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Old 03-11-2016, 02:04 PM   #1
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Question Clearly, we know nothing. Battery question

We just brought our Jayco home last weekend. We slept in it in our driveway overnight, and the next day the battery seems to be dead. It should have been fully charged after the 10 hour drive to bring it home. Anyway, how do we charge it? Does this sound normal?
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We just brought our Jayco home last weekend. We slept in it in our driveway overnight, and the next day the battery seems to be dead. It should have been fully charged after the 10 hour drive to bring it home. Anyway, how do we charge it? Does this sound normal?
Congrats on the new toy! Sorry about the battery.

Was the furnace running? Other appliances? I gather the furnace especially uses a lot of electricity.

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Congrats on the new toy! Sorry about the battery.

Was the furnace running? Other appliances? I gather the furnace especially uses a lot of electricity.

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Yes, it was. What's the best way to charge it now?
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Yes, it was. What's the best way to charge it now?

Plug it in to a 110 outlet.
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Plug it in to a 110 outlet.
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Also check the terminal connections. My 12v system was doing funny stuff and I found my connections were not tight. All good now. I'd get a household to 30 amp TT plug to charge battery while parked at home.
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Also check the terminal connections. My 12v system was doing funny stuff and I found my connections were not tight. All good now. I'd get a household to 30 amp TT plug to charge battery while parked at home.
Not just the connections at the battery. Double-check the frame ground (white wire) at BOTH ends!
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Hi,
How was that night out in the TT?
To make things a little easier, you should pick up a plug-in volt meter (plugs into your TT's 12VDC outlet) for your TT (there are all kinds on Amazon). This will show you the voltage of your battery(s). The battery rule of thumb is you never let the battery voltage drop below 12.0Volts (50% rule). This will allow your battery to live a long life. When you are not using your TT and you can not plug it in to shore power, you need to remove the main TT fuse that is usually located by the battery. This will stop your battery from discharging. When you discharge a battery to where it is below the 12Volt point, it life is shortened. A lot of members install a battery disconnect switch between the battery and the TT, which makes disconnecting the battery much easier.

Also the heating system fan will run down the battery in one night if it is cold and you are not hooked up to shore power.

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Plug it in to a 110 outlet.
Your TT has an onboard converter that converts shorepower (your power cord) to 12vdc for most if not all your lighting as well as charge your onboard battery. It will take several hours to recharge a dead one. A lot of folks keep their TT plugged in at all times while parked at home.
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