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Old 04-05-2014, 11:07 PM   #15
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Let's bottom line this. ANY battery(s) which are allowed to go flat will have greatly compromised capacity and, in fact, just may be unrecoverable. So let's not indict the dealer if the owner allowed these batts to die as he said. It seems as if the road traveler might as well replace the batteries and start over. This time, the voltage MUST be monitored on a regular basis and never be allowed to drop below 12.0 volts.NEVER! When dropping near that mark, he MUST crank up the generator and run 'till at full charge. It doesn't matter if it's 3 AM, you gotta get some juice in those batts! Also, you really need to bone up on your electrical system and RV electricals in general, lest you zap the new batts too! A good primer for this is an online article called "The 12v. Side of life". Google it.

Without knowing anything about your coach and its electricals, you will be forever asking the questions referenced above.
I had another MH that the batteries went dead on and I was able to always recharge them. Did not know that if batteries went with out charge one time that it would ruin them. I would run my other using the generator for about 30 to 45 minutes a day and it kept working fine. I think my new one has much more to offer and I need to learn more about it. I did change my other to 6 volt which I will do with my new one. I think when I bought it from the dealer that all was working well. 6 volt batteries is where I will start and probably run my generator for a longer period of time several times a day and see how that works. I will google the 12v side of life. Thanks
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You can find that link and many more in this link sticky in the RV Systems & Appliances forum.
Never forget stickies in the top of forums they can hold your answers to questions.
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Had no idea about the stickies. I have much to learn! Thank you for your help 007.

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Old 04-06-2014, 05:10 PM   #18
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I would check the batteries. I had battery go BAD last year and it was only 7 months old. Odd thing the battery would test OK, but would then drain down to around 4 volts. It appeared the battery had a soft short. You need to monitor the battery(s). I add a battery monitor to eliminate a parasitic drain.

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I am new at this but I was told that when winterizing, the hoses to the water pump need to be disconnected and then run the pump. A little water will come out. A piece in the pump can break to cause a small leak and water may drain back to the tank. That may cause the pump to run a little now and then. Thanks again for your help.
That may be true if you try and blow out the lines with air. Not the best way to winterize. Use the RV pink antifreeze and pump it through all the lines, pour some in all drain traps and your good to go. Pump and all. But since we keep the RV in the heated shop now, I have never winterized the Newmar. We camp all winter long. Then pull it inside when were done. Nothing freezes.
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That may be true if you try and blow out the lines with air. Not the best way to winterize. Use the RV pink antifreeze and pump it through all the lines, pour some in all drain traps and your good to go. Pump and all. But since we keep the RV in the heated shop now, I have never winterized the Newmar. We camp all winter long. Then pull it inside when were done. Nothing freezes.
Ditto..... this is the Best and easiest way to winterize. Pump is set up with a line to pump from the bottle.
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