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Old 06-03-2010, 01:23 PM   #1
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Overly Cautious or Not to worry?

Maybe it is my experience with my boat, but whenever I let it set for more than a week or two, I either disconnected the battery or have used a battery isolator switch to make sure that items that always require power (radio / alarms) don't drain them.... Is this necessary on a new travel trailer with 2 batteries that will set for several weeks without use?
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Old 06-03-2010, 01:30 PM   #2
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Maybe it is my experience with my boat, but whenever I let it set for more than a week or two, I either disconnected the battery or have used a battery isolator switch to make sure that items that always require power (radio / alarms) don't drain them.... Is this necessary on a new travel trailer with 2 batteries that will set for several weeks without use?
It's a good habit, keep it up.
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:08 PM   #3
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Is this necessary on a new travel trailer with 2 batteries that will set for several weeks without use?
Yes!!
I always put a battery disconnect switch in my new trailers.
It SHOULD be standard equipment on all RVs.
I shut off the switch when we get home and have cleaned
out the fridge and shut it off.
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:20 PM   #4
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Cant you keep it hooked up to a battery tender?
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Old 06-04-2010, 07:05 PM   #5
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I can't keep it on a battery tender as I rent a storage space and don't want to pay an additional $30 a month for the power outlet to be turned on... Maybe in the winter.... If you have installed a battery diosconnect switch, did you use the same type we do in Boats (Perko I think) and where did you mount it for easy access and weather protection?
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I used this one-- http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BLUE-...item1e5c3eb876
(I didn't actually buy the one at ebay but if you google
battery switch you find lots of them.)

I mounted it in the toe kick area just to the right of my power
center.
I was able to open a cabinet door, remove one of those panels that's
screwed to the floor and I had access to the wires going to
my power center.
I also pulled the front cover off my power center.
I removed the black + wire from the power center and
hooked that to the switch. I added a short wire from the other
side of the switch back to the power center.
I was a 1 beer job for me cuz I had a hole saw and have done
this kind of job before.
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This is what I used on my Surveyor 294. Inexpensive, very easy to install and use. So far it has worked great. All you do to disconnect is unscrew the knob about 1/2 turn.

http://www.amazon.com/Side-Battery-M...743427&sr=8-10
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