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Old 04-18-2019, 04:16 PM   #1
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Dead Batteries on eve of maiden voyage

Newbie here, taking off tomorrow for first trip in our FC 25. Since we took delivery, she has been stored offsite at an inside storage facility for about 5 weeks. Went to fetch her today and batteries were dead, even though I had the battery disconnect switch on 'store.'
I hope I am correct that once we hook up to shore power, the batteries will recharge since they did not freeze (hand cranking gets old quick). I am surprised that the LP sensor could run down the batteries in only 5 weeks - is this normal?
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Old 04-18-2019, 04:24 PM   #2
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Yes it could do it. If you are storing without hpokups you need to disconnect your batteries or get a disconnect switch such as those bt Blue Sea
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Old 04-18-2019, 04:26 PM   #3
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Yes...unfortunately it happens all too often.
A battery isolation switch will stop the parasitic draw.
You can also remove the neg cables.

Charge your batteries fully, test or have them tested and replace if needed. If they test bad Interstate will pro rate them if the dealer is no help.

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Old 04-18-2019, 05:29 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies, I don't expect that she'll be alone for more than three weeks through October, but I'll go ahead and remove the cable during those periods.
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Old 04-18-2019, 06:44 PM   #5
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Haven't you owned your trailer only a few months? If your dealer stored the trailer prior to delivery, perhaps they did not store properly and damaged the batteries before you got them. It happens often.

If this is the case, I would ask the dealer to make them good.
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Old 04-18-2019, 06:46 PM   #6
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I installed a small 10w solar panel on the lid of the propane tank. If you are storing indoors, that wonít help any. If you do need to replace, consider upgrading to AGM for the hassle free maintenance. Still need to charge, but donít need to deal with water levels and such.
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Dealer storage

Thanks Alan, that's a great point. It's a 2018 that undoubtedly sat on the lot for months and months until I took delivery in March (can't put my finger on the dealer delivery date at the moment.) I'll definitely take this up with them.
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When you hook up the cord to the tow vehicle, the jack should work after a moment or two, even though the batteries are dead. Keep the engine running.
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Thanks - I did plug the 7-way in with TV running for awhile and still nothing. Probably a blown fuse, it happened the first time I used it but I didn't think to replace it this time. I will do that tomorrow.
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Newbie here, taking off tomorrow for first trip in our FC 25. Since we took delivery, she has been stored offsite at an inside storage facility for about 5 weeks. Went to fetch her today and batteries were dead, even though I had the battery disconnect switch on 'store.'
I hope I am correct that once we hook up to shore power, the batteries will recharge since they did not freeze (hand cranking gets old quick). I am surprised that the LP sensor could run down the batteries in only 5 weeks - is this normal?
Thanks!
They are probably gone south...no bigge...install new ones....or try to charge
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Make sure you have the correct type of fuse, a slow blow/time delay fuse, not just a regular quick acting 30 amp fuse. There should be a part number for the fuse in the jack pamphlet that should have been included with the documents the dealer supplied at the time of purchase.
NAPA usually has these fuses.
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Probably "lot rot" plus parasitic draw-down to zip . . . suggest two new matching batteries either under warranty or your own dime.

Baptism by fire . . . sorry to say.

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Old 04-18-2019, 09:45 PM   #13
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Make sure you have the correct type of fuse, a slow blow/time delay fuse, not just a regular quick acting 30 amp fuse. There should be a part number for the fuse in the jack pamphlet that should have been included with the documents the dealer supplied at the time of purchase.
NAPA usually has these fuses.
Our local NAPA does FWIW.

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I installed a small 10w solar panel on the lid of the propane tank. If you are storing indoors, that wonít help any. If you do need to replace, consider upgrading to AGM for the hassle free maintenance. Still need to charge, but donít need to deal with water levels and such.


Hi Prettygood, I really like your idea. If you donít mind sharing, would you please provide some more details about this 10W solar panel? What was the actual product and how did you mount it?
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