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Old 03-21-2016, 10:23 AM   #1
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Battery dead 2016 24K Melbourne

Just bought 2016 Melbourne 24k motorhome a
few months ago in Wisconsin. Didn't start it for 3 weeks. Now battery is dead.
What did I do wrong and what should I do now? Thanks.

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Old 03-21-2016, 10:52 AM   #2
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I am sure someone else with motorhome experience will be along shortly but what battery is dead?

Starter battery or the house battery? Both?

All trailers and MH have parasitic draw that will kill batteries if they sit for too long. The propane and CO detectors are the usual culprits.
If you don't have the means of plugging in the MH while it is in storage you need to disconnect the house battery or it will drain.
I am not sure about the starter battery and if that will drain as well. Probably not.
Although all batteries do have a slow internal drain and will die if you leave them long enough. Even without something constantly drawing power.


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Old 03-21-2016, 11:01 AM   #3
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Both the house and chassis battery have a parasitic draw. If you're talking about the chassis battery you need to get a battery tender and keep it hooked up constantly while parked. If it's the house battery, you need to keep the rig plugged in or disconnect the battery with the battery disconnect switch.
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Old 03-21-2016, 03:32 PM   #4
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Try charging first. If you can get them charged, the do a load test to see max and min.
If load is below 9.5 to 9, they aren't any good. Just had the same happen to my house battery on our 2016 Greyhawk. Purchased a new one and Jayco is reimbursing us.
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