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Old 09-27-2016, 09:47 AM   #1
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My rig battery keeps going dead , the engine not the home battery it's a new battery I can jump and starts but turn it off goes dead again lights work while running so I don't think it's the alternator can anyone advise or information before I take it in , thanks for all answers

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Old 09-27-2016, 11:12 AM   #2
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Was the going dead problem the reason you installed a new battery ?

Was the new battery fully charged when installed ?
It would take 6 to 8 hours of highway driving for the alternator to charge a dead chassis battery, if it would come back at all.
Have you had the battery tested ?
New, doesn't necessarily, mean good.

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Old 10-02-2016, 08:57 AM   #3
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Check the battery terminals, especially if they're the side-mounted type that are replaceable.

I had a weird problem with my chassis battery that turned out to be a rusted terminal connection. It would sometimes work, and sometimes act completely dead. It turned out that the battery terminal connection was good enough to pass low current, but not the high starting current. Replacing the terminal ($2) fixed everything.
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Old 10-02-2016, 12:33 PM   #4
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How long does it take for the battery to drain down? NRV have several battery drains on the chassis battery when the ignition is off. I would suggest you install a positive disconnect on the battery, cured my drainage problems.

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Old 10-18-2016, 08:00 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone on the information for my battery going dead , it had a bad cell but if I disconnect the battery when I park it , the steps will stay out I guess that won't hurt anything
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Old 10-18-2016, 06:59 PM   #6
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It took 3 new battery's before I got one without a bad cell, I had to have each one load tested before I was given an exchange.

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