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Old 04-05-2015, 05:51 PM   #1
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Battery Disconnect Question

Hello fellow campers. I have a question regarding the positioning of the battery disconnect switch. Mine is a red switch that has two positions: on and off. Can someone tell me when the switch should be in the on position and when it should be in the off position. We have not yet taken the mustard seed out camping. We have been busy cleaning, organizing, general maintenance, and repairs. So, before we hit the road, I'd like to know the proper use of the battery disconnect switch. All the documentation and manuals are very generic and not so informational. Thanks for your help.

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Old 04-05-2015, 06:00 PM   #2
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Battery Disconnect Switch

The switch is used to disconnect the batteries from the unit when not in use so as not to have the parasitic devices run the bats down. When you need 12vdc, switch it on.
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Thanks for the quick reply. Maybe I'm hard headed, but if you can help a bit more I'd appreciate it. What position should the switch be in when: 1. traveling to a campsite or cross country 2. at the RV park and hooked up to electric 3. sitting in my driveway hooked up to electric waiting for next trip 4. dry camping. Thanks for all the help.
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Thanks for the quick reply. Maybe I'm hard headed, but if you can help a bit more I'd appreciate it. What position should the switch be in when: 1. traveling to a campsite or cross country 2. at the RV park and hooked up to electric 3. sitting in my driveway hooked up to electric waiting for next trip 4. dry camping. Thanks for all the help.
All of these I would have the switch in the on position. When I store the camper and do not have shore power attached to the camper that is when I turn the battery switch to off.
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Another case of ambiguous labeling. Is ON/OFF referencing the battery or the disconnect. Ridiculous without accompanying labels.
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The switch needs to be on if you are using the onboard converter/charger while connected to shore power or your batts will not be connected.
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:31 PM   #7
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Wouldn't it be great if the switch was labeled "battery disconnected" & "battery connected"? As it is, it's sort of like saying, you can't put to much water in the cooling system of the nuclear reactor. :-)
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