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Old 02-12-2016, 05:10 PM   #43
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You are only charging your batteries when the switch is in USE mode and you are connected to grid power.

Also, while you are towing, but only if your tow vehicle is set up right. Contrary to what has been said in one of the posts above, the USE/STORE switch does not change the tow vehicle charging.
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Old 02-12-2016, 11:02 PM   #44
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You are only charging your batteries when the switch is in USE mode and you are connected to grid power.

Also, while you are towing, but only if your tow vehicle is set up right. Contrary to what has been said in one of the posts above, the USE/STORE switch does not change the tow vehicle charging.

Then there is absolutely NO reason that it should be called "store" mode. The relabeling shall begin!
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Old 02-13-2016, 07:37 AM   #46
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Then there is absolutely NO reason that it should be called "store" mode. The relabeling shall begin!

The switch does not change the charging of the tow vehicle, but it does not allow the trailer to charge the batteries if in the OFF position.

From your picture in the last post when my switch is in use the light is red. When it's in store mode it's clear.
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From your picture in the last post when my switch is in use the light is red. When it's in store mode it's clear.

Right. That's a black and white photo that appears to have the light on.
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I'm a newbie with a 2016 Bambi. I'm not an electrician. Most times I can't spell the word. Anyway here is my issue. My AS is parked right next to my business so every morning I go out and plug in a Solar panel and charger I got from Renogy. I charges most of the day at around 30 watts and somewhere between 11.5 and 13 volts. At the end of the day my battery readout says I have 12.6 to 12.8-9 volts which I understand is full charge. The next morning I come in and check the voltage and it has dropped to the low 12s or high 11s. This seems weird to me. I have been told not to run it below 11.6 so it's almost discharged every am. Everything I can find to turn off is off except propane detector. Is this normal or does anyone think I have a leak or short or whatever. All help appreciated. Thanks
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Putting a batteryMinder on my batteries tomorrow because of these issues.
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Old 03-19-2016, 10:00 PM   #50
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UPDATE: De-winterized and went on the first trip. Batteries were so dead I had to hook up the umbilical just to get the power Jack to raise. After a two hour drive, batteries back to 12 and holding steady. Returned to storage and went back a week later to check... 11.9v. Go figure! So great to be on the road again.
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UPDATE: De-winterized and went on the first trip. Batteries were so dead I had to hook up the umbilical just to get the power Jack to raise. After a two hour drive, batteries back to 12 and holding steady. Returned to storage and went back a week later to check... 11.9v. Go figure! So great to be on the road again.
Are you batteries the original ones, and are they still under warranty? You might consider asking the dealer for replacement batteries IMO, if the facts warrant.
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I might ask. They're holding a charge now though so I would guess a bench test would reveal them to be in fine condition and unwarranteeable. (If that's a word).
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Old 03-20-2016, 09:07 PM   #53
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After charging, leave one cable unhooked until you need to use, you will know if battery are goog.. My batteries will go south in about 1.5 weeks...
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I don't think I've ever touched something electrical and not gotten shocked. It's a risk / reward thing!
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Old 03-20-2016, 10:27 PM   #55
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You need a battery disconnect switch to kill the parasitic drain when you store the coach. The marine supply stores sell them. Pat
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I notice a lot of late-model owners are reluctant to keep the battery in "use" (ON or Charging) mode when stored and hooked up to shore power.
If your Airstream is a later model (mine is a 2008) it is likely equipped with a multi-stage power supply and will "taper" or "trickle/maintain" charge your battery if it's kept in "use" (ON) mode, just fine. Check your battery water level every few months or so.

Only if you do NOT have a multi-stage power supply would it make any sense to disconnect the battery when hooked up to shore power.

The "store" position has almost no valid use other than to remove it from shore power re-charge circuit because of a defective or single-stage power supply when the coach is not being used for any purpose. (And even then, I cannot figure out why a propane detector should be continually powered when the vehicle is disabled in storage and no one is around to hear the detector.)

(I agree that a battery minder hooked up to a disconnected battery is a good idea for those with older, single-stage chargers/pwr-supplies.... but again, if the battery is disconnected and no shore power...then there's no propane detection going on either.... so why would it be req'd to be powered if no one is around simply because the battery is connected?) (Ans. NOT)
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