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Old March 29th, 2009, 07:19 AM
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Whats Draining My battery on my Camper?

I've got a 2007 Keystone Travel Trailer... When I unplug it from power and turn everything off, My battery is draining down with in a bout 2 days... I was wondering what this could be? I've been told my converter is out but I dont even have it plugged up so the converter isn't work... I'm looking to find out what could be possible draining my battery? I've even flipped all the breakers... still no luck... Thanks.
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Re: Whats Draining My battery on my Camper?

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I've got a 2007 Keystone Travel Trailer... When I unplug it from power and turn everything off, My battery is draining down with in a bout 2 days... I was wondering what this could be? I've been told my converter is out but I dont even have it plugged up so the converter isn't work... I'm looking to find out what could be possible draining my battery? I've even flipped all the breakers... still no luck... Thanks.
do you have a main disconnect? all trailers and motorhomes have those... ihave left a compartment light on before and had that happen..a dead cell in the batt. would kill it also..
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Old March 29th, 2009, 09:12 AM
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Re: Whats Draining My battery on my Camper?

The LP detector is always on but I don't think they draw much.
If you were to take the cables off the battery(s) does it still drain?
The breakers are probably for your 120 volt outlets and wouldn't drain the battery.
Does your converter have fuses? Those are the 12VDC circuits that would drain the battery.
Most volt meters have a DC amp scale you could put in series with your battery cable.
Pull the fuses out until the drain stops.
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Re: Whats Draining My battery on my Camper?

I would have the battery load tested to see if it's any good first.
I am no electrician but if you have a short you could track it down by putting a 12v meter on the Positive pole of the battery, and to the frame on the trailer.
If you have a short you will get a reading on the meter, start disconnecting your 12v items one at a time until you find the one that is sneaking the power from your battery.
Or you could Put in a Battery disconnect switch, but then you haven't solved the problem.
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Re: Whats Draining My battery on my Camper?

the lp and co sensors do draw power..... and like gary said have your batterys checked and one of the most overlooked battery problems on a rv....is the battery dirty take your volt meter connect the poss to the pos term and take the ground lead and touch the top of the battery all over if you get any reading the battery is shorting out from the dirt and acid on top this happens alot get the cleaner out and wash it baking soada works good also make sure you have a good clean battery terminals
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Re: Whats Draining My battery on my Camper?

Carbob monoxide detector and smoke detectors are always on, but these do not draw much current. Did you make sure your fridge is not set toauto and running off the 12 volts, what about the electric brakes saftey braek away cable. If the plunger is pat pulled out of the safety break away that could make contact, put your breaks on and drain battery.
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Re: Whats Draining My battery on my Camper?

Thanks for all the replys now I have somewhere to start... I'm going to keep the battery charger hooked up for now... but when i get back from Mud Nationals I'll have it all checked out... Thanks agian...
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Re: Whats Draining My battery on my Camper?

My Dometic fridge has a switch inside the door jam for a heater that burns off condensed water when the humidity is high. Even if the fridge is turned off it draws half an amp. Turning that off worked for me when I had the same problem.
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Re: Whats Draining My battery on my Camper?

I do have a switch in the door jam of my refridgerator... I'll check to see what it is... I was wondering if the light may be stayin on inside it. but the light is cold when i touch it so it must not be on while the door is closed...
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Re: Whats Draining My battery on my Camper?

I found that I had the power boost switch turned on for my antenna. Check that it draws a lot of power. Good luck

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