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Old 02-02-2015, 09:45 PM   #1
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I just bought this RV and love it but I have 2 problems. I charge up my new batteries with the external power. After a week the batteries go dead. Is there a way to disconnect the batteries when there not being used? The other problem is fuel is very slow. Any advise would be appreciated.
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Good luck with finding a solution.
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Old 02-02-2015, 10:30 PM   #3
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1. The batteries may be worn out and need to be changed. Take them to most auto parts stores and they will load test them. I bought our at Costco.

The slow fueling is most likely caused by a kink in the vent hose. Look under the Mh where the fuel cap is. There are two hoses, one large hose for adding gas the other small hose is the vent. If the vent hose (small) is lower than the gas hose (large) or has a dip in it the gas won't flow properly. Mine had a slight dip in the vent hose and it took forever to add gas. I loosened one end of the hose and move it so it was completely level and also loosened the clamps and raised the vent hose above the fill hose and I can add gas at full speed.

Hope that helps.

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Old 02-02-2015, 10:40 PM   #4
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Sorry Morris, i just noticed you said "new batteries".

When you're plugged in are the batteries being charged? Have you checked it with a volt meter? Is the inverter on? There is a 'disconnect' switch on the left as you enter the Mh., that should disconnect the battereies from the system.
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Old 02-02-2015, 11:56 PM   #5
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I believe the "Disconnect" switch by the entry door only disconnects the "House" batteries. Recently installed a "Knife Blade" disconnect on the chassis battery which solved by battery drain problem. Unfortunately, you cannot "Disconnect" the various drains on the chassis battery without a separate switch.


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Old 02-03-2015, 08:24 AM   #6
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After following Belgian's advice with the vent hose, if it still takes on fuel slowly, use your jacks to lift the rear of the coach before fueling. Some gas station ramps are gently sloped away from the pumps, causing gravity to be your enemy.

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I have an 05 on a 04 chassis. The fueling is slow because of the many bends in the fueling tube. The disconnect switch does not disconnect the CO2 or the propane detectors. that being said these shouldn't run the house batteries down in a week.
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Old 02-07-2015, 06:33 AM   #8
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On the batteries, I installed two knife blade switches and corrected the problem, It sounds like you are draining faster than I was, but for the cost I would do that first.. Switches were about $30 each at Camping World, then a cable from O'Reilly Auto and I now go 6 or 8 weeks between charging up. I could get U a picture later if that would help.
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Old 02-07-2015, 07:21 AM   #9
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If you do a Google search, ( parasitic drain rv ) you will find this is a common problem.
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I had problems with slow fuel filling and always stopping. Also the fuel nozzle was was difficult to insert in the filler pipe because of the angle of the filler pipe. I found the factory had used too much length of rubber hoses that connect to the filler pipe assembly causing a kink into smaller air hose and the poor filler assembly angle. I removed about 3" from both hoses to correct both problems.

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My RV was awful when trying to fill...the pump would continually click off! I checked all the hoses and saw nothing that I could change so I make a point picking a station pump with the front of the RV lower that the rear and if the pump handle is twisted more to the top I have no problem filling.
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My 2004 Seabreeze has both the same problems, if in storage more than a week, I use blade switches the I have installed to disconnect all batteries, house and chassis. Solution for gas fill, same as mentioned, pull in stations to use slopes to keep driver side rear at highest point.
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My gas vent return hose was full of gas, from overfill maybe. I loosened the clamps and pulled one end off the tube and drained about a cup out. Usually filled fine after that. (former Dolphin owner)
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