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Old 05-19-2011, 10:20 AM   #11
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I had a previous camper with that problem, it ended up leaking on my driveway and stained the concrete. I ended up putting a disconnect switch on it, and was one of the first things I did with the new camper.
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Old 05-19-2011, 07:04 PM   #12
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Thanks for the replys. Before I hooked up the battery tender I opened the caps expecting to see too much water....nope, the same as when I put it in the trailer in April, so the rain water did not mix with the acidic water. Where I think my problem was (besides holding water in the box) is the fuse holder (+ side) for the back up lights, it was tucked in the side between the box and the battery so it was submerged. I did not even think to check the fuse. The battery tender shows it is charging and a volt meter shows 13.05 volts (tender unplugged). Still hoping all is well and it will take and hold the charge.
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Old 05-19-2011, 11:22 PM   #13
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A question, I was told by the dealer to always disconnect the neg. cable from the battery when not in use or disconnect the neg. first than the positive. is this true or does it matter ?
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Old 05-19-2011, 11:40 PM   #14
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It is much safer to disconnect the negative first.

When you disconnect the negative you only need to worry about hitting the positive terminal with the wrench. Hitting anything else metal will do nothing.

When you then disconnect the positive, you only need to watch out for the negative terminal because the chassis is no longer "ground"

If you reverse and do the positive first, any slip that hits a metal part of the camper will cause a dead short and a shower of sparks. Worse yet it can weld the wrench to the frame and cause a fire.
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Old 05-23-2011, 01:03 PM   #15
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Update: The trickle charger light has turned green so that is a positive sign. We are going tonight to get the trailer out of storage and get ready for a trip this weekend. I have made the decision to disconnect the ground wires when not in use for more than a couple of days and to remove the battery when winterizing.

THANKS to everyone for their advice and responses. HC
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Old 05-23-2011, 01:24 PM   #16
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why don't you just install a battery disconnect switch?
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Old 05-23-2011, 01:32 PM   #17
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Can you recommend one that will work/mount easily? Looking at Amazon for one now.
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Old 05-23-2011, 02:57 PM   #18
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Blue Sea, Perko, BEP, just Google "marine battery disconnect switch". CW carries them too.
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:25 PM   #19
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OK I added the disconnect switch (Blue Sea 6006 M - front of battery box) yesterday and while I was at it I added a solar charger (top of propane cover) to maintain.

Thanks for the advice and guidance.

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Old 06-14-2011, 06:27 PM   #20
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Nice job!

Now you need to put a sheet of clear box tape over that solar cell. The clear plastic they use is highly susceptible to clouding due to acid rain. I ruined a set of solar powered yard lights due to lens fogging.
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