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Old 10-08-2017, 10:11 AM   #1
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battery draining

New member and getting back into camping, I bought a 2016 jacyo x254 feather lite and I'm finding that while it is not in use there is something that is draining the battery. I know the simple solution is to just unhook the battery but don't feel like this is the only way. When I charge the battery I do unhook the ground , other than pulling each individual fuse to see which is drawing it down are there any other ways to check it. Appreciate any help thanks.
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Old 10-08-2017, 10:17 AM   #2
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A couple things that draw from the battery, are the stereo, and the CO/propane detector. They're powered all the time the battery is connected.
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Old 10-08-2017, 10:18 AM   #3
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Things such as the CO detector and radio (clock) will drain the battery. Mine was drained within a week or 2. Best thing to do is install a battery disconnect switch. Here is the one I have:

https://www.amazon.com/BEP-701-Batte...connect+switch
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Things such as the CO detector and radio (clock) will drain the battery. Mine was drained within a week or 2. Best thing to do is install a battery disconnect switch. Here is the one I have:

https://www.amazon.com/BEP-701-Batte...connect+switch
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New member and getting back into camping, I bought a 2016 jacyo x254 feather lite and I'm finding that while it is not in use there is something that is draining the battery. I know the simple solution is to just unhook the battery but don't feel like this is the only way. When I charge the battery I do unhook the ground , other than pulling each individual fuse to see which is drawing it down are there any other ways to check it. Appreciate any help thanks.
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Welcome to the forum.

As others have said, there are what are often called 'parasitic' draws on the battery. Even if you pulled fuses, you'd not find all of them; the CO/propane detector for example is always connected.

Removing the battery cable is the quickest way to eliminate all the draws, but a switch is more elegant.
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Old 10-12-2017, 05:16 PM   #6
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Battery Draining: 30 Amp Breaker used as switch

Per others above, I found it convenient to be able to connect and disconnect the battery when needed. I also did not like the method of having to "check" the 30 amp fuse when 12 volt system was having issues. I installed a 30 amp breaker which I also use as a disconnect switch. Note the breaker is attached to the cover of the junction box. Now all I need to do is push the button. _Photo attached.
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Old 10-16-2017, 04:35 PM   #7
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How much parasitic battery draw should be expected? I have a '12 Jayco 3100SS. When parked, engine off, not connected to shore power, and the battery disconnect in the "off" position, I get a 250ma draw on my coach battery and I get a 500ma draw on my engine battery. Both are enough to completely drain the batteries in a matter of a few weeks. Anyone ever checked how much battery draw they are experiencing or anyone have an idea what amount would be expected? I understand there are some things that draw power all the time, but no idea how much is considered normal. The engine battery draw is much higher than that when it's first connected as the parking lights and running lights all come on for a short period of time then automatically turn off, reducing the drain to 500ma. When the lights are all on, the draw is more like 8A. In order to keep my batteries charged I have gone to plugging in my rig to shore power when it's parked and not in use. That keeps the coach battery charged. And I disconnect the negative lead on the engine battery to stop the drain there but both of those seem like they should not be necessary.
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Old 10-16-2017, 06:31 PM   #8
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I have no idea what is a "normal" drain, but with the CO detector alone it would be enough to drain even a good battery in a few weeks. A disconnect switch is the answer that most people use. It's cheap, reliable, and easy to find. Myself I wouldn't spend too much energy chasing down small draws if my reserve capacity when using the trailer was adequate.
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