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Old 03-30-2015, 08:42 PM   #1
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Installing battery disconnect switch

Today I installed a battery disconnect on my Wildwood 29FKBS Travel Trailer. I decided to document the process for others who might be interested. I have attached a pdf slide show. Hope you find it useful. I a visual guy and pictures can literally replace a thousand words. Hope you find it useful. Material costs were a little over $30.00.
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Old 03-30-2015, 09:04 PM   #2
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I put a wing nut on the negative wire post. Cost, 10 cents. I like things simple.
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Old 03-30-2015, 09:19 PM   #3
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I appreciate your sentiment. Simplicity can be a good thing. If your battery is easily accessible, a wing nut will certainly work, but in my set up, getting to the battery terminal is no simple thing. The switch is my solution and for me it works. What I really think is a disconnect switch is something that should be standard on all rvs were battery drain can be a concern. Just another example where manufacturers cut corners.
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Old 03-30-2015, 09:42 PM   #4
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How water/weather resistant is this switch?


Will road grime be able to get in the switch?
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Old 03-30-2015, 10:38 PM   #5
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Battery Disconnect Switch

The switch is a marine switch designed for use on boats. From what I read before purchase, it should be very durable.
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Old 03-30-2015, 10:46 PM   #6
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I put mine inside next to my panel. I can keep mine off and my charge line from the TV and the Breakaway will still work.

http://campinglifewithmatt.blogspot....ct-switch.html
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Old 04-01-2015, 07:53 AM   #7
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I'm assuming that you are storing your rig with the battery in place between uses. That said, have you monitored how well your battery stored it's charge since the disconnect switch was installed? I am new to this and just bought my first camper and was thinking about making this mod and curious about how it will affect my battery for use the next time I take it out. Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:32 AM   #8
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Connected the battery has slow drain. Disconnected the battery does not. The switch allows you to easily connect and disconnect the battery. It's that simple.
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:46 AM   #9
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Make sure that sucker is turned on for towing. Those brakes come in handy. I installed a very similar switch along with a second battery. The main purpose was to reset the damn radio in the camper which kept failing (or operating on its own). As I'm almost always on shore power I don't use it that much. I still love having it.
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Smart idea. The parasite draw from sitting will kill a battery. My disconnect switch will disconnect from the battery but even with the battery switched off the 12 volt hot wire coming in from the 7 pin connector allows power to bypass the switch. When the truck is off it does not supply power. Most breakaway switches are wired directly to the battery post.
I once left my battery switch off when we stopped overnite at a hotel and had forgotten that my refrigerator needed the power to operate the gas coming off and on so my fridge did not operate all night lol. Humbly take that into consideration if you travel using your fridge on gas. Now I am in the habit of switching my battery on as soon as I hitch to go. FYI. There are plenty of people who probably knew that anyway.
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