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Old 04-24-2013, 09:03 PM   #1
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OK, so my solar shows the batteries at 13.4 volts and the "Test" pad shows fully charged, BUT, I have no battery power. What do I need to look at?? At first, I thought my batteries were shot since I let them get a little dry this past winter and they are almost 5 years old. Thanks for any assistance.

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turn on the battery disconnect switch by the gaucho.
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:24 PM   #3
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turn on the battery disconnect switch by the gaucho.
What is and where is the "gaucho"??
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i'm not sure about the sileout but on mine, open the drawer under the couch an the switch is on the left side near the 12v fuse panel or under the corner table next to the couch on some models.



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Old 04-24-2013, 09:46 PM   #6
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I found it and it was just behind the couch below the fuse panal. It was already in the "on" position but I switched it off and on. We are hooked up to 30 amp at a campground so I won't know if it is really working until tomorrow when I leave. I'm not working in the dark tonight, but will report any success in the AM. Thanks so far for the info.
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5 year old batteries which "got a little dry" are most likely shot. They can show a voltage which indicates they are charged, but in fact have virtually no capacity.

I think that most likely you are going to need new batteries.
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An open cell can show voltage, but carry no load. If you are set on trying to keep the 5 year old batteries, take them out and have them load tested before pulling your hair out. Otherwise, replace them (they usually only last 3 years at most).
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5 year old batteries which "got a little dry" are most likely shot. They can show a voltage which indicates they are charged, but in fact have virtually no capacity.

I think that most likely you are going to need new batteries.
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An open cell can show voltage, but carry no load. If you are set on trying to keep the 5 year old batteries, take them out and have them load tested before pulling your hair out. Otherwise, replace them (they usually only last 3 years at most).
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Yes, I am headed to Costco today to make the purchase. Many thanks for all of the advice.
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5 year old batteries which "got a little dry" are most likely shot. They can show a voltage which indicates they are charged, but in fact have virtually no capacity.

I think that most likely you are going to need new batteries.
Absolutely correct. Bad Batteries show voltage when they are being charged and even when they are sitting there with no load. Put a load on them and voltage goes down to zero.
If modern batteries use water, they are being overcharged, most likely by the stock, single stage battery fryer in your Airstream.
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As it turned out, my old batteries were from Jan. 2005, so they were due for a change. After 1 hour installed the solar panel shows 13.9 volts. I think I am fixed. Interstate 30 month marine.rv batteries were 81.99. Not as cheap as Wallyworld Johnson's but if they last another 8 years, I won't complain. Thanks for all that assisted and commented, I really appreciate it.

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Old 04-27-2013, 08:20 PM   #13
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What happens if I have a solar panel and I do the battery disconnect. Any harm to the solar panel or the connection?

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the solar panels will stay connected but all the 12v lines will be disconnected except the lp detector, break-away switch and possibly the tongue jack.

the panels will only charge when needed.
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