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RE: Battery Replacement Assistance

Troubleshooting parasitic draw is usually in how you connect the test leads to the meter. For the amount of draw you are dealing with you can just run the trailer power right through the meter. Your meter should come with a basic instruction sheet for how to use the test functions. If not or if it's confusing, post us the make and model and we can help. So when testing for parasitic draw, do I connect the multimeter to the battery? If there's parasitic draw how do you know which device it is coming from?
jawsthemeswimming428 02/17/20 05:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Battery Replacement Assistance

I'm getting a multimeter to troubleshoot possible parasitic draw. How do I go about doing this? Is there a good resource to use? If I went with the 2 6v is there anything else that needs to be done to accommodate other than wiring them in tandem? You need one additional wire to hook the 6 volts in series. Icing on the cake but not required are 2 new 6 volt battery boxes and POSSIBLY a new charger. Link to 6 volt battery box Link to a battery cable And a strap to make adding and removing the 6 volts a heck of a lot easier. Link Our current setup lasts less than 24 hours with the fridge, on demand water pump, and minimal lights. I think we were given a bum battery by the dealer when we originally purchased. It tested fine but we’ve had nothing but issues. Maybe it is parasitic draw? Or something else? I’m not too handy with electrical. Is there an easy way to troubleshoot this? You mentioned the fridge, water pump and lights. If that is all the power draw that you are aware of then yes the battery should last a few days and you have something else drawing down the power. If however you are also running the furnace then that is your big draw. Typically people figure one night of furnace for one battery. So if you have two batteries you should get two nights of furnace. Of course the real determining factor in battery longevity is how warm you set the furnace at night. If it's set for 73 degrees your going to drain the battery a lot faster than if it was set to 63 degrees. The 2 x 6v setup sounds nice, but we only use it once a year. My TT is a 2016 and does have LED lights. We definitely don’t need the furnace on battery. If your trailer is a 2016 there's a decent chance you already have a 3 stage charger. Did you get any paperwork with the trailer, maybe an owners manual for the power center with all the fuses and circuit breakers in it? that will probably give at least a model number that we can look up to help you out. As far as troubleshooting your battery draw. The easiest way is with a digital multimeter. Even a cheap one $7.99 from harbor Freight (free with the right coupon) will help. If you have or can borrow a meter we can help you use it. And here's a link to a recent battery discussion which has diagrams for hooking up 6 and 12 volt batteries. Link
jawsthemeswimming428 02/13/20 04:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: Battery Replacement Assistance

I am ready to replace my travel trailers factory installed group 24 rv/marine battery. I briefly searched the forum/internet and found a lot of good info but still wanted to post the question with my exact circumstances here. We have a 2016 Forrest River Flagstaff 23LB travel trailer. Most of the time, we camp with shore power. However, there is at least 1 time a year that we camp dry. With the factory group 24 we haven’t been satisfied. Mostly, the 1 time a year we camp dry is in the early fall. We want the ability to use the lights at night (sparingly), the on demand water pump for dishes and showering, and the fridge for a 3 day camping trip. Our fridge will run on propane but from what I’ve read the control board still needs 12v for power. Would a true 12v deep cycle battery accommodate this? If so, what brand/model do people recommend? If not, what other recommendations are there? I know of the 2 x 6v golf cart battery setup but would that be overkill for once a year? I appreciate any help!2x 6v is not overkill and is for many a basic minimum for off-grid camping. Possibly get 2x G27 from Costco/Walmart but you will not save much or anything. Next issue is your charging system. Many trailers have a converter that just does a trickle charge and you lose capacity from chronic undercharging. Post your converter model for best answers. Or the battery is often left to discharge in storage between trips giving permanent capacity loss. Factory stuff generally is not really up to snuff for operating off-grid for more than 18 hours. Sorry for the long delay. I found the info on my battery charger (I think). I looked in the fuse box and found the following model info: WFCO Model WF-8955PEC Hopefully this helps?
jawsthemeswimming428 02/11/20 03:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Battery Replacement Assistance

If I went with the 2 6v is there anything else that needs to be done to accommodate other than wiring them in tandem? You need one additional wire to hook the 6 volts in series. Icing on the cake but not required are 2 new 6 volt battery boxes and POSSIBLY a new charger. Link to 6 volt battery box Link to a battery cable And a strap to make adding and removing the 6 volts a heck of a lot easier. Link Our current setup lasts less than 24 hours with the fridge, on demand water pump, and minimal lights. I think we were given a bum battery by the dealer when we originally purchased. It tested fine but we’ve had nothing but issues. Maybe it is parasitic draw? Or something else? I’m not too handy with electrical. Is there an easy way to troubleshoot this? You mentioned the fridge, water pump and lights. If that is all the power draw that you are aware of then yes the battery should last a few days and you have something else drawing down the power. If however you are also running the furnace then that is your big draw. Typically people figure one night of furnace for one battery. So if you have two batteries you should get two nights of furnace. Of course the real determining factor in battery longevity is how warm you set the furnace at night. If it's set for 73 degrees your going to drain the battery a lot faster than if it was set to 63 degrees. The 2 x 6v setup sounds nice, but we only use it once a year. My TT is a 2016 and does have LED lights. We definitely don’t need the furnace on battery. If your trailer is a 2016 there's a decent chance you already have a 3 stage charger. Did you get any paperwork with the trailer, maybe an owners manual for the power center with all the fuses and circuit breakers in it? that will probably give at least a model number that we can look up to help you out. As far as troubleshooting your battery draw. The easiest way is with a digital multimeter. Even a cheap one $7.99 from harbor Freight (free with the right coupon) will help. If you have or can borrow a meter we can help you use it. And here's a link to a recent battery discussion which has diagrams for hooking up 6 and 12 volt batteries. Link Thanks for the links, I’ll check them out. Correct, there will be no furnace use on battery power. I’ll check when I get home later on the paper work for the power center. If not, where would I find the charger? I’m not sure what/where they are usually located? I’d like to put eyes on it to verify the model number if that’s possible. Sorry for the long delay. I found the info on my battery charger (I think). I looked in the fuse box and found the following model info: WFCO Model WF-8955PEC Hopefully this helps?
jawsthemeswimming428 02/11/20 03:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Battery Replacement Assistance

If I went with the 2 6v is there anything else that needs to be done to accommodate other than wiring them in tandem? You need one additional wire to hook the 6 volts in series. Icing on the cake but not required are 2 new 6 volt battery boxes and POSSIBLY a new charger. Link to 6 volt battery box Link to a battery cable And a strap to make adding and removing the 6 volts a heck of a lot easier. Link Our current setup lasts less than 24 hours with the fridge, on demand water pump, and minimal lights. I think we were given a bum battery by the dealer when we originally purchased. It tested fine but we’ve had nothing but issues. Maybe it is parasitic draw? Or something else? I’m not too handy with electrical. Is there an easy way to troubleshoot this? You mentioned the fridge, water pump and lights. If that is all the power draw that you are aware of then yes the battery should last a few days and you have something else drawing down the power. If however you are also running the furnace then that is your big draw. Typically people figure one night of furnace for one battery. So if you have two batteries you should get two nights of furnace. Of course the real determining factor in battery longevity is how warm you set the furnace at night. If it's set for 73 degrees your going to drain the battery a lot faster than if it was set to 63 degrees. The 2 x 6v setup sounds nice, but we only use it once a year. My TT is a 2016 and does have LED lights. We definitely don’t need the furnace on battery. If your trailer is a 2016 there's a decent chance you already have a 3 stage charger. Did you get any paperwork with the trailer, maybe an owners manual for the power center with all the fuses and circuit breakers in it? that will probably give at least a model number that we can look up to help you out. As far as troubleshooting your battery draw. The easiest way is with a digital multimeter. Even a cheap one $7.99 from harbor Freight (free with the right coupon) will help. If you have or can borrow a meter we can help you use it. And here's a link to a recent battery discussion which has diagrams for hooking up 6 and 12 volt batteries. Link Thanks for the links, I’ll check them out. Correct, there will be no furnace use on battery power. I’ll check when I get home later on the paper work for the power center. If not, where would I find the charger? I’m not sure what/where they are usually located? I’d like to put eyes on it to verify the model number if that’s possible.
jawsthemeswimming428 01/14/20 10:45am Travel Trailers
RE: Battery Replacement Assistance

My recommendation is the 2 6V set up as it gives you the most flexability. However, if your TT is a newer one that has LED lighting and you do not need the furnace 3 nights is not a problem if you use a Group 31 deep cycle battery. The 2 x 6v setup sounds nice, but we only use it once a year. My TT is a 2016 and does have LED lights. We definitely don’t need the furnace on battery. Do you have a recommendation on a good Group 31?
jawsthemeswimming428 01/14/20 08:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Battery Replacement Assistance

So how are you not satisfied with your existing battery setup? Does the battery die before the 3 days are up? We routinely camp in non-electric campsites, and with careful use of power (similar to what you posted - lights used sparingly, refrig on propane, and using water pump), we easily last 3-4 days camping, with battery power left over. Are you sure something else isn't draining your battery? or... as happened to us early in our "camping career", daughter was playing the CD stereo in the camper all day while we were gone... lol! Otherwise, sounds like the 6v batteries are the way to go. We are actually thinking of getting a small generator this year. We find ourselves going to non-electric campgrounds / parks more and more as time goes on. Our current setup lasts less than 24 hours with the fridge, on demand water pump, and minimal lights. I think we were given a bum battery by the dealer when we originally purchased. It tested fine but we’ve had nothing but issues. Maybe it is parasitic draw? Or something else? I’m not too handy with electrical. Is there an easy way to troubleshoot this?
jawsthemeswimming428 01/14/20 08:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Battery Replacement Assistance

Would a true 12v deep cycle battery accommodate this? If so, what brand/model do people recommend? If not, what other recommendations are there? I know of the 2 x 6v golf cart battery setup but would that be overkill for once a year? I appreciate any help! At Costco: One 12V Interstate deep cycle (150ah) - $239 Two 6V Interstate deep cycle (210ah) - $198 If I went with the 2 6v is there anything else that needs to be done to accommodate other than wiring them in tandem?
jawsthemeswimming428 01/14/20 06:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Battery Replacement Assistance

I bought 2 6V golf cart batteries in 2009 and have been using them ever since. I think the fact that they are designed to be deep cycle, and that I rarely run them down much has helped them last so long. I often camp with electricity to plug into, but at least once a year we camp for 5 days with no issues (even better now with LED bulbs in the camper) and for 2 nights in the fall with the furnace. I never expected they would last this long, but I keep the water topped up in them and make sure not to over charge them. Having a good charger/converter in the camper is important to not over charge and also to fully charge them. Thanks for the info. I'll have to check out my battery charger and see if it will suffice or not.
jawsthemeswimming428 01/14/20 05:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Battery Replacement Assistance

A good wal mart deep cycle should do the job, I have two in my rv and can go for a couple days without a problem. just shut things off when your done. p.s. the biggest user of 12v is your furnace it,ll suck a good battery dead in about 6hrs use.on a cold night . might look into a propane heater ,camco olyimpion heater ,might be bad spelling. but there same to use. We definitely don't use the furnace on battery power. Drains too quickly.
jawsthemeswimming428 01/14/20 05:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Battery Replacement Assistance

I am ready to replace my travel trailers factory installed group 24 rv/marine battery. I briefly searched the forum/internet and found a lot of good info but still wanted to post the question with my exact circumstances here. We have a 2016 Forrest River Flagstaff 23LB travel trailer. Most of the time, we camp with shore power. However, there is at least 1 time a year that we camp dry. With the factory group 24 we haven’t been satisfied. Mostly, the 1 time a year we camp dry is in the early fall. We want the ability to use the lights at night (sparingly), the on demand water pump for dishes and showering, and the fridge for a 3 day camping trip. Our fridge will run on propane but from what I’ve read the control board still needs 12v for power. Would a true 12v deep cycle battery accommodate this? If so, what brand/model do people recommend? If not, what other recommendations are there? I know of the 2 x 6v golf cart battery setup but would that be overkill for once a year? I appreciate any help!2x 6v is not overkill and is for many a basic minimum for off-grid camping. Possibly get 2x G27 from Costco/Walmart but you will not save much or anything. Next issue is your charging system. Many trailers have a converter that just does a trickle charge and you lose capacity from chronic undercharging. Post your converter model for best answers. Or the battery is often left to discharge in storage between trips giving permanent capacity loss. Factory stuff generally is not really up to snuff for operating off-grid for more than 18 hours. Not sure where to find my converter? I'll have to look around and get back to you. During the winter, my battery is on a trickle charger and during season it's usually plugged in to shore power.
jawsthemeswimming428 01/14/20 05:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Battery Replacement Assistance

I do have room for 2 batteries. There is currently one battery box for my group 24 but there is an empty spot on the rack next to it that looks like it accomodates another similar battery. How much would a 2 x 6v or 2 x 12v setup cost (ball park)? I'd rather not do a generator since I don't like when other people use them either (don't need the noise camping in the woods). I don't really have a spare battery that I'd want to bring to do that with the jumper cables. My trailer says it's solar ready but I think when I've looked before that is only 1/3 the battle. There are still a lot more costs. Appreciate all the suggestions.
jawsthemeswimming428 01/13/20 01:09pm Travel Trailers
Battery Replacement Assistance

I am ready to replace my travel trailers factory installed group 24 rv/marine battery. I briefly searched the forum/internet and found a lot of good info but still wanted to post the question with my exact circumstances here. We have a 2016 Forrest River Flagstaff 23LB travel trailer. Most of the time, we camp with shore power. However, there is at least 1 time a year that we camp dry. With the factory group 24 we haven’t been satisfied. Mostly, the 1 time a year we camp dry is in the early fall. We want the ability to use the lights at night (sparingly), the on demand water pump for dishes and showering, and the fridge for a 3 day camping trip. Our fridge will run on propane but from what I’ve read the control board still needs 12v for power. Would a true 12v deep cycle battery accommodate this? If so, what brand/model do people recommend? If not, what other recommendations are there? I know of the 2 x 6v golf cart battery setup but would that be overkill for once a year? I appreciate any help!
jawsthemeswimming428 01/13/20 12:39pm Travel Trailers
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