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Old 11-02-2013, 09:10 AM   #1
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Battery discharge

I have a new Tiffin Breeze 32, I'm unable to hook up to power at this time, after 2 or 3 days the batteries not have enough power to start the generator or engine, is this normal, does this mean I should start up the generator every other day
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Sort of depends on where you are and what you have on inside the RV. Cold or warm, heat or AC on, electric hot water heater, household refer or gas/electric and on gas or electric, TV use, home entertainment use, etc., etc., etc. How many batteries? We need a lot more specifics before we can give you that type info.
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Old 11-02-2013, 09:59 AM   #3
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battery discharge

I have a Breeze 28 that I've used for 11 months. This past month, my house batteries too, would no longer hold a charge. I replaced both and no longer have the issues. NOTE: with discharged house batteries, I was able to start the generator by using the emergency combine batteries switch. Good luck.
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If you are in the Breeze and using systems, it could be that you are not getting full charges when you run your generator. An hour or tow every few days is probably not near enough. If you can monitor charging current you need to see a marked drop in the current when the batteries are approaching full charge. You can also monitor the stare of charge by letting the batteries sit for a half hour or so (to eliminate the surface charge) and see what your bats read. Should be 12.8V or so. You should rechrge when you get to 12-12.2 volts or you're killing batteries. Do a search for "The 12v side of life" for a good description of what I'm talking about.
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Old 11-02-2013, 12:07 PM   #5
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2-3 days is not normal if they were fully charged to begin with. When not actually using the coach, you should use the BDS. However, many coaches still power the safety systems (propane, smoke, C02 detectors) with the batteries disconnected via the BDS. So for extended storage, the batteries must totally disconnected from the coach. With batteries fully charged and disconnected, they can go 3 months before needing a full recharge. Never leave batteries sit in a discharged state very long or they will lose life quickly. Store fully charged.... 12.6 - 12.7 volts.
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I have a new Tiffin Breeze 32, I'm unable to hook up to power at this time, after 2 or 3 days the batteries not have enough power to start the generator or engine, is this normal, does this mean I should start up the generator every other day
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You say the coach won't start after 2-3 days. It is not normal for the chassis battery to drain that much in such a short time unless you left something on. Also, running the generator will not charge the chassis battery.

If the coach is in storage, it is also not normal for the house batteries to discharge after 2-3 days unless you forgot to flip the battery disconnect switch. If you're staying in the coach and running things like the water heater, refrigerator, water pump, lights, etc., however, it is likely you will need to run the generator at least once a day for several hours to keep the batteries charged.
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(You say the coach won't start after 2-3 days. It is not normal for the chassis battery to drain that much in such a short time unless you left something on. Also, running the generator will not charge the chassis battery.)

It should charge the chassis battery. Mine has a BIRD.
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(You say the coach won't start after 2-3 days. It is not normal for the chassis battery to drain that much in such a short time unless you left something on. Also, running the generator will not charge the chassis battery.)

It should charge the chassis battery. Mine has a BIRD.
I don't know what a BIRD is. I may be wrong, but I don't think Tiffins have them.
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