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Old 05-18-2015, 06:28 PM   #1
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Question Batteries Drained during 3 week storage - 2003 Flair 33R

We just got our used (and babied) 2003 Fleetwood Flair 33R a little while ago. We parked it for storage for only about 3 weeks, then discovered both the house and chassis batteries were drained. We did hit both battery disconnects before we left it...
Any obvious things to look for that might cause this? Things that would still be connected that the disconnects don't shut off? Odd that both the house AND the chassis would be drained...

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Old 05-18-2015, 06:43 PM   #2
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Battery disconnects seldom do. Your chassis batteries could be drained by the ECU, dashboard clock, radio presets, entrance steps, etc. The house batteries could be drained by some of the same. Check that the TV antenna boost is off, thermostat, etc. A mechanical disconnect like one of these:


Would be a positive way to prevent battery drain from phantom loads. I use one, my house battery can be off 5 months or more without discharge.
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I like the idea of a switch like that. Did you just install it in your battery bay directly inline? Did you do one for both the house and the chassis?
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It may already have one of these in the bay with the Inverter.
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My Cummins 5.9 is all mechanical, so my solenoid disconnect seems to be 100%. The house batteries each have knife switches mounted on a terminal. When I'm not plugged in, they get opened and everything is good until I next use the RV.
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Old 05-18-2015, 07:11 PM   #6
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So if I install switches for both, would there be any need for the stock internal disconnect switches? Could they be bypassed, and possibly just re-labeled "Phasers" and "Photon Torpedoes"?
(That's a joke, as I know they only trigger solenoids, but anything to Trek it up....)
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How old are the batteries? If you hit both battery disconnects they may be at the end of their life. I just bought an 03 33r two months ago and had to replace all the batteries.
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Assuming that my 2005 Fleetwood Fiesta 32S is laid out similar to your's, I would have to agree with one of the suggestions made by Mr. Flinn, that being the tv antenna booster. If left on, it can drain the coach batteries over a period of a few days. It should be in the overhead compartment above the passenger seat, mounted right in the back of the compartment above the windshield. When it is powered, a green light is on. It's easy to miss when you shut all the tv controls down, especially if you use the remotes, and don't open that compartment.
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Make sure you get a switch rated for 300 amps or more.
An enclosed switch is better.

Some folks just remove the negative battery cable, you could try that next time before installing two switches.

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I've seen the solenoids go bad. You sure yours aren't out?

Draw is pretty easy to test with an amp meter.. Just test it with the disconnect "disconnected" and see what they draw.
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