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Old 09-20-2016, 12:37 PM   #1
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Battery Disconnect - Parasitic drain on batteries

I have a new Heritage Glen 368. Every time I leave the trailer in storage I make sure that all lights, inverter etc all all turned off. When I get back in about a week, the batteries are all run down.

I put 2 new batteries from a local distributor into the trailer shortly after picking it up, because I wanted to ensure I got the freshest ones possible and not ones that had been siting at Forest River for a year.

Looking at other posts, other trailers have disconnects, mine does not seem to have one. Attached is a picture of my electrical block above the primary battery box

Any thoughts on a mod?
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Old 09-20-2016, 12:42 PM   #2
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Old 09-20-2016, 12:51 PM   #3
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Easy to do, you can also just disconnect the negative to ground lead for now.
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Old 09-20-2016, 01:05 PM   #4
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I opted for a cheap one from eBay. My father-in-law helped me install it (so that it was neat and pretty). But, this was definitely one of those "so simple that even I could do it" kind of installs.

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Old 09-20-2016, 02:47 PM   #5
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I too installed a battery disconnect. Got mine from Princess Auto which, as near as I can tell, is the Canadian version of Harbor Freight (although we would spell it "Harbour").




More details and photos in the full write up at Mods - Battery switch
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I have a new Heritage Glen 368. Every time I leave the trailer in storage I make sure that all lights, inverter etc all all turned off. When I get back in about a week, the batteries are all run down.

I put 2 new batteries from a local distributor into the trailer shortly after picking it up, because I wanted to ensure I got the freshest ones possible and not ones that had been siting at Forest River for a year.

Looking at other posts, other trailers have disconnects, mine does not seem to have one. Attached is a picture of my electrical block above the primary battery box

Any thoughts on a mod?
Jeff, many brands of trailers don't have factory disconnect switches.
All RVS have parasitic power drains, newer ones even more.

Also, Forest River doesn't install the batteries, the dealer does.

The best disconnect switches are the marine type.
But you can also buy cheaper ones that cost around $6.
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Old 09-20-2016, 03:18 PM   #7
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Sorry.. here was the picture of my compartment
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Old 09-20-2016, 03:39 PM   #8
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Could also use a high amperage master circuit breaker to cut power (if you place in the right spot). On my Rockwood I happen to have a factory cutoff switch and *now* a master circuit breaker. I found reason to use the breaker the other day when I wanted to remove the breakaway plug to repair the cable (the breakaway switch wires into the battery directly and is not switchable by the cutoff switch).
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Get yourself one of these and splice it into the negative battery cable. This what I use and it works like a charm.
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Probably not the very best solution but this video shows where my parasitic draw was coming from and how I installed my battery cutoff switch. At the time I was mostly concerned about not drilling into my brand new trailer so I put it on the $7 battery box. Just another idea for your decision making.

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