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Old 08-17-2014, 05:08 PM   #21
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Tested cells this afternoon. Hydrometer read 12.75 or better on all cells (probably more like 12.71 if adjusted for temperature ). Electrolyte is clear.
Beats me.
Sounds almost like something is draining them. Have you tried testing with the cutoff switch off to disconnect the batteries from the system?

My voltages seem to drop much faster with cutoff on as opposed to off. I wonder what the draw is on the LP/CO detector - I wouldn't think it would be very much?
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I have no cutoff switch to my knowledge.
I've not had it connected to shore power since last afternoon when I used a battery charger to top up.
Only thing different is the Sirius dock is unplugged ( but it wasn't turned on, even when it was plugged in ).
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I have no cutoff switch to my knowledge.
I've not had it connected to shore power since last afternoon when I used a battery charger to top up.
Only thing different is the Sirius dock is unplugged ( but it wasn't turned on, even when it was plugged in ).
Maybe get the battery all charged up, then disconnect the negative terminal and compare how fast it drains to when it is connected.( Isolates the battery from the rest of the trailer.)
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Used the multi-meter and reads 12.5 or 6 ( eyes aren't what they used to be ) at the battery terminals.
I'm going to leave it unplugged from shore power for a few days and monitor it. Then I'll disconnect a terminal after charging and monitor that.
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Old 08-17-2014, 05:48 PM   #25
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Used the multi-meter and reads 12.5 or 6 ( eyes aren't what they used to be ) at the battery terminals.
I'm going to leave it unplugged from shore power for a few days and monitor it. Then I'll disconnect a terminal after charging and monitor that.
Sounds like that should give you some good data.
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Used the multi-meter and reads 12.5 or 6 ( eyes aren't what they used to be ) at the battery terminals.
I'm going to leave it unplugged from shore power for a few days and monitor it. Then I'll disconnect a terminal after charging and monitor that.
Is it possible that you misread the 12.02?

If we did not have a battery disconnect, ours would have been dead long ago. I take it that Escape did not always have the disconnect switch.
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Jubal did you buy one of the Boondocker main board replacements? What all is involved in swapping the assemblies?
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Is it possible that you misread the 12.02?
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Nope. Cause I actually got 11.98 and 11.99 and then 12.02.
I am almost always plugged in to shore power when home, so I don't disconnect the battery.
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Is it possible that you misread the 12.02?

If we did not have a battery disconnect, ours would have been dead long ago. I take it that Escape did not always have the disconnect switch.
Hi: Floating Cloud... The 17'er's battery is mounted on the rear bumper, and so very accessible. When the battery is mounted inside the trailer...under something a disconnect switch is necessary/convenient. Alf
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Hi: Floating Cloud... The 17'er's battery is mounted on the rear bumper, and so very accessible. When the battery is mounted inside the trailer...under something a disconnect switch is necessary/convenient. Alf
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Alf, our batteries are in the front box, as in most 19s. I was under the impression that the disconnect switch has the purpose of being able to stop all draw by the batteries when the Escape is in storage or some work is being done. Doesn't everyone's now come with a disconnect switch? Critical to us.
If the disconnect switch is not off in storage, something will be drawing power such as detectors. We do not remove the batteries, too heavy to want to fool with. We replace the water once in a while.
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