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Old 08-30-2016, 10:36 AM   #11
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Old 08-30-2016, 10:49 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by Heady View Post
Ivan, welcome! Two big consumers of battery power -- the fridge and the emergency brake system. For the fridge, only use it on 12 volt when attached to a running tow vehicle, when boon docking run it on propane. For the emergency brake system, there should be a small wire cable near the hitch going to a pin -- make sure the pin is fully inserted.

Otherwise how many days between when you trickle charged and when you left? There are small battery drains in the camper which could add up over time.

Not saying the above if your problem, just a couple of things to check.
Thank you!

I am so used to tent camping I have not even bothered to use the fridge yet. Just seems like almost a waste of propane or electricity when I have everything nicely cooled and kept in my cooler.

The break system will pull power even when it's just sitting there and unplugged from the TV?

I had unplugged it a couple of days at the most prior to installing it. I did not drive with the battery installed, which I guess would have helped since it would have picked up a charge from the TV on that 5 hour drive.

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Old 08-30-2016, 10:52 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Murff View Post

Welcome to the JOF!

Is your battery a deep cycle battery? If not, you really need to get one. The bigger the better! Even better, if there is space on the tongue for two batteries, get two 6-volt golf cart type deep cycle batteries. These will keep you going the longest. If the cost scares you, contact a battery distributor near you and ask them if they have any blemished batteries. These are batteries with a crease in the case or some other thing that makes them "unsellable" by dealers. They come with a full warranty but can be half the cost of "pretty" batteries.

I do have a deep cycle but I fear it may not have held a charge. I am definitely considering going with dual Trojan T-105's in the future. How quickly that happens I suppose will depend on if this current battery is shot. I'm having it tested now. Thanks!

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