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Jjarrell50

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Posted: 09/20/20 10:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lights and everything works that should work; although, we don’t use them. It does appear that house battery drains pretty quickly.

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Lwiddis wrote:

An extra blanket requires no battery power.

I actually like sleeping in cold weather ! Couple of blankets and a knit hat and I am good !

Now in the AM, when I get out of bed, while the coffee is brewing, is when I want heat !

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Suspect list: in line order I hope

DEAD BATTERY (And by dead I mean Flat, Does not take a charge at all)
Tripped main DC breaker (usually within 1 foot of battery usually in positive lead)
Battery disconnect switch and/or solenoid

And last but not least all over the chart Ye old bad connection or bad wire.

Start by checking the battery with a TEST LIGHT or better a lOAD test. (Disconnect the negative most lead(s) from the RV before load test. If fail then mark the positive leads with red nail polish or paint or tape before disconneciton and let dry.. in fact do that anyway)

If the battery passes disconnect POSITIVE lead and clean. Disconnect any jumpers and clean Finally clean and re connect negative.

Then if not solved move out with the test light this is way better than a volt meter.

First transfer clip to unpainted frame part and test a battery POSITIVE.. (Unplugged I might add) Bright good. dark bad ground chassis end negative cable.

Then moving the clip as needed (And retesting last good spot to insure good ground) move out along the positive lead any device you find test both power terminals

problem exists between bright and dark


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Posted: 09/20/20 05:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Needs a charged battery and the battery switch turned on.
Do the lights work?
Otherwise post the battery voltage.


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Battery drops down to 7 or 8 volts fairly quickly, in one night, even when we are trying to not use anything.

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Posted: 09/21/20 06:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Did you call the place you rented the RV from?


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It’s rvshare, like Airbnb for rv. Owner indicates this is normal. But the coach is a 2012 with 115k miles. A lot of things he has said as normal are not. Many warnings on dash, including check engine light are not normal. Avoid handbrake, it gets stuck,

Maybe evidence of house battery weak, engine has to be running to start generator.

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The house battery is beyond the end of its useful life, it seems, from what you've written. I suspect it gets very rough usage as basically a rental RV, probably being fully or nearly fully discharged many times, so they probably don't last very long.

The generator does need a reasonably decent battery (and good solid connections to it) to start; it takes a lot of current to crank, compared with typical house loads.





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Posted: 09/21/20 08:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think I would be asking the rental agency for a partial refund.

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Jjarrell50 wrote:

Battery drops down to 7 or 8 volts fairly quickly, in one night, even when we are trying to not use anything.


with 10.5v = dead! [emoticon]

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