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Old 02-06-2013, 08:16 PM   #15
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Thanks! I have already used a solar panel. Great idea but even that doesn't help. ????
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1st, I would do what bluepill said, then is your meter digital or analog, with a needle? how many amps will it read? ok, black lead goes to com on the meter red to amps, easy , are you testing at positve cable? black lead to battery red to positive lead, a digital meter will just read negative amps if backwards, breakers should be on 110 volt side fuses will be 12v, pull all your fuses and put them in one at a time. like its been said , respect the battery it can blow up and thats acid inside, a discharging battery gives off expolsive gasses, if you can, auto parts places usually have an clamp amp meter on there tester, if theres one were your at, carefull and good luck
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my multimeter is digital. the manual says the Amp ranges are:
A/20mA/a/200mA, 10 A.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:31 AM   #18
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Multimeter

I make sure that the antenna booster is OFF. but there is a red light, way in the back of the compartment that houses my audio/visual cords. What might this be for and how might i turn it off so it does not create a drain?
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Interesting, I would have said ant booster, how about a picture, I assume you havent located your drain yet? I you follow the avvice of a 10 amp fuse 1st, and it doesnt blow, you can then go to the meter, is the light powered by 110 or 12 volt?
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The light is powered by both 110 and 12 volts
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1. Always disconnect the NEGATIVE cable. That way, if you accidently short to ground with the wrench, nothing happens. On the positive side you could have hundreds of amps current.

2. Cheap an dirty test: Get fuses in 1, 3, 5, 7.5 and 10 amp sizes. You can borrow them from a fuse box in another vehicle rather than buying them.

3. Starting with the 10 amp, jump from the cable end to the battery post. If it does not blow in 10 seconds, you are drawing less than 10 amps. Repeat, using progressively smaller fuses. When one does blow, you know about what the current draw is.

This is probably one of the best ideas I've seen in a while. Good tip!
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Well, Larry ,how did you make out? did you find your drain? did you figure out what the light was for? how many amps did the meter show?
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HA ! We have had storms/rain/flooding here for DAYs now so I have not been to the unit..
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How to Find a Parasitic Battery Drain: 9 steps - wikiHow
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Ksg5000......THANKS!

That is great info!
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Are you shure it is a battery drain and not a bad battery? I would start with a load test on the batteries. One bad cell in a battery can drain the whole battery bank.
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Are you shure it is a battery drain and not a bad battery? I would start with a load test on the batteries. One bad cell in a battery can drain the whole battery bank.
Thanks! RV dealership said they did that and battery was ok.....!!??
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How long has this been going on? Is this new or always happened (or don't really know)? I know you checked the lights but maybe have another look at the cargo lights and any underhood lights. I had a pinswitch fail and the light in my utility bay stayed on with the hatch closed. However, it took about 3 days to run the bats down. That's a huge draw you are describing (runs down in a few hours) ... typically, headlights will last that long.
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