Flat battery.

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  1. Percy52

    Percy52 Funster

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    We have a Compass Avantgarde 100. Haven't driven it for a one week, but did do 700 miles to the Lake District and back over the previous week. Went to drive it for a weekend away- dead battery.
    The engine battery was new in February. We had left a little switch just inside the motorhome door in the on position, but nothing was taking electricity from it.
    My question is: If the engine battery drained when we had left the switch on in the motorhome and were not using anything, what will happen if we don't have a hook up and just use the leisure battery for lighting and water pump. Don't know much about the electrics of a motorhome so any advice would be welcomed.
    Thanks.
     
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    its a constant issue for some that the alarm, the radio and some other equipment continue to drain the van battery when its stood idle. As reassurance I would get the alternator charging circuit tested to be sure its working as intended though
     
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    If, If all was off then you need to let someone look at it who knows what their doing. Nothing worse then faulty electrics for doing your head in.
    Steve
     
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    With our 2003/4 Autoquest 100 we had to top up the engine battery every couple of weeks in winter but it was OK in summer. One thing to check is whether the radio was fully switched of or whether it was just muted. A muted radio, together with the alarm, can be a drain in the battery. If that was not the case then I agree with Steve, have it looked at by a pro.

    You don't mention the age of your van but the leisure battery circuit in our van was completely separate from the starter battery circuit. We used to use a free-standing 50W solar panel which kept the leisure battery topped up in summer without the need for EHU (though we used EHU in winter). I subsequently fitted a CAK Tanks Battery Charge Manager so that the panel/EHU would also keep the starter battery topped up.
     
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    easy to try this yourself, just stick a multimeter across the battery with the engine running, you should see over 14 Volts, turn the engine off and it will drop to under 12V, then the alternator is working fine.

    Is it possible your leisure battery has died and its pulling charge out of your engine battery?
     
  6. Percy52

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    Thanks for your help everyone, I'm off to try all of your suggestions.

    :Smile:
     
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