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Old 07-14-2015, 12:57 AM   #15
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Things that can take battery power with the USE/STORE switch in Store mode:

1. Propane detector
2. Inverter (if equipped and turned on)
3. Power jack and lights on jack


The propane detector does not take a lot of power, but if left on with connected batteries for a month or more can discharge batteries. I recommend total disconnection of the batteries (negative terminal wires pulled) for storage of over a month, and that assumes the batteries are fully charged when put into storage. My definition of "fully charged" is having been left plugged in in USE position for at least 24 hours with any single or three stage charger.
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Old 07-14-2015, 06:30 AM   #16
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Yes, helpful description.

Also good suggestion on disconnecting negative battery cables for long term storage...
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Old 07-14-2015, 06:42 AM   #17
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Alarms

I would suggest purchase of an individual propane alarm and placing it inside the trailer, especially if you turn off the hard wired detector. These battery powered independent units last a long time, but can prevent a potential disaster should there be a propane leak....tanks on or off.

The other idea is to place a battery tender on the battery when in storage... not always possible I understand, but may be better for the batteries as well.

And, if a CO alarm can be included in the individual unit...better still. Odorless gases such as CO can be deadly, not in immediate death, but in impairment of activity/decision making in small doses. And around trailers we need to be very attentive to what we are doing.
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Old 08-17-2015, 01:38 PM   #18
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I realise the propane alarm does not use a lot of power but I am curious on the battery impact of leaving it on for a week or so. Does anyone know how much of an amp the propane alarm draws?

Thanks Mike
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Old 08-17-2015, 03:39 PM   #19
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On my 2014 FC 20', the propane detector takes 0.06 amp.
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Old 08-17-2015, 05:07 PM   #20
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idroba -- Thanks. I have been trying to isolate a 0.07 draw on the battery in my Basecamp, and I think you found it !
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Old 08-17-2015, 05:16 PM   #21
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The LP detector also seems to alarm the presence of methane, which we found out when our Labrador Retriever slept on the floor with his tail end next to it. His periodic emissions would trip the alarm. One alert, and I'd have to turn him around, and then set up the dinette bed for him.
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Super - Thanks for the amp readings! Two weeks sitting in the storage yard would have a significant hit on the battery.

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I have been trying to reduce/eliminate parasitics for storage with a 15 watt watt solar panel.

The only thing operational with store switch off are:

Brake actuator

Trimetric battery monitor (necessary for solar monitoring) = 30mA when display off

Morningstar controller = 35mA with no function (night)

Converter (LED flashes with no 120v applied, but obviously hooked up to batts) = I can't find how much draw while off in any literature


These are the only things operational that I can find which contribute to my approx. 165mA draw. So I haven't identified about 100mA of draw.

1) does anyone know if the actuator board??? has a parasitic draw?
2) does anyone know how much draw an Iota 55DLS converter has while unplugged from 120V?
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The LP detector also seems to alarm the presence of methane, which we found out when our Labrador Retriever slept on the floor with his tail end next to it. His periodic emissions would trip the alarm. One alert, and I'd have to turn him around, and then set up the dinette bed for him.
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