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Old 12-25-2015, 12:15 PM   #29
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The breakaway switch was out/unplugged for ~18 hours. Is there something specific I should look for on the brakes before I pull out of this parking lot at the end of the weekend?

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What Lewster said in post prior to mine.
(he must have faster typing fingers than me ;-)
When you hook up to leave, check the brakes as you pull away. Even if you have brakes, it does not mean all wheels have brakes. Each magnet should be checked separately. The only way I would be comfortable (if it were me) would be to jack up each wheel, spin it manually, then apply the brakes to see if it stops the wheel.

edit: another option would be to apply the brakes on sand/dirt to see if they lock/slide and leave skid tracks.
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Old 12-25-2015, 12:15 PM   #30
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While the refrigerator will not run on the inverter, or 12 volt, it will keep checking to see if 120 volt is available while in auto mode. I use auto when moving between locations with shore power, but manually switch to manual gas mode when boon docking. I have been told by my dealer that the electrical consumption of the refrigerator is noticeable higher in auto mode.
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Old 12-25-2015, 12:19 PM   #31
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Ah, the real problem.

I accidentally pulled my break away switch pin and the brakes were on for 3 days. There was no damage to the magnets and they were powered full time. The trailer was plugged into line power, and the converter/charger kept the batteries up.

I doubt that you damaged anything in the brakes.
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Old 12-25-2015, 12:28 PM   #32
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don't forget to check to see it the storage compartment lights and dump valve light are on. it is easiest to check at night.
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Old 12-25-2015, 12:30 PM   #33
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When driving will the car's battery power the fridge? Not sure what setting to put the fridge on while driving.
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Old 12-25-2015, 12:39 PM   #34
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Every RV-er should have one of these on board:
7 Function Multimeter
Super cheap, yet reads the higher amperage loads that more expensive meters won't. Putting this in-line with your fused circuits will tell you where the offending power-draw is!
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Old 12-25-2015, 01:33 PM   #35
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Best bet is that the refrigerator thinks it has AC - manually switch to propane. Water heater would do it too. The furnace will run all night without running the batteries down to zip and your interior LED lights don't draw that much.
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Old 12-25-2015, 01:35 PM   #36
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Do they have 3 way refrigerators now? I was under the impression that only gas/AC was offered.
My previous Hi-Lo had a three way Dometic 'Fridge, that worked rather well, except when the 'thermister' crapped out as it occasionally did.

My new Airstream is a two way AC/Propane that seems to work pretty well too.
I'm kinda nervous though, about driving with the propane on to keep the 'fridge going.
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Old 12-25-2015, 02:02 PM   #37
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When driving will the car's battery power the fridge? Not sure what setting to put the fridge on while driving.
We keep ours on 'auto' so it can switch back and forth as needed.

Some 12 volt is provided through the umbilical cord to the trailer's batteries. The fridge takes its 12 volt power from the batteries to power the LP igniter and circuit board, not a whole lot. The fridge is actually running on propane. You can go several days on battery power for the fridge's needs. The TV will provide some charge for the batteries but it's best to start with them being fully charged.
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Old 12-25-2015, 02:23 PM   #38
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Battery problems

I had the same problem on my 2015 Flying Cloud. Turns out it was a damaged battery. Probably happened when plugged into shore power with the master switch set to "Use". In this mode the battery receives a constant 13.8V charge, enough to fry it if left on too long (a day or two). The Parallax charger that Airstream installs does not regulate charge voltage as the battery charges. To make matters worse, the batteries supplied by Airstream only carry a one year warranty.

Disconnect and check each battery. A defective battery will quickly lose its charge even without load and show significantly lower voltage than a good battery.

Replacement chargers are available that do regulate the voltage so the batteries cannot be overcharged. Not sure why the factory does not use one of them.
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Old 12-25-2015, 04:19 PM   #39
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While the refrigerator will not run on the inverter, or 12 volt, it will keep checking to see if 120 volt is available while in auto mode. I use auto when moving between locations with shore power, but manually switch to manual gas mode when boon docking. I have been told by my dealer that the electrical consumption of the refrigerator is noticeable higher in auto mode.
Amsterdamer, I suspect that your dealer meant that when you are connected to shore power, and the fridge is in auto mode, it will actually use electricity from shore power vs. LP to cool and hence it is using more electricity than if it was in gas only mode whether or not you are plugged into shore power. On the other hand, if he/she meant that you will use more electricity when on auto mode vs. gas only when NOT plugged into shore power (i.e., using the 12 volts from the battery to power the computer) he/she does not know what he/she is talking about.
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@tsunami: Ah, this is a good catch: I had pulled the breakaway wire and taken it with me while I was out running errands. I assumed it was a nice little way to keep someone from messing with the cord while I was away. I didn't realize it would draw down the battery -- I've put the pin back in now.
Four words.... Read the Owners Manual.

...as noted, a thorough check of the brake system is strongly advised.

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On an outside chance, check to make sure that the plunger for the emergence brake break-away, on the hitch is still plugged in. If by chance that it's out, it will drain the batteries quickly.
As well as damage your electric brakes if the breakaway is activated overlong, it should be noted.
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Old 12-25-2015, 08:37 PM   #42
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antenna booster

If you use the booster for the conventional antenna, it will pull the batteries down in a hurry.
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