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Old 06-26-2016, 11:09 PM   #1
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Battery not charging

Hi everyone, I just bought a 2013 model 816Q and love it. I plan to live in it full time in a month or so. I've only had it a week, and have not run any of the things inside, except for just switching on the lights now and then.

So I thought I'd plug it into my garage outlet to make sure the battery is charged, and a week ago, it showed fully charged on the panel.

Now, I have a dead battery, without using anything, and have left it plugged in all day, just checked, still dead. Not even the propane detector light is on.

Can someone help me? When I first brought it home and plugged it in, the fan was running in the converter, but now it does not, unless I turn on two lights.

Without turning on lights, with it plugged in, it doesn't make a sound

Does it take longer then a day to charge this battery? And even I know it shouldn't be dead.

I plan to call the dealer in the morning. They told me the battery is brand new, and it looks it.

I am not that technical, but know I need to learn. If anyone can help out, I sure would appreciate it!!

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Old 06-26-2016, 11:14 PM   #2
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Was it plugged for the week, or just on battery. There are so many voltage drains on the battery it will go dead. You need a battery disconnect switch in the negative cable when you are not plugged in and not using the trailer. My battery went very low in a day and half. Now have two batteries which will let let camp with out plug in for three to four days. Take the battery to an auto parts store and have them check it.
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Old 06-26-2016, 11:23 PM   #3
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Hi Chily, thanks so much. I'm not sure there is a disconnect for the trailer, but I'll ask tomorrow.. IT doesn't make sense to me why it would go dead from not using anything. I plan to do a lot of boondocking, and can't see how this will work .

I appreciate your response, and no, it was not plugged in all week, I had it plugged in all day today. Do you know how long it takes to recharge it from the house? I wonder if this battery is completely gone, which makes no sense to me.

I'll ask the dealer about the disconnect,,
oh, when I have the trailer plugged into the garage, everything works.

I sure hope nothing is wrong with my converter..

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Old 06-27-2016, 12:01 AM   #4
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Barbara,

I think you are on the right track, in the battery being done for. If your planning on doing a lot of boondocking, now would be the time to invest in some battery maintenance gear. Like a tester so you can check the health of the chemistry in each cell, a bulb to fill the cells as the fluid level drops and distilled water. Here's a site that can give you lot's of good info on the 12V system.

If the battery is done for, now is a time to consider going to 2-6V golf cart batteries and solar if you don't already have a panel on the roof.

The fan on the converter coming on when a 12V load is applied would indicate that the converter is working.
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Old 06-27-2016, 12:35 AM   #5
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Thank you HDdecker. I am calling the dealer in the morning. Possibly this battery is not new, and is the original. I'm glad that I'm not ready to leave yet, so I can learn all of this while I have my trailer in my driveway..

I am purchasing a solar kit from Amazon to start out with. I don't plan on using a lot of power, don't watch TV, and will be careful with lights and using power.

Thanks for that info on the converter. I'm still under warranty, as I"ve only had my trailer for a week, ( new to me, it's a 2013) but I sure don't want serious stuff going wrong this early .

This is all new to me, and I need to learn..

Another question? I've been reading about the suggestions for two golf cart batteries. Why would two six volt be better than one twelve volt battery?

Thanks so much
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Old 06-27-2016, 05:23 AM   #6
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Barbara,

Golf cart batteries are "built" with heavier plates that are designed specifically to handle a deeper discharge. Most big box stores that are selling "deep cycle" batteries are really selling you marine/starting batteries, better than your truck battery, but can't handle as deep a discharge as a true deep cycle.
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Old 06-27-2016, 10:22 AM   #7
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Thanks again-

I found a nearby golf supply store and will buy those two batteries. Is it pretty simple to hook them up together?

I appreciate the help!

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Hi Barbara... Looks like Jim has your issues well in hand. I would also suggest if you are going to be using your trailer a lot off grid that you upgrade to LED lighting. That is a huge draw on the batteries that many people over look. Depending on the currently light bulbs and fixtures it may be a $50 or less upgrade.

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Thanks, will do that too!! Maybe just by switching on the lights now and then, I helped kill that battery--

I think this is a good thing, having this happen before I leave. I can get it set up correctly with the golf cart batteries, cut off switch, led lights, and be more prepared.

I appreciate the help

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Old 06-27-2016, 10:55 AM   #10
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There are a lot of items that pull on the battery. Lights, LP detector, stereo, televisions in sleep mode, antenna amplifier, control boards for water heaters and refrigerators, etc. You have to learn where each one is at and where it fits into the grand scheme of things. The amplifier is an easy one to overlook. The LP detector is another one that people often forget about. It is wired direct as a safety feature.

A properly set up solar system and a couple of decent sized batteries will go a long way towards making things behave. Unfortunately most of the RV's sold today are setup with minimal systems and they aren't well documented or explained.

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