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Old 06-20-2016, 07:00 PM   #1
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Just picked up our AI Lounge 2013 this past weekend. No issues until today. I hooked up shore yesterday battery fully charged. Drove it 8 miles. 8 hours later the battery is dead. Got home (8 miles back) battery 100% just went out (3 hours) and the CO2 alarm is beeping because of a low battery.

Besides a potential bad battery is something possibly draining the battery that fast?

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Old 06-20-2016, 07:12 PM   #2
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Lots of things could be on to drain the battery. Tank heaters are the biggest power draw. Invertor powering AC (TV's etc.) would draw some. Having propane valve on draws a little. So does the refrig. So does the radio. But none of these will drain good batteries in 3 hours. Start by turning off the main 12V disconnect and making sure the tank heaters are off (on mine they are not run through the main disconnect). Then see how long it takes for batteries to drop. If they drop from fully charged to low in 3 hours you likely have bad batteries. My solution was to be anal about making sure all unnecessary power is off and upgrading to 200 W solar. After doing this I have never dropped below 80% over a 24 hour period. Solar during the day and some driving during the day makes up for 24 hour refrig usage and lights at night.
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Old 06-20-2016, 08:53 PM   #3
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Tank heaters won't come on above 40*F IIRC.
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Old 06-20-2016, 09:02 PM   #4
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Just picked up our AI Lounge 2013 this past weekend. No issues until today. I hooked up shore yesterday battery fully charged. Drove it 8 miles. 8 hours later the battery is dead. Got home (8 miles back) battery 100% just went out (3 hours) and the CO2 alarm is beeping because of a low battery.

Besides a potential bad battery is something possibly draining the battery that fast?

Thanks,
Ken

Check for loose battery connections from the battery all the way to the inverter terminals. A loose terminal can look a lot like a dead battery sometimes. Hit a bump, the battery is fine ... hit a bump, the battery is dead. Good luck.
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Old 06-20-2016, 09:30 PM   #5
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Battery replacement is probably in your future

Soon after we picked up our used 2011 AI last fall, I realized that I failed to do research on the "syndrome" of the house batteries being damaged while sitting on the dealer's lot. We replaced ours within a month of ownership. Knowing what I know now, I would negotiate new house batteries on any used Airstream Interstate. This vehicle is a great roadtrip and tailgate vehicle but boondocking off grid is not one of its innate capabilities without significant solar and battery upgrades.
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Old 06-20-2016, 10:08 PM   #6
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Check for loose battery connections from the battery all the way to the inverter terminals. A loose terminal can look a lot like a dead battery sometimes. Hit a bump, the battery is fine ... hit a bump, the battery is dead. Good luck.
To get to the battery I need to remove the rear seat? That's what I picked up on searching the forums. The owners manual is worthless.

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Old 06-20-2016, 10:57 PM   #7
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To get to the battery I need to remove the rear seat? That's what I picked up on searching the forums. The owners manual is worthless.

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Easy to remove. 4 bolts under the seat. It helps to recline seat to about 45 degree angle to get to all the bolts. Protag posted on the forum awhile back on the exact details.
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Old 06-21-2016, 08:21 AM   #8
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If you have the Interstate Lounge Ext, then you don't have to remove the seats. Access is though the back on the right hand side (curbside), 5 or 6 little phillips head sheet metal screws on the box.
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If you have the Interstate Lounge Ext, then you don't have to remove the seats. Access is though the back on the right hand side (curbside), 5 or 6 little phillips head sheet metal screws on the box.
I will check that out thank you.
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Same on the 2013 non ext lounge.
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