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Old 06-07-2012, 06:17 PM   #31
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I keep reading posts about the battery disconnect switch modification and now interested.... I currently just have 1 battery on my MiniLite TT (small box).
  1. What disconnect switch would you recommend for someone who has 1 battery but may upgrade to 2 someday?
  2. How hard is the electrical installation? Is it just the outside battery cables plus mounting?
  3. What circumstances would I want to add a 2nd batterry? Not "currently" boondocking. Still a benefit?
I will be getting rid of my single battery shut off (in red) as soon as I install my new dual battery selector (in Black) that just came UPS today. It is used but well taken care of - I would probably let it go for like $25 if you are intrested
Forgot to mention what kind it was - Blue Seas M Series P/N 6006 - it is a red single On / Off Switch

I upgraded to 2 batteries just to have the extra capacity if I ever want to boon dock or if the 110 side goes out I still have the 12v side to keep me lit or the fridge on for extended periods.
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:28 PM   #32
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Just finished adding a battery cut off switch today. Went to West Marine locally and compared all the switches. I happened to notice the one I picked on a lower rack and liked the smaller size. Plenty of capacity and nice compact size. I really wanted something I could mount in the battery box. It fit perfect. If I go to two batteries sometime I'll just add another switch. Pics here. One with the key and with key removed. I found a cap that fits the top snug to keep water out. Just didn't have it on.
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Old 06-09-2012, 05:26 PM   #33
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Here is the addidtion of the new switch that allows me to switch between batteries instead of one switch for both batteries
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Old 06-09-2012, 05:27 PM   #34
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:33 AM   #35
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Ok, dumb question. Why do I need a battery cut off switch? I have four 12 volt Deep Cycles...
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Old 06-11-2012, 07:58 AM   #36
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Ok, dumb question. Why do I need a battery cut off switch? I have four 12 volt Deep Cycles...
They help prevent draining of your battery while in storage.
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:03 AM   #37
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Just finished adding a battery cut off switch today. Went to West Marine locally and compared all the switches. I happened to notice the one I picked on a lower rack and liked the smaller size. Plenty of capacity and nice compact size. I really wanted something I could mount in the battery box. It fit perfect. If I go to two batteries sometime I'll just add another switch. Pics here. One with the key and with key removed. I found a cap that fits the top snug to keep water out. Just didn't have it on.
I hope you have better luck than I did. I installed that type shutoff on my last TT and it lasted 1 1/2 seasons before it started being intermittent. I'd have to wiggle the key to try and get it to connect. I finally removed it and went without until I bought my new TT.
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Ok, dumb question. Why do I need a battery cut off switch? I have four 12 volt Deep Cycles...
Another is to remove power completely and quickly when working on the camper's electrical system.

Another is so you can hook up an external automotive charger to "more quickly" recharge your bank. This requires careful watching of the batteries to prevent over charging.
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Ok, dumb question. Why do I need a battery cut off switch? I have four 12 volt Deep Cycles...
You don't need a battery disconnect. It is simplest to just wire them in parallel. In general, a disconnect allows control over charging or discharging of the batteries. Some common reasons to use a disconnect on a trailer with 12-volt batteries in parallel are:

Mostly ease of disconnect during storage over long periods or whenever the trailer is not in use.

The ability to isolate banks (two banks of 2-12volt batteries each in your case). You can use one bank if desired and hold the second in reserve. This is an option some people like to have - basically turning their 400Ah bank into two-200Ah banks. They can draw one bank down to 50% SOC and then conveniently switch to the reserve bank.
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ok so I've got the second battery beside the first battery. the
manual shows positive to battery one goes to post 1 on the switch
postiive to battery 2 goes to post 2 on the switch

since I don't have a starter on the TT that I know of does post 3 run the black which is the original black line to the original battey

Herk HELP!!!!
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