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Old 03-08-2015, 07:55 PM   #1
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Batteries are draining???

2014 31SL. I installed a solar panel battery maintainer and I am only running the fridge, but my batteries keep going down. I unplugged the elect. to the unit 24 hours ago and the solar panel is working but my batteries are showing only 60% full. Could there be something else running in the unit on 12 volt. Any suggestions anyone?
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Old 03-08-2015, 08:24 PM   #2
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I believe the frig & water heater uses 12 volt regardless whether on gas or elec to power circuit board & thermostats & also the lpg/co sensor.
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Forgot to mention those items should be minimal draw on your batteries.
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Two kinds of Redwood owners !

those that have had their batteries drained and
those that haven't discovered that the battery disconnect does NOT disconnect

there are vampire draws throughout the rw...
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Until you have the cutoff switch rewired your batteries will probably drain down within 1 week or 2 even with the cutoff switch turned off. JohnBoy is right!!
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that might be for the residential fridges. Mine goes two months at a time, and it has never drained down, nor have I rewired it yet. I'm still hot at the leveling, slides, and front hitch lights at the very least, with the switch off.

The only time I actually pull cables is when we do final storage in the winter.
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I probably need to clarify my situation. I need to store my unit for about 4 days this summer and I need to keep the refrigerator on while I drive home to pick up my grandson. I don't want to have to unload the refrigerator while we leave our unit in storage. I do have a solar panel battery maintainer installed but i am not sure if it is keeping up with the battery usage.
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that might be for the residential fridges. Mine goes two months at a time, and it has never drained down, nor have I rewired it yet. I'm still hot at the leveling, slides, and front hitch lights at the very least, with the switch off.

The only time I actually pull cables is when we do final storage in the winter.
Brad, I think you might be one of the few that maybe had your cutoff wired in such a way that your batteries don't drain. Why? Who knows. It seems most have a battery draining issue from day one. It seems to be a fairly easy fix though.
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Two kinds of Redwood owners !

those that have had their batteries drained and
those that haven't discovered that the battery disconnect does NOT disconnect

there are vampire draws throughout the rw...
Yep, installed an additional dual battery cut off switch today.
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Another issue I have as well with this "quality" rig. Rewiring the cutoff switch?? Can someone elaborate on this??? Thxs.
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