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Old 05-11-2017, 06:30 PM   #43
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My coach batteries are dead. Is it normal to have to disconnect the cables to even get the charger to start? I have one of the batteries charging now.
Were the house batteries disconnected during storage or can you hook up shore power during storage? Did you measure the batteries at their terminals or somewhere else in the circuit? House batteries will be drawn down by phantom drains like radio presets, detectors, thermostat, etc. Even a battery disconnect doesn't 100% prevent drains. With disconnect on, remove battery cable and bridge the gap with an ohmmeter. You'll then know how much is being drained when 'disconnected.'

Disconnecting cables to get the charger to 'start' sounds like a dirty or bad connection somewhere. I'd remove, clean, and re-attach each cable, including ground connections.
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These were both new 2 months ago when I purchased the rv. I'll probably try cleaning up the grounds.Click image for larger version

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Those are 6 volt batteries hook in series to get 12volts If they are not on some kind of charger they will drain down in a week if the battery disconnect switch was left on.
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Those are 6 volt batteries hook in series to get 12volts If they are not on some kind of charger they will drain down in a week if the battery disconnect switch was left on.
Why would they? My 98 Daybreak only had 1 12 volt battery but it stayed up weeks at a time . My Dolphin has 2 6 volt batteries and they don't run down with the disconnect on. It has been unplugged for a month and still has power.
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I think this weekend I need to clean up all the grounds and remove the batteries and charge them while I'm doing it.
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Why would they? My 98 Daybreak only had 1 12 volt battery but it stayed up weeks at a time . My Dolphin has 2 6 volt batteries and they don't run down with the disconnect on. It has been unplugged for a month and still has power.
Depends on the load. At the moment PapaJ has no idea what is drawing down his batteries. I am running equipment that bypasses the relay that shuts off the batteries from the house.
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I think this weekend I need to clean up all the grounds and remove the batteries and charge them while I'm doing it.
The terminals look clean already. Did you pick up a multimeter? Did you check volts on batteries?
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Yes I did and both batteries are dead.
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Going to clean up the chassis ground and see if it will charge. As it sits the charger won't start unless the cables are disconnected.
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Going to clean up the chassis ground and see if it will charge. As it sits the charger won't start unless the cables are disconnected.
Do you have a 6 volt charger you can plug into 120 volt outlet near the MH? If not I would take the batteries out and put them on a 6 volt charger and see if you can bring them up to a full charge.
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Do you have a 6 volt charger you can plug into 120 volt outlet near the MH? If not I would take the batteries out and put them on a 6 volt charger and see if you can bring them up to a full charge.


Yes I have one and I am going to do that while I clean up the chassis ground and other connections.there are also some splices right by the battery on the smaller wires I'm wondering if could be corroded.
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Looking at the picture you have some wires that are above the right battery. What are they connected to ? They are a red and white wire.
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The picture is actually upside down so those go toward the power step which does work. They have a splice in them and there are others not visible in the picture that I believe are spliced with tape around them.
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What was the volt reading on the batteries when you said they were dead? What kind of charger are you talking about that doesn't work until cables are disconnected? Is it a converter/charger, inverter/charger, or just a straight 12v battery charger?
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