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Old 08-25-2015, 09:29 AM   #11
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Can you tell me where to look to learn how to do this?
This thread has info that shows what many have done. Good luck.

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Old 08-26-2015, 01:33 PM   #12
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Can you tell me where to look to learn how to do this?
I installed a cut off switch recently. See this post.

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Old 08-27-2015, 10:20 PM   #13
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Yes this is normal and it will drain your bat when not in use. Your unit has a few parasitic draws when not in use. Either install and bat cut off or disconnect the negative terminal from the bat.
Does disconnecting the positive terminal have the same effect? Or should it only be the negative terminal?
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Either one will work, but I think the neg. side you shouldn't get any spark, could be wrong. THe best way is a cut off switch and then find the parasites, like c/o and clock at the radio and add a SPST switch to them and cut them off.
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Old 08-28-2015, 09:36 AM   #15
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Does disconnecting the positive terminal have the same effect? Or should it only be the negative terminal?
I honestly do not know the science behind it, I was always told that by doing the negative terminal it takes all the possibility of a short out of the equation. You can remove the positive but from what I understand with stored energy there could be a short.

I thought it made sense the same way when working on a car you remove the negative terminal. I may be wrong in all of this but this is what I have done for the last 3 years and it was worked for me.
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I am unsure of the rationale for removing one wire vs another when in storage. Both wires of course need to be in place when under tow for the breakaway switch to activate the brakes. A cut off switch in use under tow must be on the positive wire with a bypass so the breakaway switch is always connected to the battery.
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I am unsure of the rationale for removing one wire vs another when in storage. Both wires of course need to be in place when under tow for the breakaway switch to activate the brakes. A cut off switch in use under tow must be on the positive wire with a bypass so the breakaway switch is always connected to the battery.
I think the rationale, is because of the spark that is created if you only remove the positive side. The OP was talking about storage and his battery always running low from parasites. But some are wired directly to the positive side. I truly think the best way is to locate the parasites and installing a switch to shut them off so they can't draw any power. It's the easy way out. When you hook -up of course you are going to want your battery working, one for just the trickle charge that will come through your 7 pin plug from your TV. You just have to remember to turn your switches on for all the parasites. Depending how they wired it, and each trailer is different. Even FR will tell you that. That is why they can't supply a diagram for it. It took me a couple of hrs. to trace all my wiring. Even my panel was listed wrong from what I found, but now I know for sure....It's easy to install a toggle switch at each one you just break the hot wire and put it between, then you know it's off and can't draw your battery down.....
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