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Old 01-12-2015, 01:16 AM   #1
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Will dead batteries stop everything?

When I got my RW 2 months ago I knew that I was going to have to work on the battery disconnect. My batteries were almost dead after only three days after a full charge (yes, everything was off and battery disconnect was turned off). I decided I would get a solar battery charger. Today I was going to hook up my RW go to a large parking lot and do some practicing backing up (my first 5th wheel). I was stoked, had my orange cones and was ready. I figured I would charge up my batteries while I was out driving my RW, and after I was done I would hook up my solar charger and hope it would keep my batteries charged.
That didn't happen. I knew my batteries were dead, but I thought when I hooked up my truck to the RW things would work. Nothing, no lights, no jacks, nothing; even after running my truck for over 30 minutes. My running lights came on, so power was getting through, and the last time my batteries were very weak; hooking up my truck was all I needed to work the slides and lights.
Should I expect this if my batteries are completely dead? If so, I guess I am going to have to take my batteries out bring them home and charge them up take them back and hope the solar charger can keep them charged. What a pain.

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Old 01-12-2015, 03:06 AM   #2
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ya that's not right. Better get a test light and start tracing out from the batteries. By plugging into the truck, everything should come on, unless the truck itself is not providing output.

The running lights aren't necessarily a good indicator that you are sending charging voltage out to the Redwood. There are fuses in the truck that aren't necessarily installed at the factory for trailers.
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Old 01-12-2015, 03:37 AM   #3
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Even when I had the cheep delivery battery and it was completely dead....when I hooked the truck up, I could move the slides.

You may have a bad battery that is sucking the juice.
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Old 01-12-2015, 03:45 AM   #4
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If you let the batteries go that dead the truck may not be able to put out enough to do anything
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Old 01-12-2015, 04:05 AM   #5
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Battery

If one of your batteries has a dead cell it will bleed off any voltage being put back into the batteries.
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Old 01-12-2015, 02:03 PM   #6
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I'm sure you checked but is it possible that you didn't throw the batt disconnect switch back on? What you are describing is consistent with the switch being left off.
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Old 01-13-2015, 01:52 AM   #7
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Follow up

Talked to the service department today and they said that if the batteries are completely dead there may not be enough power getting through to run things. He also said that this is a common problem, and recommended that I should disconnect the batteries to prevent the drain. The one battery disconnect that is already in the RW only disconnects some of the power, not all of it, as many of us already know. So, I am going to look at adding another battery disconnect and ensure "all" power is off. Plus I picked up a solar battery charger, and after fully charging the batteries I will hook it up and see if it can keep the batteries charged.
I am also going to check the fuses in my truck to ensure there is no problem there.
Thanks for everyone's input.

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Old 01-13-2015, 02:11 AM   #8
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I think more people need to let Redwood know that they are not happy with the way battery cutoff switch is wired. There is no reason why the battery should be drained when the switch is off. Tell me what good the switch is if it doesn't shut off the battery completely. When I was at the Service Center in May, one of my issues was that switch. The Service Manager couldn't understand why the switch is wired the way it was either. They said that the engineers were afraid of someone hitching up and going down the road without emergency brakes because they forgot to turn on the switch. I explained it made more sense to have everything cutoff when the switch was off which would require me to turn it on to even work the hydraulic level up system to hitch the fifth wheel up. They finally agreed and rewired it for me. They said that they would probably start wiring all the units at the factory that way but obviously that hasn't happened. I turn off my switch now and my battery does not drain at all. They should be able to tell you how to rewire it. Why should you have to purchase an additional cutoff switch when you already have one that is made for that?
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Old 01-13-2015, 02:23 AM   #9
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I think more people need to let Redwood know that they are not happy with the way battery cutoff switch is wired. There is no reason why the battery should be drained when the switch is off. Tell me what good the switch is if it doesn't shut off the battery completely. When I was at the Service Center in May, one of my issues was that switch. The Service Manager couldn't understand why the switch is wired the way it was either. They said that the engineers were afraid of someone hitching up and going down the road without emergency brakes because they forgot to turn on the switch. I explained it made more sense to have everything cutoff when the switch was off which would require me to turn it on to even work the hydraulic level up system to hitch the fifth wheel up. They finally agreed and rewired it for me. They said that they would probably start wiring all the units at the factory that way but obviously that hasn't happened. I turn off my switch now and my battery does not drain at all. They should be able to tell you how to rewire it. Why should you have to purchase an additional cutoff switch when you already have one that is made for that?
Rick,
Good point. I plan to take my RW in to have a few items fixed soon, when I do I will ask them to rewire my cut off switch. You wouldn't happen to know how they rewired it?
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Old 01-13-2015, 02:41 AM   #10
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Isn't that weird they recommend you disconnect the batteries! Normally you would install a battery shutoff to do just that!
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