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2003 F150 pickup has a new battery and will not hold a charge for more than two days without running. Not an alternator problem and there are no obvious draws on the battery like a dome light left on.

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I know you have a new battery, but it is possible to get a battery that is bad right from the get go. Have the battery load tested. You may have a weak cell in the battery. This will let the battery charge temporarily. This is what they call a surface charge. After a period of time or a cold night the battery will not hold it's charge. If you have purchased a cheap battery that is usually what you get. Stick to a reputable battery manufacturer and you will have good luck. But even these peoples batteries can be bad also.
Good luck.

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