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Old 07-02-2007, 06:51 PM   #29
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Craig,
Thanks for the input. I can't think of a single draw on the batteries...everything is OFF. Maybe I am missing something. In any event, I'll let the experts check it out. In the mean time, I'll leave it plugged in.
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Try unhooking the negative cable from both batteries. Come back in 6 days, and see if they are low. If one (or both) of them are, they need to be replaced. If not, then you can let Airstream look at the draw under warranty.
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Old 07-06-2007, 09:34 AM   #30
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Is your switch at the door "in-use". If it is, then you are drawing juice like they said.
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Old 10-27-2009, 01:47 PM   #31
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OEM Interstate (2)SRM-27's in our 2008 Classic... from the getgo they discharged *very* quickly while traveling... jackson center checked electrical system & batts twice... "no problems"
pulled batts for winterizing... put em on my 3-stage charger... throwing a 'dead cell' code... Interstate Corp. says tough luck, no pro-rate on this model

As I see it- my two options are 1) Diehard's and keep the OEM charger/converter or 2) Lifelines and replace charger/converter with Xantrex 3-stage.
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Old 10-27-2009, 02:02 PM   #32
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Battery Manufacturers

I am always confused by the many battery performance reviews since almost all batteries are made by either Delphi, Exide, or Johnson Controls Industries. Each makes batteries sold under several different brand names. Delphi makes ACDelco and some EverStart (Wal-Mart) models. Exide makes Champion, Exide, Napa, and some EverStart batteries. Johnson Controls makes Diehard (Sears), Duralast (AutoZone), Interstate, Kirkland (Costco), Motorcraft (Ford), and some EverStart.

Foe example it seems like a battery manufactured by Johnson Controls would be basically the same whether it had the Diehard name or the Interstate name.

Go figure??
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Old 10-27-2009, 02:10 PM   #33
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finalcutjoe,

Just noticed you have a 30' SO just a little newer than mine. Our 2004 came from the factory with two Interstate SRM-29 Deep Cycle batteries. I am a little surprised your trailer came with the SRM-27s.

I am in the process this week of replacing these original batteries. Even the Interstate distributor was quite surprised that they have performed so well for so long. We spend eight months of the year traveling and it is not unusual for us to boondock for six days on battery power. The only real maintenance we do is check the water level every two weeks. I sure hope my new set of interstates five years.
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Old 10-27-2009, 02:28 PM   #34
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I have to assume my off-grid problems are because of bad batt's- but I can't be certain... our Classic uses the Actibrake electric/hydraulic controller, and from what I've gathered (with the help of my Trimetric battery monitor) this thing draws more amps during travel (when braking), than my truck alternator (wiring?) is able to put back in... but then again, it could just be the batteries (???)

I just priced a pair of SRM-29's Diehard, $120/ea. 1-year free replacement, 30 month pro-rate. NAPA sells a 'deep cycle' SRM-27 $88/ea, same warranty.
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Old 10-27-2009, 02:33 PM   #35
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fltlevel- yeah, 27's came OEM (at least, that's what were in it when I picked up from dealer...) more A/S "value engineering"
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