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Old 10-05-2016, 04:43 AM   #1
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Battery Drain

We have are new owners of a 2005 J21 JFeather. Is it to be expected that the battery would die after a month of being stored in the driveway? The only thing I can see that would be drawing power would be the LPG Detector, Microwave display panel, and the am/fm Radio. The battery is new, as we bought it during our labor day camping trip.


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Old 10-05-2016, 05:22 AM   #2
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In between outings, you need to pull the main fuse located by the batteries. Your battery will last months without a charge if you do that. If you do not have a main fuse by the battery, disconnect the negative terminal.

A battery cut off switch is what a lot of members have installed between the batteries negative terminal and the frame connection.

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Most likely the battery will drain faster than that. I would suggest that you connect to a 120v source while parked in the driveway. That will keep the battery charged. Just be careful as to what else you turn on due to the amp rating of the circuit you use.
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Ok good to know, should I disconnect and bring the battery inside during winter storage? We live in the Cleveland, Ohio area.

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If you do not have a main fuse by the battery, disconnect the negative terminal.

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Just for curiosity, if you are going to disconnect a terminal, why the negative terminal. Why not just disconnect the positive terminal?
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Old 10-05-2016, 06:33 AM   #6
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Welcome and congrats on the rig!!!

As mentioned, unhook the battery in some way to prevent the drain. I mounted a Blue Sea mini switch to the battery box (bought a group 27 box) to make it easier to do so. Info and pics in my signature mods link.

Storing the battery inside can help over the winter. I actually left mine in last year with the switch turned off, and was good to go when I picked the trailer up from its inside winter nap.
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Just for curiosity, if you are going to disconnect a terminal, why the negative terminal. Why not just disconnect the positive terminal?
It's a safety thing.

If your wrench contacts something grounded while disconnecting the negative lead, no sparks.
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Ok good to know, should I disconnect and bring the battery inside during winter storage? We live in the Cleveland, Ohio area.

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Storing it indoors away from freezing weather is suggested as well as storing it with a full charge applied.
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There are lots of parasite drains on the battery. The microwave only works when connected to shore power, so no parasite drain there. When we are at home I plug in using an adaptor. This allows me to run the refrigerator, lights and keep the battery healthy. If we store it anywhere without power, we pull the inline fuse at the battery. Otherwise you can install a battery disconnect switch, which is easier to flip than pulling the battery cover.

One thing to remember. The battery is required while towing, as it powers the emergency brakes during a breakaway situation.

Deep cycle batteries do require maintenance. A couple times a year, you need to pull the caps and check the fluid levels. They need to be at the bottom of the plastic, and always covering the cells. If you need to add fluid ONLY use DISTILLED water. Tap water will kill the battery due to the minerals. I check my batteries when I pull them off the TT in the fall, and once midsummer. I also put them on the battery maintainer a couple times during the winter just to ensure they are fully charged.
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Here is the USBattery care documentation for you to look over.

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