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Old 03-19-2019, 08:00 PM   #1
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Battery Cut Off Switch Location

I have a new 2019 Coachmen Catalina Trailblazer 29th. I just picked it up 3 days ago and the battery went dead sitting in my drive because the battery was not cut off. Does anyone know where the battery cut off switch is located for this model? Thanks.
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I have a new 2019 Coachmen Catalina Trailblazer 29th. I just picked it up 3 days ago and the battery went dead sitting in my drive because the battery was not cut off. Does anyone know where the battery cut off switch is located for this model? Thanks.
It likely doesn't have one. Follow the positive lead off of your battery and see if it hits a switch or a circuit breaker first. If it hits a circuit breaker first, you don't have a disconnect switch.

My Coachmen didn't come with one.
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Also there are some 12v things that don't really cut off. It's just like the computer and radio in your car and will drain your battery if you let it sit. In the trailer it's the LP and CO2 sensors, radio and possibly other things depending on exactly what 12v items you have. If you don't have a disconnect switch the easy thing to do is just disconnect the negative wire from the terminal while in storage. I would make sure it's fully charged first before disconnecting it.
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If it were me, I'd go back to the dealer. Chances are that the rig sat in their lot and the battery wasn't fully charged when you picked it up. Even with parasitic drain, the battery shouldn't go dead in that amount of time.

The advice to disconnect the negative cable or install a battery disconnect switch directly on the battery is good practice.
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The disconnect switch I put in disconnects EVERYTHING! If you put one in, make sure it does that. Convention is that it goes on the positive cable.
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Thanks for the information. I will install a battery disconnect switch.
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Is there a disconnect switch that cuts both + & -?

There seems to be some question on whether to disconnect the "+" side, while others say NO, disconnect the "-" side.


Is there a disconnect switch that cuts both the + & - ?
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many units are wired with items before the disconnect switch. I remove the negative terminal on the battery. quickest cheapest disconnect switch ever.
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"+" or "-" Disconnect

I don't want to re-open this much discussed topic BUT


IMHO - If You disconnect the "+" cable, there is NO possible current flow in any of the wiring circuits.


However, If You disconnect the "-" cable, the "+" side wiring is and remains hot all the time and any wiring or anything that touches a "-" negative wire or any part of the chassis will cause a spark or cause an item to begin operating should the on/off switch is also set to "ON" and could actually cause a fire.



Again, IMHO, I choose disconnecting the "+" cable (at the battery) to prevent any possible electrical current drain.


NOW, it would be really nice if both the "+" and "-" were disconnected at the battery and I was asking if there is such a switch available? one throw and both cables are disconnected.
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BBDAWG ..... I have been a Boater for many years, mainly Cruisers, and have seen many battery cutoff switches, however I personally have never seen one switch that would cut off both Pos and Neg at the same time. Would be nice if they made one.
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