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  • JoeAndSandy
    JoeAndSandyWhy didn't I think of that? Tips and Tricks:
    December 6, 2020We need help! We have a 2006 30ft. Winnebago Aspect. It has 2 deep cell marine battries(less then 1 year old). As soon as we take the rv off shore power the battery gauge goes down to 1/3. Why won't the batteries stay charged?
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    • JoeAndSandy
      Seann (the Canadian) December 6, 2020 They were probably allowed to die several times and now won't accept the charge that would be my first thought
    • JoeAndSandy
      Jim & Sharon Ham December 6, 2020 Usually deep cell batteries have a one year warranty so you might be able to get new ones if you kept the receipt.  There are two tests you can run to determine battery condition.  Use disconnect switch if you have one or disconnect cables so you can elim...  more
    • JoeAndSandy
      MRJohnston December 6, 2020 Not knowing the usage history or the batteries it’s hard to answer.   First off,  have you checked the water level?   Those are not true deep cycle batteries designed for RV continuous discharge/recharge.  They are more of a one type fits all.  If they ha...  more
    • JoeAndSandy
      Travelinlady December 6, 2020 I always have the store check my batteries even when new. I had bought a battery at Walmart and it was bad. I took it back and they tested it and said it had a bad cell. So they gave me a new battery they took three batteries off the shelf before they fou...  more
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      Glen & Margie December 6, 2020 I have been buying batteries for my two diesel trucks, mustang and RV for 30 years and never had a bad battery
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      • JoeAndSandy
        Swtpea December 14, 2020 Ya, a lot of people buy batteries all the time,but not at wally world!!
    • JoeAndSandy
      Enc Keith December 6, 2020 Also check your charger on your camper. Ive had several that overcharge the batteries thus shortening the life of the batteries. Lead acid batteries will lose water more rapidly when over charging. Js
    • JoeAndSandy
      Dwight Thomas December 6, 2020 A volt meter will do you a lot of good. First are the batteries actually charging ? or is the converter or charger you have just bypassing the batteries and showing good when plugged in? Also you can separate the two and see if one is bad and the other ok...  more
    • JoeAndSandy
      Lyla and Bill December 6, 2020 An other check may be to see if shore power is actually charging you house batteries. Easy test, check the voltage when disconnected from shore power, then again, when connected. 
    • JoeAndSandy
      Bounder Travelers December 7, 2020 The following discussion if for flooded lead-acid and other types of lead-acid batteries, not lithium-ion batteries that have much more stringent charging equipment and operating parameters. Having read for many years the FMCA magazine, now called Family ...  more
    • JoeAndSandy
      Dan-n-Jo December 7, 2020 Check to make sure that all wires on the batteries are tightened. It may be something as ease as a charging wire not attached properly or at all. When plugged into shore power your gauge would show whatever voltage is going through that line, but does not...  more
    • JoeAndSandy
      Jimmy & Connie Taylor December 7, 2020 May be the same as mine. Shore power does not charge my batteries. I start the ENGINE and it does. Doesn't sound write but does.1999 Thor.
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      • JoeAndSandy
        MRJohnston December 7, 2020 Have you looked into getting a separate battery charger/maintainer like a Battery Minder (my favorite) or a Battery Tender for when you are on shore power?
      • JoeAndSandy
        Lyla and Bill January 26 It sounds like there is a problem with your convertor or the wiring between it and the batteries. The first test would be with a voltmeter on the house batteries and then connecting and disconnecting the shore power. and recording the voltage readings.
    • JoeAndSandy
      Roving Rehklau December 7, 2020 Go to an auto parts or farm store and have them run a battery diagnostic. You'll know exactly what the problem is and probably be able to take care of it right there.
    • JoeAndSandy
      Debra N6MQQ December 7, 2020 Check to see if your power converter is working correctly.  We just had to replace ours when we were dry camping and had dead batteries after 12 hours.  When we got home, we plugged into shore power, checked the batteries and they were still flat.  After ...  more
    • JoeAndSandy
      Rick & Lil December 13, 2020 Battery disconnect switch somewhere???
    • JoeAndSandy
      Jim & Sharon Ham January 26 Was this ever resolved?  Would the OP tell us the solution that fixed it so we will all be better prepared. 
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