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Old 04-11-2011, 06:37 PM   #1
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Shore Power

Once you are set up at the camp site and plug into power can you disconnect the battery. Does the battery supply power to anything else except jacks?
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:38 PM   #2
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Oh yea forgot about the slide but that would be out also.
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:56 PM   #3
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inside lights as well since they are running off of 12Volts as well
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Old 04-11-2011, 07:23 PM   #4
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That's kinda what I thought too, but last weekend I was doing a mod to the lights above the bed. I disconnected the battery thinking I was cutting power to them but they remained on. The only way I could get them off was to disconnect from the house power.
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Old 04-11-2011, 07:28 PM   #5
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That's kinda what I thought too, but last weekend I was doing a mod to the lights above the bed. I disconnected the battery thinking I was cutting power to them but they remained on. The only way I could get them off was to disconnect from the house power.
You should have a breaker in your panel labeled "Converter". Turn that off and the 12V side will be off. Saves having to unplug from 120V.

OTOH, why would you want to disconnect your battery? While you are on shore power, your converter is keeping your battery charged. And, if there is a large need for 12V, your battery is there to assist your converter.

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Old 04-12-2011, 12:14 AM   #6
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Just as a side note; you will eventually burn out your converter if you do disconnect the battery, because the converter is built to charge the battery and provide 12volts to many different systems in your camper. It will be trying in vain to charge something that isn't there, and they aren't cheap or easy to replace, either. Best bet to leave it connected, and keep distilled water in it to the top of the plates. Just my humble opinion! Randy
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Old 04-12-2011, 12:32 AM   #7
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yea, i'm also wondering why the OP wants to disconnect the battery, since it'll probably need some recharging.
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:52 AM   #8
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Rather than mess with cables every time I need to work on the electrical system I put in a disconnect switch when I rewired the battery compartment.

Also using a high voltage de-sulphating 4 stage charger I would disconnect to avoid running 12 volt dc appliances at de-sulphating voltages.
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:20 AM   #9
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do u have one of those big red keys near ur fuse box? doesn't that disconnect the converter and all but the slide outs and maybe the jacks from the battery?
still don't know why u would want to disconnect...unless ur wanting to change the bat; it also acts as a filter.
if u have this switch, u can disconnect the pos lead of the battery (with shore power disconnected) then plug back in and check for voltage at the disconnected lead. that should let u know if that disconnect really isolates it from the fuse panel and converter/charger.
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Just as a side note; you will eventually burn out your converter if you do disconnect the battery,
I don't believe this is true.
The charger is loafing when nothing is connected so it
won't over heat and "burn out".

OTOH, I see no good reason to disconnect the battery
unless you are permanently parked and full timing.
Not even sure if you'd need to do it then.
Just check the water ever couple months.
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