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Old 03-25-2011, 01:09 PM   #1
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Replace Dead House Batteries or Drive On?

I'm picking up my RV this weekend and I'm pretty sure both the chassis and house batteries are dead.

I have replacement chassis & house batteries, but I'd like to just replace the chassis batteries, drive home, and then replace the house batteries.

Can do?
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If it were me and if not going for a real long distance I'd top off the water in the house batteries and drive it home or disconnect the gound wires from the house batteries.
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Old 03-25-2011, 03:27 PM   #3
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Hi TechWriter,
Drive it home and take your time making the coach the way you want it. If the batts are easily accessible, 1ciderdog has a good idea. Remember if there is no coach 12 VDC, the refer will not operate. If staying overnight, stay in a CG and use the shore power to make the coach come alive.
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Sam's has the big 950 CCA series 31 battery for $97. Anybody use them?
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"Sam's has the big 950 CCA series 31 battery for $97. Anybody use them?"

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There is a slight danger in leaving dead batteries connected while driving IF they failed in the SHORTED mode (I have one like that.. It is currently on a test bench though)

IF you are concerned bout this.. LIFT the negative most cable and lay it aside till you get home..

Also, a suggestion.. Before you remove any other cables take either a can of RED spray paint or some Red nail polish.

Paint all the wires hooked to the most POSITIVE side of the batteries

(That is the Terminal with wires running off to you can't see where on most rigs.. Wires that run battery to battery do not count)

Also take a photo or 3 BEFORE disconnecting.
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Please remember, before unhooking anything, take a picture, otherwise you will be on this forum asking for a wiring diagram!
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Was able to drive home fine -- only about a 15 minute drive, but one of the house batts had frozen and cracked. Pain to clean up, but other than that hunky dory.
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