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Old 04-01-2015, 09:31 PM   #11
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Good point! One more thing to add to the Departure Check List.
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Old 04-01-2015, 10:24 PM   #12
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ChipBruce.

You asked about a battery disconnect switch and the power it might preserve: Most modern rvs have LP detectors and some kind of entertainment system which will constantly draw current from the battery to keep detecting or to keep the memory settings on your clock. My LP detector draws 100 milliamperes and my entertainment system draws 50 milliamperes. So combined this amounts to 150 ma or 0.15 amps constant draw. Multiply this by 24 hours and you get 3.6 amps draw for every day it sits. A typical RV battery is approx 100 amp hour battery but you don't want to draw a battery past 50 % of its reserve capacity in order to preserve its longevity. So now you have 50 amp hours divided by 3.6 amp draw per day. That battery will last approx 18.3 days if no other loads are placed on it and it's drawn to half of it's rated capacity, longer if you draw it all the way down. It all depends on your parasitic draw and your battery how long it will last. As a very general figure, you can probably go 3 to 4 weeks before it's depleted. I know that will vary from one camper to the next.

So why keep cycling your battery down and charging it back unnecessarily? (That's not aimed at you, just a rhetorical statement in general) It will only weaken the longevity of your battery. A disconnect switch is a low cost solution to insure you have power available when needed PLUS it can prolong the health of your RV battery life if maintained properly. Of course, you could simply buy a wing nut and manually disconnect the cable each time you store it as one user posted. This is the the simplest no investment solution if you don't mind wrestling with those darn nylon battery box hold down straps. I hate the those buckles on the nylon straps. Get a bungee instead and get jackslapped lol ! That's happened no joking, left a huge whelp on my cheek.

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Old 04-01-2015, 10:38 PM   #13
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Zolin, thank you very much. That is very good information and helps a lot. I have been doing even more than just disconnecting at a wing nut and have been fully removing the battery and storing in my garage and hooking up to a trickle charger, alternating with my motorcycle. I guess that I could learn all of this by experience, but when there are people who already know and are willing to share, what a bonus. Thanks again.
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Old 04-01-2015, 11:08 PM   #14
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ChipBruce, sounds like you are doing things right. Your battery probably does not need to come out of the box during camping season, but trickle charged once every 4-6 weeks providing you are not draining it. Your camper probably has a built in battery charger to the 12 volt converter so it will get topped off anytime you are plugged in to 120v shore power. Of course your battery would have to be connected for this to happen. If it is exposed to higher temps, say 90 + it may not be a bad idea to remove it if you are not in shade. If you are vulnerable to theft then that would also be a good idea to remove it. I remove mine in November and float charge it for 24-48 hours every 6-8 weeks till spring. I then will put it back in the battery box installed on the camper and leave it that way till season is over. I have secured covered storage all year so I am in full shade during summer. We camp frequent enough through the 3 seasons that my plugging in the camper to shore power is sufficient to maintain the battery charge. I have a factory installed disconnect switch and use it every time it sits more than 2-3 days unplugged either at home or in storage. Feel fee to ask any more questions you may have. There are plenty of people, including myself who are eager to provide help. Congrats on your wife's upcoming retirement, and enjoy that new season of life together!

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Old 06-07-2015, 10:35 PM   #15
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Great idea! Not sure why there is such a philosophical debate on this, but I see the value. I had a disconnect in my MicroLite from the factory, but when I upgraded to the Salem Hemisphere, it did not come equipped with one. I love the install location! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 06-07-2015, 10:51 PM   #16
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Don't forget about the TV signal amp! That sucker draws more juice than you think if you leave it on.
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Old 06-07-2015, 11:07 PM   #17
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I'm curious. I have the same switch and am going to install it soon. Everything I have read say's to install the switch to the negative side of the battery and not the positive. Which would be the better way. Both achieve the same thing. What difference would it make?
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Installing on the negative side cuts everything, including trailer breakaway and power jack(if equipped). Doing the positive side between the battery and the converter will cut everything in the trailer only.
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Old 06-16-2015, 03:25 PM   #19
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Stansoper, I had the exact same switch in my hand ready to buy it at my local West Marine - I asked what seemed to be a very knowledgeable sales person if the switch was water proof and he said no. He said it should be installed in a somewhat protected location. A little spray here and there would be OK, but not direct rain and splash off behind a car in a rain storm. I put the switch down, did not buy it, and am now back to the drawing board. Did you get different feedback? Thanks for any advice.
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Old 06-16-2015, 03:33 PM   #20
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Stansoper, I had the exact same switch in my hand ready to buy it at my local West Marine - I asked what seemed to be a very knowledgeable sales person if the switch was water proof and he said no. He said it should be installed in a somewhat protected location. A little spray here and there would be OK, but not direct rain and splash off behind a car in a rain storm. I put the switch down, did not buy it, and am now back to the drawing board. Did you get different feedback? Thanks for any advice.
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When you say waterproof, do you mean submergible(under water)?

I'm sure it is weatherproof, which means it can take some moisture and be fine.

Just think, is your battery box waterproof? No.

I mounted mine in the nose compartment.
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