Battery dying sitting in the driveway

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Just to update this thread, in the past couple weeks the battery has had to be jumped twice, and it hasn't been as cold at night as it was earlier in the saga. Both times it died after sitting idle for 2 days or longer. I decided to have the dealer take a look at it. There's a small RAM service center here in town and I stopped by there this morning. There was nobody there, except a receptionist who had her nose buried in her phone and couldn't be bothered to talk to me. So I called the dealer in Boise and explained the situation to them. That guy said the soonest I could get in would be 2 weeks from now, and I would have to leave the truck with them for at least a couple of days. Given that I live about 60 miles from the dealership, and alone, that wasn't an option. So I went to a local tire shop this afternoon and had them install a new Interstate battery. We'll see how it does.
Hope this solves your problem.
Better to spend a few bucks and make the issue go away, then fool around with it.
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Just to update this thread, in the past couple weeks the battery has had to be jumped twice, and it hasn't been as cold at night as it was earlier in the saga. Both times it died after sitting idle for 2 days or longer. I decided to have the dealer take a look at it. There's a small RAM service center here in town and I stopped by there this morning. There was nobody there, except a receptionist who had her nose buried in her phone and couldn't be bothered to talk to me. So I called the dealer in Boise and explained the situation to them. That guy said the soonest I could get in would be 2 weeks from now, and I would have to leave the truck with them for at least a couple of days. Given that I live about 60 miles from the dealership, and alone, that wasn't an option. So I went to a local tire shop this afternoon and had them install a new Interstate battery. We'll see how it does.
These electronic beasts always have drains on the battery, even when sitting still. SO ne way, I took to Dealer, and he checked stuff, and said problem may also be there were 5 software issues. also, when I changed out the battery, did not dump the memory from the IBS Sensor. SO ne way, had updates done. Also, dumped the IBS sensor to erase all previous resets/info from previous battery and charging system noted:, and so far a lil better. ALSO, when U buy a new battery, good idea to put on a charger and bring to full charge. NOW, with the updates, I now have my USB Port (front console), going active after truck shuts down. After truck shuts down, USB comes back active and stays on for 1 hour. TECH was at a loss and did a STAR Case on it and also on my truck not remote start/comfort setting properly. Guess we shall see.

OP: U may want to seriously invest in a Battery Tender/Maintainer and leave plugged in when truck not in use. At the least help U out temporarily.
 
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OP: U may want to seriously invest in a Battery Tender/Maintainer and leave plugged in when truck not in use. At the least help U out temporarily.
I did order both a battery tender (thanks to RBJRBJ for that link) and a Noco jump starter. I had to use the Noco yesterday to get the truck to the tire store, it worked great. Hopefully the new battery will be better behaved, but I'm better prepared to deal with it if not.
 

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Batteries drain really easy these days regardless of vehicle. With all the technology these vehicles have which requires a lot of memory, it creates draws on the battery voltage. Letting them sit unused for days and weeks can suck the life out of even a new battery. I would take in and have them check the charging system for piece of mind and have them show you how to put the vehicle in "storage or transportation" mode if you're going to let it sit long
 

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@GrumpyOldMan Any update on your issue? My 3 month old 22 Limited was completely dead after only 5 days sitting. Truck has sat several for for 10+ days without issue. It was so dead the doors wouldnt unlock.
 

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There are other lengthy threads in this forum about dead OEM batteries. I had the same problem as you all did. The easy and fast fix is to replace the battery with an H8 size AGM and be done with it. The original battery is size H7 but the tray is H8. I bought an interstate battery that cost about $250.00 installed. No problems since. 2019 limited sits in the driveway. Winter temps here routinely get into single digits.
 

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I've left my 2015 and 2020 sitting for up to 4 weeks with no issues. I'd guess a bad battery, but wouldn't put up more than $5 on it.
 
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@GrumpyOldMan Any update on your issue? My 3 month old 22 Limited was completely dead after only 5 days sitting. Truck has sat several for for 10+ days without issue. It was so dead the doors wouldnt unlock.
It's been a while I guess since I posted an update, but the news is good. The new battery seems to have resolved everything. I can leave the truck sitting in the driveway for 3 or 4 days and it starts right up, no grinding or complaining at all. The thing that threw me, I think, was that after I got the truck it was fine for a few weeks. I could leave it sit for a week without a problem. Then after a couple months or so it started misbehaving. So I dunno. Maybe the OEM battery manufacturer has some QA issues such that after a battery is in service and getting jostled around for a little while they start to fail.
 

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