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Old 07-07-2015, 12:54 PM   #21
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We're having a problem with the leveling system working. We parked it where we store it and eveything worked fine but we didn't auto level it. We just went back to hook it up for a trip and we can't get any of the jacks to retract. It also has a grinding noise where the hydraulic system and batteries are. Any ideas what that might be? The display says something that includes "4.5 degrees".
I had a similar issue, it may be that the grinding noise is actually a solenoid chattering. I had this happen once and found that there wasn't enough power to properly operate the system. You may want to charge the batts or plug into shore power (or run the genny if you have one) and try again.
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:10 PM   #22
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On our previous trailer ours made the grinding noise and it was when the battery's were dead. Plugged into the truck and they worked fine to lift and get it our of the storage yard. Make sure the truck is out of the way of trailer incase it nose dives
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Old 07-08-2015, 02:02 PM   #23
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If it's been sitting for mor than two weeks, the batteries run or nearly dead.
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If it's been sitting for mor than two weeks, the batteries run or nearly dead.
If the battery disconnect is hooked up properly, the batteries should hold a charge for longer than 2 weeks. If not hooked up properly the batteries will drain in about a week. That's been my experience.
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I had my battery disconnect rewired approximately a year ago and now it works the way it should. When the battery switch is off there is no drain. This has been an issue with the Redwood cutoff switch from day one.
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Old 07-08-2015, 05:16 PM   #26
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We had our battery disconnect switch rewired by our dealer per Redwoods instructions, but the batteries will still lose charge over time. I'm told the carbon monoxide detectors MUST remain on, even with the switch off, which will drain the batteries.
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My battery disconnect has not been rewired, and still powers leveling, slides, and hitch lights when OFF, however I've parked mine for months and always have good battery.

The problem seems to have come in with the residential fridge I think.
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Old 07-08-2015, 06:58 PM   #28
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but I actually turned my fridge off when stored and about 3 days was all it would last....

My guess is more loss from other things.... or maybe just the inverter FOR the fridge is doing it too ????
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Like I said, residential fridge and all the stuff that came with it.
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We had our battery disconnect switch rewired by our dealer per Redwoods instructions, but the batteries will still lose charge over time. I'm told the carbon monoxide detectors MUST remain on, even with the switch off, which will drain the batteries.
Sounds like the re-wire didn't include the main wire going to the circuit board, that would keep the CO detector and possibly the thermostat(s) live, both will drain the batts.

When I re-wired I made sure that that wire was included in the disconnect so that everything was disconnected. I'll bet that the lawyers had some input into Redwood's instructions.

For us folks in the north country a full disconnect is important (and having to play with battery terminals is a hassle). Discharged batteries freeze and crack.
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I don't understand why the carbon monoxide detector would have to stay on. When I'm storing my fifth wheel I'm not using the gas, electric or water. My LP tanks are turned off. I had cutoff rewired to shut everything off and that solved my battery drain issue. I realize the issue is different for each individual and should be rewired based on the owners use or need to have certain thing hot at all times but I can't figure a time that Iwould need anything hot when I'm storing the unit. If I do need anything when in storage I simply turn the switch on and then I have full power from battery. I do not have a residential fridge and the battery drain issue occurred from day 1 on my 2013 31SL. Redwood makes it so difficult to access the batteries that I found it a never ending battle to check and keep the batteries charged. That brings up another issue............couldn't Redwood come up with a better way to put the cover on the battery boxes? Possibly a Velcro strap or some kind of wing nuts? All this removing the screws while on my knees is not baby boomer friendly!!
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Rick and Mindy, the re-wire instructions from Redwood probably are influenced by the lawyers who see a liability issue (somebody shuts off the batts than goes into the trailer to spend the night and are injured/killed by CO or propane).

Not that it would happen to an experienced RVer though.
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I don't understand why the carbon monoxide detector would have to stay on. When I'm storing my fifth wheel I'm not using the gas, electric or water. My LP tanks are turned off. I had cutoff rewired to shut everything off and that solved my battery drain issue. I realize the issue is different for each individual and should be rewired based on the owners use or need to have certain thing hot at all times but I can't figure a time that Iwould need anything hot when I'm storing the unit. If I do need anything when in storage I simply turn the switch on and then I have full power from battery. I do not have a residential fridge and the battery drain issue occurred from day 1 on my 2013 31SL. Redwood makes it so difficult to access the batteries that I found it a never ending battle to check and keep the batteries charged. That brings up another issue............couldn't Redwood come up with a better way to put the cover on the battery boxes? Possibly a Velcro strap or some kind of wing nuts? All this removing the screws while on my knees is not baby boomer friendly!!
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I had the trailer for a month and one of the batteries fried. I replaced both with AGM's and now no longer have to acsess them to add water. Had i kept the old type i would have installed a sliding tray like moreryde makes to put them in. It is to hard on the old knees the way it is set up
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Rick and Mindy, the re-wire instructions from Redwood probably are influenced by the lawyers who see a liability issue (somebody shuts off the batts than goes into the trailer to spend the night and are injured/killed by CO or propane).

Not that it would happen to an experienced RVer though.
I agree, it probably was influenced by some inexperienced individual that decided to sue a manufacturer but when someone pays a great deal of money for an item they should have say in how they want their unit to function. From what I have heard onthis forum, there is no consistency on how the Redwoods are wired which means that Redwood could be liable for any kind of malfunction anyway. The Redwood service
Center is where I had mine rewired so that everything is shut off when the switch is off. I'm shocked to hear now that they will not rewire it that way. Check back with Redwood next month, it may change.
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I don't think having the CO2 detector remain on with the battery switch off is normal. Mine does not stay on with factory wiring.
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I believe the reason for the hot circuits is because of the bedroom slide. I was told that the Schwintek motors are in "neutral" when power is turned off. Theoretically someone could drive off with the disconnect off, go around a turn and the bedroom slide would zip out. I suppose it is possible to hitch up with power from the converter when plugged in to shore power even with the battery disconnect off.
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I've heard that as well, but that would also mean they would pull a draw continuously. I'm just not sure that is correct.
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I thought you had to uncouple the motors to move the slide, not just turn off the power.


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The manual cautions not to move the RV without power connected to the slide and talks about how to block the slide closed.
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The manual cautions not to move the RV without power connected to the slide and talks about how to block the slide closed.
I remember that now. I guess uncoupling the motors was if one froze up.

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