Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Toads and Motorhome Related Towing
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-06-2014, 10:59 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 1
Drained Ford Flex battery ... help!

We have twice found our 2014 Flex battery dead after towing. The first time was after about a total of 6 hrs towing but was started a number of times to hook and unhook , and the 2nd was yesterday after a drive of about two hrs. The car was fully charged as it was used to run around town a lot over four days. It was left hooked up all night at a rest stop and was dead when I tried to start it the next morning. Could it be having a reverse drain? It is getting a trickle charge. I had it checked after the first time. We've only used the Flex as dingy about 6-8 times and the Flex does NOT call for pulling any fuses, etc.
__________________

__________________
Chuck Ludike is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 10-06-2014, 01:09 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
bdpreece's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Woodburn Oregon USA
Posts: 2,596
Ford states in the manuals to start the engine and run the transmission through the gears every 6 hours but what they don't tell you is that since you have to leave the car in gear with the key in the first position that the battery will drain long before that. The solution is to run a charge wire from the coach to the dingy along with a dedicated ground wire. Depending on how the coach is wired you may also need a diode in the charge wire so that current will only flow one way which will charge the battery but not allow it to discharge back into the coach when the coach is parked with the toad still connected.
__________________

__________________
Brian, Loretta & Daisy (Golden Retriever)
2008 Holiday Rambler Endeavor 40 PDQ , ISL 400
2014 Ford Explorer toad
bdpreece is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 02:37 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Boeing Guy's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 304
Blog Entries: 1
My Explorer was wired to charge the battery. There is 12 V at pin (whatever) on the MH. It seems to work, but I suspect that a diode was not installed. One night after we stopped at WalMart, we forgot to run the engine and take it out of accessory. The ford wouldn't start the next morning. We started the MH. Let it run about 10 minutes, and the car started up just fine. Let the car run for 5 minutes, did the D-R-N thing and did not have a problem. So many lessons learned the hard way.
__________________
Jim and Vicky, Belleville, IL
2004 Winnebago Journey
2012 Explorer Toad
Boeing Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 02:46 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Boeing Guy's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 304
Blog Entries: 1
Sorry, I just re-read the OP. I do not leave my 2012 Explorer in gear. My Explorer does not have a key. I start it up, run 5 min, put tranny through D-R-N, shut it down with foot OFF the brake. Then press the start/stop button again until I see - accessory power available. I usually stop every six hours and run it for 5 minutes but I have been assured the reason for that is to charge the battery. I was told that if you have a charge line, you really don't have to do that. My wife and I switch drivers every 6 hours and usually we fuel up after 6 hours, so it's no big deal. At first I was paranoid about not going over 6 ours. I have stretched it to 7 hours with no known problems.
__________________
Jim and Vicky, Belleville, IL
2004 Winnebago Journey
2012 Explorer Toad
Boeing Guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 03:14 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Randyman1's Avatar


 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 706
We tow an 09 Flex, and there is no drain on the car battery hooked, unhooked, left in gear etc. If you have drained the battery twice, you should make sure to use a battery charger and fully charge and load test it to see if it is still good. Driving it around will only put a small charge in the battery and not fully charge it like a battery charge would. Maybe they changed something by 14, but after you put ours in neutral and shut the key off, all battery drain is gone. Randy
__________________
Randy & Kathy-n-Auggie
07 HR Navigator 43PBQ, 525hp Cummins ISX, 17 Ford Supercrew Ecoboost King Ranch 4x4
Randyman1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 03:21 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
bdpreece's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Woodburn Oregon USA
Posts: 2,596
Quote:
Originally Posted by Randyman1 View Post
We tow an 09 Flex, and there is no drain on the car battery hooked, unhooked, left in gear etc. If you have drained the battery twice, you should make sure to use a battery charger and fully charge and load test it to see if it is still good. Driving it around will only put a small charge in the battery and not fully charge it like a battery charge would. Maybe they changed something by 14, but after you put ours in neutral and shut the key off, all battery drain is gone. Randy
2014s have a bunch more computer stuff that draws on the battery as opposed to the 09.
__________________
Brian, Loretta & Daisy (Golden Retriever)
2008 Holiday Rambler Endeavor 40 PDQ , ISL 400
2014 Ford Explorer toad
bdpreece is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 04:52 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
wa8yxm's Avatar
 
Damon Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 22,811
DO you have an aux braking system? MOST of those suck battery power off the towed,, TWO that I know of replenish it (or should) and one (That I know of) Does not use ANY towed battery power.

Folks with Tow vehicle air operated pedal pushers beware, THOSE suck some battery power every time you apply the brakes.. You say WHAT? yup, the brake lights on the car, roughly 50 watts if note LED possibly 2x that or more depending on the vehicle.

US_Gear unified brake decelerator, & Iinvisible Brake provide for re-charge. M&G does NOT push the pedal and thus activate the brake light switch on most cars.. Beyond that I can not advise.

Oh, though rare,,, I once bought a battery that only lasted a week.. Blang thing had a lifetime warranty though so the new one (And the one after that years later) were free.. After that the car died of a drug overdose so I junked it (Sentry Drugs shuttle truck ran over it)
__________________

__________________
Home is where I park it!
wa8yxm is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
battery, ford



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fried Battery Isolator BopMan Monaco Owner's Forum 40 10-03-2014 07:37 PM
Towing 2013 Ford Flex with pushbutton start scooter21 Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 7 09-15-2014 11:22 PM
2013 ACE 30.1 AC Evaporator Dripping onto Engine Battery causing corrosion Arizona Lizards Thor Industries Owner's Forum 8 08-13-2014 09:38 AM
Replacement house battery rcase13 Class C Motorhome Discussions 7 07-22-2014 03:56 PM
Battery Advice sjkted Class A Motorhome Discussions 33 02-06-2014 09:12 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:07 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.