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Old 09-26-2014, 10:45 AM   #1
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Fleetwood Battery Issue

I have a 2013 Fleetwood Bounder. When we are storing it for an extended period of time, we engage the battery disconnects and walk away. Whenever we come back after 30-45 days, the batterys are dead and we have to jump start the engine. What else is running to drain the battery? I can't find anything.

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Old 09-26-2014, 06:08 PM   #2
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Both house and chassis batteries? Or just chassis. You can use your aux start switch if the house batteries are still ok.

The entry step is powered from the chassis. It may have an understep light that has remained on. Usually not visible except at night. Could also be some stuff on the dash hat remains powered, in addition to the engine ECM.

It's also conceivable that some accessory was installed and wired to the chassis system rather than house.

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Old 09-27-2014, 08:22 AM   #3
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Hi. In any car or RV, there are always "robber circuits" that take battery current when the batteries are connected. Most RVs have 2 battery systems...the engine battery and the "house" batteries. It sounds like your engine battery is the problem. Disconnecting the house batteries will not disconnect your engine battery. I installed one of those battery-disconnect
switches on my engine battery and turn it off when the RV is stored. It works well. The kind I like is the type with the round screw-down nut on the top. As far as what is draining your battery, it could be a light bulb, a dashboard clock, an engine computer, etc.
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Old 09-27-2014, 09:30 AM   #4
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If you have one, turn off your inverter as it is wired directly to the battery and is not effected by turning off the batteries. Turn off the 12V switch at the door as well as a "just in case".
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Old 09-28-2014, 06:25 AM   #5
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Happened to me the first time I put on a RV cover - no more sun for the solar panel. I ended up putting a knife switch on the chassis battery to keep it in good condition. Only really noticeable thing was lack of step operation.
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