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Old 03-28-2014, 02:30 PM   #1
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Cool Battery Disconnect

I used the battery disconnect switch to turn the battery off when I put the rig in storage; however, the leveling system stayed on and the battery was dead when I picked it up.

Is this normal for the Redwood 2012 36FB?
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Old 03-28-2014, 04:01 PM   #2
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Welcome ! Yes - you've learned what we learned

Question - did you check to see if you have more than one battery ?
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Old 03-28-2014, 06:15 PM   #3
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Yep - typical for many RVs.
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Yep, me too! Thought we were doing something wrong after turning off the the battery disconnect switch only to find the batteries dead again when taking the Rig out of shortage. I have to find a resolution to this problem! Whatever the draw is I can't seem to find it. Short of physically removing the cables off the batteries I don't know what else to do. Your thoughts would be most appreciated.
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Yep, me too! Thought we were doing something wrong after turning off the the battery disconnect switch only to find the batteries dead again when taking the Rig out of shortage. I have to find a resolution to this problem! Whatever the draw is I can't seem to find it. Short of physically removing the cables off the batteries I don't know what else to do. Your thoughts would be most appreciated.
Small things like a light that was left on could do that? (Things you don't think about). Fantastic Fan on, or other things on auto?
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That is a big draw Jellystone. I've left mine for a couple of months without disconnected the cables (but I did over winter).

You can start to narrow it down by removing a battery cable and putting a voltmeter between the cable and battery. It should read ~12V with everything off if you have a draw. Start pulling fuses until it goes away. Some may be normal like the CO2 monitor, but once you get it isolated to the specific circuit or two you can focus on that. You can also put a cheap ammeter on the battery cable (inductive type) with the cables hooked up and do the same thing with the fuses to find out what it pulling such high amperage.
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Old 03-29-2014, 05:57 AM   #7
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Found parasitic power drain. Gas detector, power for frig, 12v. Buy a low voltage. Current detector. Check each wire, thought I had a problem til I did this. Disconnected certain wires, no issue now.
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I'll start my search Monday as I have the full day to play hide and seek with the Redwood. Thanks for the suggestions and testing methods, hoping it just something simple. Will keep you posted
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I found out this week that our heater is on when the disconnect is off too !

Never had that in an rv... Really wonder what someone at Redwood was thinking if that's intentional ?!?

Had to hook up the truck and let it idle for a few minutes to charge the batteries enough to move the jacks !
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That is really weird. That went past my logic barrier.
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