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    Question Battery Life

    We usually are connected to shore power when we camp and when the unit is stored. Last week I took the unit to the body shop for some work, had no problem getting the front landing legs down and the unit of off the truck. Four days later, the body shop went to move the unit and the level-up system would not work with the low battery level indication. There was nothing running in the unit (as far as I know), so there should have been little to no drain on the battery. The ower of the shop suggested that the water level in the battery was low or that I had a bad cell. Checked the battery level when I picked the unit up Friday and all was good. Had the battery tested at two different places and the battery tests as good.

    My question is when not hooked to shore power, how long should the battery last? Do I have an electrical problem that is draining the battery prematurly?

    Thanks in advance.
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    If you didn't pull the battery shut off, 3 or 4 days will be about the limit. Propane detector, stereo, etc all have parasitic loads and will draw down a group 24 very quick.
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    If you are not going to be plugged in and don't need the fridge, turn the battery off. I don't know about the level up system but the Reflaction jacks work with the battery disconnect off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dloase View Post
    We usually are connected to shore power when we camp and when the unit is stored. Last week I took the unit to the body shop for some work, had no problem getting the front landing legs down and the unit of off the truck. Four days later, the body shop went to move the unit and the level-up system would not work with the low battery level indication. There was nothing running in the unit (as far as I know), so there should have been little to no drain on the battery. The ower of the shop suggested that the water level in the battery was low or that I had a bad cell. Checked the battery level when I picked the unit up Friday and all was good. Had the battery tested at two different places and the battery tests as good.

    My question is when not hooked to shore power, how long should the battery last? Do I have an electrical problem that is draining the battery prematurly?

    Thanks in advance.
    Hi Dave & Linda (@dloase),

    Question is if the battery disconnect was turned on or off while your Solitude was in the shop and not hooked to shore power. If the disconnect was on, the battery voltage will drop enough after 3-4 days to the point where the Level-Up system will not function.

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    I discovered that even if the fridge is on Propane, there are 2 electrical cooling fans drawing electricity that will help drain the battery.
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    Okay, now for the silly follow up question. Where on the Solitude 369RL is the battery disconnect? Learning something new every day. I didn't even know that I had a battery disconnect switch.
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    Open the door side storage door, look towards the front of the trailer.

    On the front wall of the compartment, the disconnect is mounted. Should have a red "key" to turn off battery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dloase View Post
    Okay, now for the silly follow up question. Where on the Solitude 369RL is the battery disconnect? Learning something new every day. I didn't even know that I had a battery disconnect switch.
    On the camp (passenger) side cargo basement, upper right side near door and mounted on front wall you will see a red plastic "key" with a cable attached. Ours is clearly marked as battery disconnect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dloase View Post
    Okay, now for the silly follow up question. Where on the Solitude 369RL is the battery disconnect? Learning something new every day. I didn't even know that I had a battery disconnect switch.
    Hi Dave & Linda (@dloase),

    Also, there's a photo showing the battery disconnect on page 68 of your owner manual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dloase View Post
    We usually are connected to shore power when we camp and when the unit is stored. Last week I took the unit to the body shop for some work, had no problem getting the front landing legs down and the unit of off the truck. Four days later, the body shop went to move the unit and the level-up system would not work with the low battery level indication. There was nothing running in the unit (as far as I know), so there should have been little to no drain on the battery. The ower of the shop suggested that the water level in the battery was low or that I had a bad cell. Checked the battery level when I picked the unit up Friday and all was good. Had the battery tested at two different places and the battery tests as good.

    My question is when not hooked to shore power, how long should the battery last? Do I have an electrical problem that is draining the battery prematurly?

    Thanks in advance.
    As others have said, it only takes a few days without charging before the battery voltage drops below a usable level. I believe that's for a single battery system. If you don't already have a second battery installed, I highly recommend you get one.
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