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Old 05-20-2014, 12:24 AM   #1
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Battery disconnect switch - in or out?

I have a Rockwood 8325 Travel Trailer. Regarding the Battery Disconnect Switch:

1 - Which is on and which is off - in or out??

2 - When I pull it out I hear a humming noise like a fan (I'm plugged into city power). I also hear that noise if my outside lights are on. Is that normal?

3 - What position should it be in when I'm driving?

4 - What position should it be when I'm plugged into city power?

5 - Just had a mighty thunder/lightening storm and the power went out in the park and I had no lights - at all! I thought the overhead lights were on 12v. Shouldn't they have come on? Maybe I had the Disconnect in the wrong position....whatever "wrong" is - I have no clue.

The "manual" sucks - does anyone know of any other documentation available? electrical system, schematic, etc.

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Old 05-20-2014, 01:26 AM   #2
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I believe there's a simple way to check. Unplug from shore power and pull the switch. If the lights are off then pulled out is the disconnect.
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Old 05-20-2014, 07:02 AM   #3
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Mine is pull out=ON
Push in=OFF
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Old 05-20-2014, 07:40 AM   #4
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Mine is pull out=ON
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Old 05-20-2014, 07:43 AM   #5
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Mine is pull out=ON
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Same here I wish it was the other way around though.
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Old 05-20-2014, 12:59 PM   #6
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Mine is pull out=ON
Push in=OFF
OK - the battery is ON when I pull it out. The fan is running - does it run all the time?

Let's see if I have it right: When I'm parked and plugged into shore power, if I leave it pulled out (on) it will charge my house batteries. When they are charged I can push it in (off) and keep a eye on my gauge to be sure to charge it back up as needed.

Last night the power when off I needed to pull it out (on) to get juice to my 12v overhead lights. Right?

Sorry I seem so stupid but I had a minor stroke a few years ago - this is the kind of thinking that makes my thinking get a little confused. If it's called a "disconnect" but when it's "on" when pulled "out" , to me "on" means it's disconnected because the "disconnect" is "on" - that's all bass-awkwards to me. They should call it a battery "connect" switch....when it's on, the batteries are connected.

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You really only need to push it in to disconnect your battery when not in use for a long period of time...like winterizing...or you don't use it for a few weeks and you don't keep it plugged...then you disconnect the battery to prevent it to drain it's power.
I leave mine pulled out all the time since I'm camping every weekend.
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Old 05-20-2014, 03:08 PM   #8
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What Black says is spot on. The fan you are hearing is probably your inverter charging your battery. It will shut down once it recharges your battery. If I am not mistaken you need your battery on to use lights as they are 12 volt.
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