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Old 04-23-2011, 10:47 AM   #1
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Battery Disconnect Install on Mini Lite 2306

Since it may help others I posted it here.
I bought a Blue Systems single circuit on/off switch from West Marine for $28
stainless steel harware - #10 -24 x 3" long bolts - qty 4
stainless flat washers qty 4
Nylon Locking Nuts - qty 4
1 - 4 foot piece of #8 gauge stranded wire with red sleeve
(2) Two Nylon Ring Terminals (Crimp on style)

will need basic hand tools - I used Klines to crimp my ends cause the wire stripper / crimpers just dont cut it for me
Drill and drill bits
a skinny center punch to make your marks unless you make a template out of carboard then you can use whatever to mark your holes.

I put shrink tubing on before I crimperd the ends - I crimped the ends on my 4 foot wire piece - then soldered the end's and then heated the shrink tubing to make it look nice and to help protects the ends since the ones that were on the positive side of the battery were looking like they were starting to get corrosion on it.

I had to remove the battery and battery box and the propane tank cover.

I chose my spot to put the switch because the propane cover - covers the switch and will for the most part keep rain water off of the switch.

here are the pictures as well cause we all know a thread is worthless without pictures.
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Old 04-23-2011, 10:49 AM   #2
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Old 04-23-2011, 10:55 AM   #3
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Nice work Sherdep. This is timely as its one of the mods I plan to do shortly after picking up the new hybrid.
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Old 04-23-2011, 11:01 AM   #4
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Nice work Sherdep. This is timely as its one of the mods I plan to do shortly after picking up the new hybrid.
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actually it took me less then 2 hours outside

I didnt cut the cable end off of the trailer - it went straight to the switch and just added the four foot piece of wire to the switch and battery so I had extra in case the cable ends became corroded I had extra wire to cut off and put a new end on.

once I had all the pieces and put part's of it together inside the install went very easy.

One suggestion I forgot to mention is if you use the same switch I did - when you tighten up the bolts just tighten them snug because the bolt will pull thru the plastic if you keep cranking on it - I did it but was able to back off of it and was ok
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Old 04-23-2011, 11:34 AM   #5
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Thanks for the post. This is gonna be my next mod and I like to see other peoples installs to help me decide exactly how I'm gonna install mine.
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Thanks for the post. This is gonna be my next mod and I like to see other peoples installs to help me decide exactly how I'm gonna install mine.
Another short thread with some additional pictures of different installations.

A simple mod to the Battery 12V system
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Old 04-23-2011, 11:50 AM   #7
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Thanks for the post. This is gonna be my next mod and I like to see other peoples installs to help me decide exactly how I'm gonna install mine.
Glad I could help - I had a hard time deciding where to install it - I was going to mount to the camper fiberglass shell (diffrent style switch though) or inside the front compartment but then decided on the least evasive and a protected spot which was under the propane tank's - I hope there is no issue with it installed this way because of the propane tanks being above and propane gas is heavier then air - spark = kaboom which I am hoping shouldnt be the case

I had looked at the front before I went and bought the switch so I had an idea of what space I had to work with - also went online and looked at what switches they had so I kinda had an idea of what I was looking for.
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That's my next mod.
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Old 04-23-2011, 11:59 AM   #9
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Also as an FYI - I just read on the instructions sheet the Knob is removable so if you need to use it as a lockout it can be done with this Model switch
Blue Seas Systems M-Series PM 6006 - Bought it at West Marine for arounf $28 or $29
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Nice job, Matt. I just purchased an additional 12v for the 2306 and was going to connect the batteries in parallel, but I'm confused on an issue...many issues, actually, but I'll stick with this one.

If the two batteries are connected in parallel and you are dry camping, do they both provide power at the same time and, therefore, discharge somewhat equally?

What is the advantage of your modification and how do you monitor battery #1, and at what point of discharge do you decide to switch to battery #2?

I see that you used 8 gauge connector wire. I looked at a chart recently to see what gauge and length of wire I should use to parallel connect the batteries, and the chart indicated #2 gauge was appropriate for a wire 12" to 18" long. I guess there is no harm in using heavier gauge wire but, as you can probably tell, all things electric is not one of my strengths.

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