigerator running on 12V? That will kill a battery pretty quick.

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