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Old 10-09-2016, 11:07 AM   #1
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Motor batteries going dead

We just got our 2005 Journey 36g this summer. If the coach is not being used for about 2 weeks or more, the motor batteries keep going dead. At first we were parking it outside, and now its inside when we are not on the road. I have replaced the batteries and turn everything off when not using it. It is even plugged into 120v. It doesn't seem to matter if it's stored inside our outside, the motor batteries keep going dead. What am i missing?
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Old 10-09-2016, 11:13 AM   #2
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We just got our 2005 Journey 36g this summer. If the coach is not being used for about 2 weeks or more, the motor batteries keep going dead. At first we were parking it outside, and now its inside when we are not on the road. I have replaced the batteries and turn everything off when not using it. It is even plugged into 120v. It doesn't seem to matter if it's stored inside our outside, the motor batteries keep going dead. What am i missing?
The answer is to get a Trik-L-Start, or similar device. A lot of motorhomes are not set up to keep the motor batteries charged when connected to shore power.
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Old 10-09-2016, 11:14 AM   #3
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Dead Battery

Does your rig have a battery control center box? It possibly does. This is box that controls all battery charging, and power disbursements to all of the batteries, coach and chassis.

They have a tendency to fail and are not cheap, maybe $800 or so.
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Old 10-09-2016, 11:16 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forum.

Small draws from the dash radio , engine control module , trans controller , two to three weeks is about average, for chassis battery drain.
Some coaches don't charge the chassis batteries , when on shore power and require installation of a trickle-start to charge the batteries , or if the coach isn't on power when stored ; a full chassis battery disconnect.
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Old 10-09-2016, 11:31 AM   #5
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Here's the Winnebago Service Tip on adding a Trik-L-Start to keep the chassis batteries charged whenever the coach batteries are being charged: 2006-04 Trik-L-Start -

(Note that the LSLProducts link in the document is out of date--here's the correct one: Ultra TRIK-L-START Starting Battery Charger/Maintainer)
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Old 10-09-2016, 06:24 PM   #6
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Trick-L-start solved this problem for me.

It is easy to install ... it took me longer to remove the screws from the fuse box cover than it did to install it ... the directions are easy to follow

It will be the best dollars you will spend on your rig
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Old 10-09-2016, 08:59 PM   #7
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Our 03's battery will last about 3 weeks before going dead. Solar charger helped extend the time but i still found the battery discharged a few times. Solved the problem by installing a battery disconnect in the battery compartment. Haven't had a problem since, well, except for that one time when i forgot to actually use the switch.

Yours is probably like mine in that shore power (the converter) doesn't charge the chassis battery. Since you have power available, the Trik L Start sounds like the way to go.
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Old 10-11-2016, 04:33 PM   #8
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Yes our battery goes dead to so I installed a battery disconnect and that solved the problem.
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Old 10-11-2016, 07:42 PM   #9
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We plugged our Battery saver in back beside the bed and ran the wire up to the batteries when we had our 36G
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Old 10-11-2016, 09:13 PM   #10
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You should have a BIRD unit in your MH that keeps all batteries charged when on shore power or when the engine is running.
"Intellitec's BIRD is a Bi-Directional Isolator Relay Delay
Bi-Directional Isolator Relay

Charging batteries in an RV application.
When the coach is being driven, batteries will be charged from the engine's
alternator.
When the coach is plugged into shore power,batteries will be charged from the
converter or inverter/charger.
If neither battery is being charged, the batteries are fully isolated.
The controller also senses heavy load so neither battery to prevent the wrong battery from being inadvertently discharged."

That is one post from this irv2.com thread
My 2000 Winnebago has one(it was bad when we acquired the MH), yours should have one too.
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Old 10-16-2016, 01:44 PM   #11
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Thank you all for the info. I have purchased A Trik-l-Start and can't wait to get it installed.
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Old 11-06-2016, 11:32 AM   #12
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Does anyone know if the installation in the same on the 04 36g as the newer versions? I think I need one of these on my MH


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Does anyone know if the installation in the same on the 04 36g as the newer versions? I think I need one of these on my MH
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Is the installation of WHAT "the same on the 04 36g as the newer versions"?
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Old 11-06-2016, 12:03 PM   #14
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The trickl start. I read through the link above about the Winnebago service bulletin and it only talks about p and s models


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