Storing FR3 for winter
I have a 2018 FR3 30ds. Of course, I did the usual things - drained the pipes and fresh water storage, taped up all the sink drains to keep bugs out, hit the battery disconnect, etc. It has been in storage since the end of October about 5 miles from my new home in Florida. I have been going there about every 3 weeks or so to check it out, run the engine and generator for 7 to 10 minutes, change the 1” of water in the toilet, etc.
The last 2 times I have visited it (today and 12/27/18), I noticed the stairs did not automatically open when I opened the door. The engine started up just fine. Today, I turned on the battery disconnect switch by the front door before I started the engine but saw no light. The generator would not start or even make any noise and none of the ceiling lights would go on. Once I started the engine, everything was fine. The generator started up no problem. Even when I turned off the engine and the generator, the battery indicator showed full charge.
I did notice that when I leave the motorhome and disconnect the battery, the green light for what I think is the propane detector is still on. (It’s the one near the floor behind the dinette on the wall that has the bathroom sink on the other side of it). When I come back a few weeks later, it is red. The propane tank is completely shut off. I wonder if the propane detector is draining the house battery while I am gone? Is there a way to shut that off? Or is there something else I should be doing when I leave the FR3 for a few weeks?
FYI, I usually turn on the AC when I run the generator to put a load on it. All seems to be good other than what appears to be an almost dead house battery.