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kellem

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Only way to kill an water heater element is to drain the water heater so you should be fine.
But if water heater was drained and switch left on it only takes a second to fry it via AC source.

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NErunner wrote:

K Charles wrote:

There is a lot of stuff running your battery down even when everything is off. Rather plug in the camper to keep the battery charged or disconnect it to keep it from going dead.


Thanks, learned something else today, it does have a battery disconnect plug, I'll just do that between trips.

The battery disconnect switch disconnects most everything from the battery, but not everything. If you will not be plugged in more than a few days then remove the battery ground cable to cut off everything. Or add a new disconnect at the battery itself to make full disconnect easier. Else the battery will discharge.

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BB_TX wrote:

NErunner wrote:

K Charles wrote:

There is a lot of stuff running your battery down even when everything is off. Rather plug in the camper to keep the battery charged or disconnect it to keep it from going dead.


Thanks, learned something else today, it does have a battery disconnect plug, I'll just do that between trips.

The battery disconnect switch disconnects most everything from the battery, but not everything. If you will not be plugged in more than a few days then remove the battery ground cable to cut off everything. Or add a new disconnect at the battery itself to make full disconnect easier. Else the battery will discharge.

I would not suggest doing either of those unless you have a guaranteed way to remember it's disconnected. If you take off down the road with the battery cable disconnected or a switch there you will not have a battery in the system which is required for emergency breakaway. The factory disconnect should leave the brakes intact.

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I only heat water when I need it. Turn off the switch to the water heater when done with it. Plug your trailer back in to your house and let the converter charge the battery and I think you will be fine.


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kellem wrote:

Only way to kill an water heater element is to drain the water heater so you should be fine.
But if water heater was drained and switch left on it only takes a second to fry it via AC source.


Yeah, thanks, I have no idea how to drain the water heater, so I should be OK, I will find out next weekend.

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wnjj wrote:

BB_TX wrote:

NErunner wrote:

K Charles wrote:

There is a lot of stuff running your battery down even when everything is off. Rather plug in the camper to keep the battery charged or disconnect it to keep it from going dead.


Thanks, learned something else today, it does have a battery disconnect plug, I'll just do that between trips.

The battery disconnect switch disconnects most everything from the battery, but not everything. If you will not be plugged in more than a few days then remove the battery ground cable to cut off everything. Or add a new disconnect at the battery itself to make full disconnect easier. Else the battery will discharge.

I would not suggest doing either of those unless you have a guaranteed way to remember it's disconnected. If you take off down the road with the battery cable disconnected or a switch there you will not have a battery in the system which is required for emergency breakaway. The factory disconnect should leave the brakes intact.


During orientation when I got the camper, the guy recommended using the battery disconnect before the off season only (winter). He said the battery should keep charged during the camping season as long as I make sure the 2 fridges (indoor and outdoor) and lights are turned off, which they were, so I'm not sure what is draining my battery.

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NErunner wrote:

wnjj wrote:

BB_TX wrote:

NErunner wrote:

K Charles wrote:

There is a lot of stuff running your battery down even when everything is off. Rather plug in the camper to keep the battery charged or disconnect it to keep it from going dead.


Thanks, learned something else today, it does have a battery disconnect plug, I'll just do that between trips.

The battery disconnect switch disconnects most everything from the battery, but not everything. If you will not be plugged in more than a few days then remove the battery ground cable to cut off everything. Or add a new disconnect at the battery itself to make full disconnect easier. Else the battery will discharge.

I would not suggest doing either of those unless you have a guaranteed way to remember it's disconnected. If you take off down the road with the battery cable disconnected or a switch there you will not have a battery in the system which is required for emergency breakaway. The factory disconnect should leave the brakes intact.


During orientation when I got the camper, the guy recommended using the battery disconnect before the off season only (winter). He said the battery should keep charged during the camping season as long as I make sure the 2 fridges (indoor and outdoor) and lights are turned off, which they were, so I'm not sure what is draining my battery.


Carbon monoxide detector are good at running batteries down.


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pbeverly wrote:

NErunner wrote:

wnjj wrote:

BB_TX wrote:

NErunner wrote:

K Charles wrote:

There is a lot of stuff running your battery down even when everything is off. Rather plug in the camper to keep the battery charged or disconnect it to keep it from going dead.


Thanks, learned something else today, it does have a battery disconnect plug, I'll just do that between trips.

The battery disconnect switch disconnects most everything from the battery, but not everything. If you will not be plugged in more than a few days then remove the battery ground cable to cut off everything. Or add a new disconnect at the battery itself to make full disconnect easier. Else the battery will discharge.

I would not suggest doing either of those unless you have a guaranteed way to remember it's disconnected. If you take off down the road with the battery cable disconnected or a switch there you will not have a battery in the system which is required for emergency breakaway. The factory disconnect should leave the brakes intact.


During orientation when I got the camper, the guy recommended using the battery disconnect before the off season only (winter). He said the battery should keep charged during the camping season as long as I make sure the 2 fridges (indoor and outdoor) and lights are turned off, which they were, so I'm not sure what is draining my battery.


Carbon monoxide detector are good at running batteries down.


OK, it does have one, maybe that's it or I wonder, any chance the dealer gave me a new camper with an old used battery?

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There a couple things that will drain the battery even with everything turned off. As mentioned, the carbon monoxide detector, as well as the radio. Using the battery disconnect switch would completely cut power to those things.

It is possible you got an old battery from the dealer, but most likely no way to tell that.

If you store the trailer at the house, just keep it plugged in or put a trickle charger on the battery to keep it charged.

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My Airstream had 2 phantom drains when the battery was turned off, the propane detector (not the CO detector) and the inverter. I ran a hot wire from an empty place on the fuse board to the propane detector so it would turn off with the factory installed disconnect. I installed a separate disconnect switch on the inverter.


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