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  • Gary Hard
    Gary HardRV Repair Club:
    May 6We recently purchased a 2006 National RV Sea Breeze. Everything seems to be good on it......for now (hey, it's an RV right?) Anyway, the vehicle battery keeps going dead while parked in our drive. It was replaced in March of 2021 and is a stout cold crank...  more
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    • Gary Hard
      Steve Smith-tech May 6 Have the alternator checked for a bad diode ,it's possible it's bad and draining the battery
    • Gary Hard
      John T May 6 Mornin Gary, you ask " Any other things to look for?"  Sure, 1) There may be a phantom or other parasitic load on the battery you may not be aware of (may be hard to trace down) that's draining it. One way to test that is once its...  more
    • Gary Hard
      Ray & Ann May 6 There is an ignition relay that after your engine is up and running it starts sending voltage to the house battery, maybe it's stuck. Be careful about those free battery test, I was once told I needed a battery and alternator and it was the ignition...  more
    • Gary Hard
      Jenna & The ZARGON May 6 Check out this guy... testing for parasitic draw. Might be helpful.
      https://youtu.be/zdIKNnwEjIs Good Luck!
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      • Gary Hard
        Gary Hard May 7 Thanks for the link. That guy is very good. He gives you all kinds of neat tricks to check things out. I disconnected the battery over night and it didn't have any voltage drop. I think I have a parasite drain. Now it's time to eleminate possible causes. ...  more
    • Gary Hard
      Tom & Barb May 6 When you disconnect the battery terminal as John T mention, consider putting an ammeter in series between the battery and the removed cable. Many multi-meters have an AMP reading up to 10A, allowing you to measure how much current is being used from para...  more
    • Gary Hard
      Jim & Shelley Gallo May 6 Disconnect the negative battery cable. Put a test light between the cable and the terminal. If the test light lights there’s something drawing power. Now it’s just a matter of finding it.
    • Gary Hard
      Tony and Dot May 6 There are some things that draw juice all the time such as the clock on the radio or propane detector  which is not enough to draw down the battery except for long periods without charging.
    • Gary Hard
      rick&dee May 6 All the above suggestions are good. My 1997 Fleetwood Southwind does the same thing. I know for a fact that the propane detector in the MH runs off the chassis battery. I have 2 battery factory disconnect switches above the side exit door. If I disconnect...  more
    • Gary Hard
      Jim & Sharon Ham May 6 After the test for a constant draw load as mentioned several times above, buy a battery disconnect switch.  Cheap ones start at 15 bucks and fasten to the battery terminal.  A better marine-grade flush mount panel switch would be about $60.  There will al...  more
    • Gary Hard
      Paul & Kay Legare May 7 Lead acid batteries do not tolerate heavy discharge very well. You mentioned that it has gone Dead several times. You may currently have two related issues. The first is the question of what is draining the battery and the second is that possibly the almo...  more
    • Gary Hard
      sailsam May 7 I agree with Paul and Kay.  Even a new battery, if allowed to discharge too much, will be wrecked in one 100% discharge cycle, especially if allowed to remain in the discharged condition .  I've not had this problem on my land RV, but I learned on my mari...  more
    • Gary Hard
      The Strait's May 23 Take it out of the unit, put it on a piece of wood, charge it check it with the multimeter. Should be near 12V, Check it 2 days later. If not 12 Volts you have a bad cell. If good go 2 more days and still close to 12V then you have drain on the rig.
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