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Old 04-26-2013, 09:19 AM   #1
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We just bought a new Forest River Rockwood 128S. I thought I understood everything during the walk thru. After we got home and set the camper up in our driveway everything appeared fine. A couple of days later I went to get the bedding ready for our maiden voyage but the battery was dead. Should we be disconnecting the battery while it sits idle in the driveway? Thanks!
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:23 AM   #2
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You might want to invest in a battery minder. It will keep a trickle charge on the battery. Some of the detectors will use a small amount of power, but it shouldn't have gone dead in such a short time.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:27 AM   #3
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The batteries may not have been fully charged, at the dealership, with only parasidic draws they should go a couple of weeks without going dead. Plug the unit in for a few days, now to charge the batteries, and any time the unit is parked for more than a week , either disconnect or plug in.
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While I don't know the exact set up you have, it should probably have some kind of battery disconnect switch that you would turn off for times it isn't in use and you don't have a way to plug it in or keep a battery charger/tender on. That would insure you don't run the batteries down because of appliances and such. You would still have some normal draining of an unused battery but that wouldn't be something that would be a problem several weeks at a time unless the batteries were bad or discharged when the switch was used.
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Welcome to the forum and the lifestyle. You will learn all the fun and sorrow of RV ownership, but this is a great site to have questions answered. Plug in your trailer and after a day or so it should be fully charged. Then check with a volt meter and if it doesn't hold a charge you may need a new battery or talk with the dealer. Spend a night or 2 in the driveway and learn all the systems. Take a note pad and every time you go inside to get something make a note of it. As for stocking the trailer with kitchen ware it may be a good idea to let the DW decide that it's time to replace the household kitchen ware with new and put that old stuff in the trailer. Makes life much easier.
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