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Old 06-20-2015, 01:06 PM   #11
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A big battery user is the generator when not on, when I but it back in storage or not hooked up I unhook neg terminal for the generator, seems to help
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Old 06-20-2015, 01:23 PM   #12
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A big battery user is the generator when not on, when I but it back in storage or not hooked up I unhook neg terminal for the generator, seems to help
Middlesb4 - can you explain further? I don't think our on board Onan generator draws anything when not on......

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Old 06-20-2015, 02:01 PM   #13
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I guess the guys at Dutchmen must've gotten gotten mine 'right'.

I've not done anything at all to upgrade my battery bay... I still have/use the original battery that came with the unit... and when I turn the battery disconnect switch located in the basement "OFF", everything is off. I come back 6 weeks later, turn the switch "ON"... and I've got power.

About the only thing that gives trouble after letting the unit sit for long periods w/o power is the pump in the Level-Up hydraulic jack system. It'll begin working, then stop, with a message on the control panel stating LOW POWER. So I have to plug in to the truck for a few minutes and allow the battery to charge a bit before being able to completely raise the jacks.
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Old 06-21-2015, 12:16 AM   #14
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you were correct.....checkek doors about 100 miles into trip....front door woul not unlock.......barely got rear door open... 1 1/3 hrs of runaround by dealer and recorded message on warranty authorization numbet...
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Old 06-21-2015, 01:14 AM   #15
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Middlesb4 - can you explain further? I don't think our on board Onan generator draws anything when not on......

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I have been trying to find the source of battery draining when unit is in storage with out having to completely unplug the battery or really to just figure out how things are wired, but I have found with the battery disconect in the red or off position I can leave it that way for a month or two and come back and have power, but with just the battery in the red or off and the generator still attached to the battery then my battery is worthless. This is non scientific as I can't find a draw from the generator when off but. I am still on the Orem battery and have not upgraded yet, real pain sometimes on the week sauce electrical and single battery on this unit
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Well something is not right (typical Dutchmen workmanship) if our battery disconnect is off (in the red) we do not have power to the generator, nor to put the slide out (which we have learned is a no-no and no longer do that) we have to have the battery disconnect on to start the generator and/or use the slide.....
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Old 05-04-2016, 06:30 PM   #17
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Sorry to say this and mine's a POS. Workmanship seems to be shoddy at best but you don't notice that stuff when looking usually. Too bad as it was not cheap but cheaply made.
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Old 07-31-2016, 11:00 PM   #18
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Welcome and congrats!

We absolutely love our 3818 and haven't had anything to complain about. We made our punchlist after owning it for 4 months and the dealer is taking care of the items. Can say without a doubt it is the best looking and most talked about coach when we are out in the desert or beach.

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Welcome and congrats!

We absolutely love our 3818 and haven't had anything to complain about. We made our punchlist after owning it for 4 months and the dealer is taking care of the items. Can say without a doubt it is the best looking and most talked about coach when we are out in the desert or beach.

Don't pay attention to the trolls. They live in a perfect world clearly...
This forum is clearly the exception to the rule having good, honest, and helpful folks, no trolls that Iíve seen so far. Thatís why I love this site. Many of us have had horrible experiences with poor craftsmanship and poor quality control. Many have also had horrible experiences with the manufacturer and the dealers trying to get these issues corrected. Stating the reality of these things, and expressing the possibility of them happening to others is not trolling, itís giving a real world heads up to new owners. Check everything, donít assume things are OK, and never believe a promise from a dealer unless itís in writing. We share these experiences to inform, and to get input from others who may have had similar experiences, and to vent a bit too. Many new owners have had little to no issues, then there many of us who have had a multitude of major problems, seems like a coin toss.
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Welcome!!! Have the same model as you except it is a 2014. Have used the day lights out of it. Like ALL Rv's they have issues. Truly if you have to take your unit in for every little issue it won't be fun. As mentioned above this is a great forum with many smart and resourceful people. Again other than full timers I don't know really anyone uses their more than my wife and me. We love our unit. We use it for work and when we aren't working we use it for fun. We do lots of boondocking and stay at parks. Even though the unit appears long and big we have gotten into amazingly tight spots. If you enjoy yours half as much as we do you are in great shape.


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