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As soon as I turn anything on it has an instant power drain, also; it charges less when driving

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You will have to isolate the circuit with the short. It is possible to have a direct short and still not blow the fuse. The simple thing to do is crank the engine and remove one fuse at a time to see if your voltage increases when that fuse is out. If nothing changes, put that fuse back in and pull the next fuse in line. Do the same for all the fuses. If you can isolate the bad circuit, you will have to trace it out to see which component is bad. Usually a wire has worn through its insulation and is touching the metal frame of your vehicle. If you have a trailer hitch and trailer wire harness, a lot of times that wire set gets frayed. Good luck.

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