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Old 11-21-2016, 03:45 AM   #1
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Last week I took my 2016 Travato into the shop to check out a couple of the LED lights. They haven't replaced them yet, but determined they needed to be changed out. Ever since I got it back, my Power Control System says I'm drawing 6-7 amps regularly. This is with zero lights on, furnace/AC/fans off, fridge off, nothing plugged in. Before I took it in, it would normally read 0-1 amps being drawn in this scenario. Each day I wake up, half of my battery is depleted, running 2 Lifeline 6v batts, fully charged from the day. If I turn off the Coach Battery switch, while plugged in and my lights etc are still working, it drops down to the normal 0-1 amps. If I turn the switch back on, jumps back up to 6 amps used, but again there is no noticeable change.

Any idea on what I might do to locate where all these amps are being drawn from?

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Old 11-21-2016, 10:18 AM   #2
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Last week I took my 2016 Travato into the shop to check out a couple of the LED lights. They haven't replaced them yet, but determined they needed to be changed out.
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Thanks!
Not quite sure what you are talking about...

What LED lights?
What check out?
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Old 11-21-2016, 12:39 PM   #3
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Does the Travato have any storage area lights?

Start pulling fuses till you find which circuit the drain is on and go from there.

Switch the inverter off if it has one.

Keep experimenting till you get it turned off then solve the problem. Six amps shouldn't be hard to find.
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Old 11-21-2016, 02:19 PM   #4
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The cabin's main overhead lights. Two of the four went out completely, and I mention ten because it was the only thing electrical the shop looked into.
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Old 11-21-2016, 03:53 PM   #5
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I just went through each fuse, I removed 9 out of 10 without it changing the read out. The 10th fuse is the power to the control panel/tv/radio so I can't pull that and see. The radio and tv is off. Hmm��
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Old 11-21-2016, 05:39 PM   #6
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So it is in the control panel or before the battery switch. With the battery switch off do the batteries still discharge overnight?

DVMs typically have a 10 amp capability. Put it in the power line to the control panel. You could also get a fuse ammeter from Harbor Freight and put it in the fuse slot for the control panel.

If you have a DVM pull the control panel fuse, put the probes in the slot and set it on amps. Again, six amps has got to be easy to find. You need a DVM to run an RV. Get one.
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Old 11-21-2016, 05:52 PM   #7
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Maybe unrelated, but...I had a short in my Travato that would blow that radio/TV fuse and the fuse that protected the lights. The wires were pinched and shorting each other. It was also intermittent and difficult to trace.

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An RV with an electrical system with a 6 amp phantom current draw is not usable. You must solve this.

It is possible that this is an error in instrumentation but from your note it appears that the batteries do discharge. Please post the results. Most likely it is something simple.
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I don't know if this is even on track maybe someone will know but could it be energizing a relay that is drawing the load
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Old 11-22-2016, 09:43 AM   #10
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Just as an update, earlier this evening when I plugged in again and could read the Power Control System, it was quickly jumping all over from 1 to 3 to 7 to 2 to 5 amps, etc. After awhile it dropped to a steady 3 amp draw, despite everything being turned off. Now it's sitting at 1 amp with 2 lights on.

I'll keep an eye on it and what it's doing to my battery through the day, and also will bring up the points made in the thread to the shop when they return my call.

Thanks for your help! I'll keep this thread updated with anything I learn.
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