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Old 11-20-2008, 10:54 AM   #1
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Battery disconect switch

Do I leave the switch on the on or off position while driving to charge battery. Further more what is recommended when I arrive at camp. Also when I have my trailer parked at home with 110 running the heater what placement do I set the battery disconnect to keep a trickle charge going. 295WP Cherokee Wolfpack
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Old 11-20-2008, 11:13 AM   #2
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For traveling, you could leave it on or off. But if you use the fridge while traveling, you'll need it on to run the circuit board in the fridge. At camp, leave it on so you have lights. Even on shore power, the interior lights are 12V and run off the battery. Parked at home with the heat on--you'll need it on to run the fans in the furnace.

I am curious, though--why would you run the heater at home? That will use a lot of LP. Unless you mean an electric heater.

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Old 11-20-2008, 11:40 AM   #3
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I do mean an electric heater to keep things dry. It rains here in WA. alot. I have an extension cord pluged into it. So if I leave the switch on the on position is it safe to say I am also charging my batteries. Currently I have the switch off and have lights. I just don't want to run the battery down.
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Old 11-20-2008, 12:38 PM   #4
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Ok, perhaps my answers are incorrect for your application. My disconnect is inside the trailer, and if I turn it off, nothing on DC works--no lights, no nothing.

If the heater is plugged into it's own extension to the house, and if your rig isn't plugged into shore power, or your truck, then the battery isn't getting a charge. It will run down if lights, etc, are used.

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Old 11-20-2008, 12:54 PM   #5
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Old 11-20-2008, 02:58 PM   #6
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I am not sure where your disconnect switch is, but if it is right at the battery then running the switch in the off positions would disable the emergency braking system, which is a major no-no when traveling.

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Old 11-20-2008, 03:17 PM   #7
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mtnguy, good point. Our old trailer was like that--on this one, the emergency brake disconnect works with the inside battery disconnect removed.

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Old 11-20-2008, 05:11 PM   #8
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My disconnect is in the trailer. I think all I got to do is turn it on when I want to charge the batery and diconnect it when I dont so as not to over charge the battery. I got this info as I was googleing around today. Remember I am talking about when it's pluged in at home on 110 all day and night to keep the electrical heater running during the winter months.
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Old 11-20-2008, 08:25 PM   #9
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Use battery disconnect switch only when storing trailer for more than a few days. Purpose is to disconnect battery so that it won't go dead as it will within a week if you park it and not plug in to 120 volts
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Old 11-21-2008, 07:53 AM   #10
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Kat said he is plugged in and he has the disconnect off and he has lights.
That indicated to me that the battery disconnect switch is just disconnecting
the battery.
I also have a battery switch and it also just disconnects the battery.
If I were leaving my trailer plugged into shore power all winter I'd switch on
my battery switch a day or 2 every month and leave it off the rest of the time.
That would keep the battery fully charged and at the same time avoid the possibility
of overcharging and running the electrolyte dry.
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