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Old 01-16-2015, 10:28 AM   #1
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Battery Disconnect

I have a Wildwood T21RBS and would like an external way to disconnect the battery. By removing the negative cable from the frame, would that be an acceptable way to disconnect the battery?

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Old 01-16-2015, 10:34 AM   #2
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I've heard it done both ways. Personally I'd disconnect the positive over the negative, since the frame may end up making contact to ground via things like the tongue jack or stabs or whatnot.

In my own rig, I just pull the battery out and bring it home because I don't trust leaving it in the storage yard.
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:35 AM   #3
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I have a Wildwood T21RBS and would like an external way to disconnect the battery. By removing the negative cable from the frame, would that be an acceptable way to disconnect the battery?
Harold
It would be better to disconnect the negative cable from the battery itself.. as opposed to the frame.
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:39 AM   #4
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I prefer to install the cutoff switch at the Positive side of the battery, but the Negative should work just as well.
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:50 AM   #5
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It would be safer to install the switch. Removing the positive cable with the negative side connected will/could produce a spark. Removing the negative side is less of that chance but like kaddak states it isn't the correct long term fix.
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Old 01-16-2015, 11:02 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the replies.


My intention is to install a Battery Dr. disconnect on the frame, while trying to make this as less labor intensive as possible. Adding this to the positive side of the battery would require an additional cable from the disconnect to the battery and leaving an additional 2' of positive cable to deal with. Adding it to the negative side, I would attached the negative cable to the disconnect where that cable attached to the frame with no additional wiring. I was hoping that would be an alternative. It is such a big hassle getting to the battery behind the tanks, so I am looking for a workable solution without removing the battery or having to enter the battery box on every storage.


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In taking into account all your wonderful suggestions, I think I will install the disconnect on the positive side and zip tie the excess positive cable to shorten the length. I just need to get an additional positive cable from the battery to the disconnect.

Thanks for the suggestions, I now have a path to solution.

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In taking into account all your wonderful suggestions, I think I will install the disconnect on the positive side and zip tie the excess positive cable to shorten the length. I just need to get an additional positive cable from the battery to the disconnect.

Thanks for the suggestions, I now have a path to solution.

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Just be sure to use the same gage wire.

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Old 01-23-2015, 08:58 PM   #9
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I originally put the switch on the negative side, but later had to switch it to the positive side.

Battery Cut Off / Disconnect Switch

I suggest that you investigate first by disconnecting the negative side and seeing if there is still voltage inside at the panel or if any indicator lights or Radio lights stay on....
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Disconnecting either side breaks the circuit. It shouldn't matter. Negative is safer from sparks
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