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Old 06-04-2015, 01:23 PM   #1
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Battery Drains Quickly! '05 25RKS

I have a 2005 Jayflight '05 25RKS and my 12V battery is draining quick. I purchased a new battery when I bought the trailer so I don't believe it is the battery itself.

I used it for about a week and found myself waking up with a dead battery just about every morning:
-Hardly used the lights (less than 5 minutes/day!)
-Fridge was set to gas
-Used the heater at night (could it be the fan?)

I used a generator to re-charge the battery and I had a solar panel with a trickle charge throughout the day.

Is it common for the battery to drain this quick? Anything else that may be draining the power that I'm not aware of?

Thank you!
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Old 06-04-2015, 01:50 PM   #2
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you should take a parasitic amp draw to see what is consuming power from your battery. I would shut off all that you can pull fuses and get the amp draw with nothing on Should be 0 amps anything more than that and you either didn't shut something off or you have a short circuit somewhere. If you have 0 amp draw then start replacing one fuse at a time and with each fuse that you replace read the amp draw then add another fuse and repeat until all fuses are installed. Don't turn on anything yet until all the fuses have been replaced Then start by turning on the appliances and with each one get a amp reading.
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Old 06-04-2015, 01:53 PM   #3
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you should take a parasitic amp draw to see what is consuming power from your battery. I would shut off all that you can pull fuses and get the amp draw with nothing on Should be 0 amps anything more than that and you either didn't shut something off or you have a short circuit somewhere. If you have 0 amp draw then start replacing one fuse at a time and with each fuse that you replace read the amp draw then add another fuse and repeat until all fuses are installed. Don't turn on anything yet until all the fuses have been replaced Then start by turning on the appliances and with each one get a amp reading.

Great idea. Thank you. My husband is an electrician so you think this should be easy
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Old 06-04-2015, 02:02 PM   #4
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Almost everything you talked about is hooked to 12v power the fridge takes battery to ignite same with hot water tank when using gas same with furness to start up and the fan. Also there is the gas detector which uses battery and the radio all of these things will draw battery down. I had a dead battery with trailer just sitting not hooked up to shore power for 2 weeks the only draw was the Gas detector and radio thats why some people add a battery cutoff switch.
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Old 06-04-2015, 02:07 PM   #5
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Almost everything you talked about is hooked to 12v power the fridge takes battery to ignite same with hot water tank when using gas same with furness to start up and the fan. Also there is the gas detector which uses battery and the radio all of these things will draw battery down. I had a dead battery with trailer just sitting not hooked up to shore power for 2 weeks the only draw was the Gas detector and radio thats why some people add a battery cutoff switch.
Now I know why so many people have generators... or use powered sites!

I can cut out the furnace use soon because it's getting warmer at least. I will take a look into the battery cutoff switch though - usually we disconnect the battery whenever we park it.
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The furnace is a big amp draw item and you most likely will be drawing power for the propane/CO2 detector and radio. But it there is a problem in the wiring checking amp draws will indicate the problem. Other factors to consider is the capacity of your battery and hopefully you are using a deep cycle battery
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Old 06-04-2015, 02:23 PM   #7
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The furnace is a big amp draw item and you most likely will be drawing power for the propane/CO2 detector and radio. But it there is a problem in the wiring checking amp draws will indicate the problem. Other factors to consider is the capacity of your battery and hopefully you are using a deep cycle battery
Well, that's good news. I was hoping the furnace was more of a problem rather than the fridge... I think my husband disconnected the CO2 detector, which makes me a bit nervous.
I am using a deep cycle battery, but I keep seeing posts about two 6V batteries run in series being a better option. I wish I didn't just buy a brand new 12V!
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Old 06-04-2015, 02:30 PM   #8
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well you could get two 6 volt batteries and hook them in series and then hook the 12 volt in parallel with the two 6 volts Hope that didn't confuse you.
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Old 06-04-2015, 02:42 PM   #9
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You could easily drain the battery overnight if using the furnace a lot. Is your current battery a group 24 or 27? I would suggest a second 12V battery or better yet two 6V batteries. Don't mix 12 volt with 6 volt and make sure that the batteries are of the same capacity and age. Also, my guess is that you are not getting a full charge to begin with. How long do you run the generator and how do you charge the battery with the generator? Do you connect the battery to the generator directly or do you plug the trailer into the generator and let the trailer's inverter charge the battery? If using the generator to directly charge the battery with the generator's 12v plug, it will not do much. It does not put out enough amperage. Plugging in the trailer would be best and I would think that 3 hours would be minimum for a full charge.

Finally, I would reconnect the CO2 alarm ASAP. I would rather a dead battery than a dead person.

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Old 06-04-2015, 02:42 PM   #10
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One or two days with one or two batteries using the furnace, etc., will draw it down. It takes a generator a few hours, depending on the system, to bring batteries back up to full power. Search this forum, and you will find off grid campers that have battery power down to a exact science.
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