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Old 06-25-2018, 02:32 PM   #1
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Question Something is draining my battery when camper not in use

I am new to FR Forum and new to campers and camping. Something is slowly draining my battery when my 17 ft FR Coachman is parked and not in use. I have a sneaking suspicious it may be the Jensen radio/CD player as the light and clock are always on. Any help/advice will be appreciated!
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Old 06-25-2018, 02:36 PM   #2
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That and you propane detectors and the list goes on. Either unhook battery, put a battery cut off switch on if you don't already have. Or leave it plugged in.
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and your propane detector and your tv antenna booster and several other things. Need to remove the negative on your battery cable or install a disconnect. Common issue with all/most rv's
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Old 06-25-2018, 02:38 PM   #4
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There are several things that will kill your battery over a week or so. The biggest is the CO/Propane detector followed by the DVD/Radio. If you are going to leave parked, add a battery disconnect switch or just disconnect the negative battery terminal
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Some Dometic fridges have a climate control feature without a switch, that is a big battery drain when not plugged into shore power.
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As others have mentioned this is normal. Many things can and will drain the battery. Best thing to do is add a battery disconnect or disconnect the battery when in storage.


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Just leave it plugged in while parked.
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I am new to FR Forum and new to campers and camping. Something is slowly draining my battery when my 17 ft FR Coachman is parked and not in use. I have a sneaking suspicious it may be the Jensen radio/CD player as the light and clock are always on. Any help/advice will be appreciated!
Does your Coachman have a Battery Cut off switch ???
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Old 06-26-2018, 02:57 PM   #9
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Does your Coachman have a Battery Cut off switch ???
I'm assuming that, as it's a 17ft trailer, it's probably an entry level trailer which don't have factory battery disconnect switches.
The OP doesn't have the trailer model listed in their profile.
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My Jensen consumes some power even when it is turned off. I just remove the faceplate and store it to decrease the battery load. I only disconnect the battery when storing for more that a week, so that I have battery power for the electric brake breakaway system when towing.
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The other alternative is (if your unit and surrounding areas are completely secure) is to hook up a solar charger. You wouldn't need a big one for storage power.
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Get a 7 buck battery cut off switch at Walmart. Put it on your negative battery terminal and attach your negative battery wire to it. 5 minutes and problem solved.
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Battery draining while stored

Just remember to check your Battery Water level occasionally if you keep it plugged in while not being used. Best solution is the Battery Disconnect Switch in my opinion.
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I am new to FR Forum and new to campers and camping. Something is slowly draining my battery when my 17 ft FR Coachman is parked and not in use. I have a sneaking suspicious it may be the Jensen radio/CD player as the light and clock are always on. Any help/advice will be appreciated!


ANY those little lights will do it. The one that snags me sometimes is the antenna power button. You wouldn't,t think it would matter that much, but over time it does. If ya can,t turn the light off then flip a breaker or pull a fuse.
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It's op ask a question and disappeared ???
Our TV would be very easy to unplug,,, in fact I had to replace the fuse last week !!!
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