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Old 05-07-2013, 07:51 PM   #81
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My description is probably out of order. Will likely need to mount the rocker switch first.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:56 PM   #82
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I put a marine battery switch on my Niagara. One similar to this one. It cuts off the positive connection to the battery, except the separate wire for breakaway switch. My installation bolted to the side of the battery box.

Mine was a two position switch so I could switch power to my inverter separately. Aside from saving the battery when the camper is in storage, it also lets you isolate the battery from the refrigerator when running on 12V on the road. I installed it the first time I arrived at camp with a dead battery after a long drive with several long stops when the car cut off the supply.

I plan on adding one to my new camper, whenever it gets here.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:07 PM   #83
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Pooneil: I'd love to see pics and details of your install of that switch.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:37 PM   #84
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Pooneil: I'd love to see pics and details of your install of that switch.
No pics because the camper is gone. But I'll give as good of a description as I can remember.

The two position switch was designed to allow one of two or both battery banks to be used for starting a marine motor. But it can also be used in reverse to allow one battery to be switched to one of two or both circuits.

The positive wire was attached to the common pole on the switch and the feed on to the camper was attached to the "1" position. So when the switch was in the "1" position the camper worked as normal. The "2" position was wired separately to the positive terminal on my inverter, a wire I ran with another wire attached to the negative terminal and into the cargo trunk. With the switch in the "2" position only the inverter was powered. In the 1+2 position both the camper and the inverter were powered.

The main thing to to watch out for is to make sure the breakaway switch is attached directly to the battery.
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:29 PM   #85
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Thanks for the description. Makes sense.
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:30 AM   #86
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The positive wire was attached to the common pole on the switch and the feed on to the camper was attached to the "1" position. So when the switch was in the "1" position the camper worked as normal. The "2" position was wired separately to the positive terminal on my inverter, a wire I ran with another wire attached to the negative terminal and into the cargo trunk. With the switch in the "2" position only the inverter was powered. In the 1+2 position both the camper and the inverter were powered.

The main thing to to watch out for is to make sure the breakaway switch is attached directly to the battery.
Guys -- I'm going to need more help here, especially since I'm completely new to campers. I would like to cut the power to the camper from the outside so when I inevitably forget to cut it off from the inside I don't have to pull the camper out of the garage, set it up, cut the power, close it, and return it to garage.

I looked for a wiring diagram of a camper trailer and couldn't find anything.

The trailer brakes are powered through the connector to the TV?
The breakaway switch needs to be connected to the trailer battery since the TV would no longer be connected in a breakaway situation?
How would I locate the breakaway wire so I can hard wire to the battery?
What is the advantage of powering only the inverter or the camper and inverter?
Maybe just a simple cut off switch would be easier for a newbie?
What gauge wire should you use both for the switch and running the breakaway wire to the battery?

Thanks for any help you can offer!
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:35 AM   #87
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Guys -- I'm going to need more help here, especially since I'm completely new to campers. I would like to cut the power to the camper from the outside so when I inevitably forget to cut it off from the inside I don't have to pull the camper out of the garage, set it up, cut the power, close it, and return it to garage.

I looked for a wiring diagram of a camper trailer and couldn't find anything.

The trailer brakes are powered through the connector to the TV?
The breakaway switch needs to be connected to the trailer battery since the TV would no longer be connected in a breakaway situation?
How would I locate the breakaway wire so I can hard wire to the battery?
What is the advantage of powering only the inverter or the camper and inverter?
Maybe just a simple cut off switch would be easier for a newbie?
What gauge wire should you use both for the switch and running the breakaway wire to the battery?

Thanks for any help you can offer!
Trailer brakes or "breakaway" is powered by the camper OR a remote little battery.

Are you actually talking an "inverter" or the "converter"?

You can mount a battery disconnect outside near the battery.
Use the same gauge wire that the battery cables are.

That's a stupid design to put the battery disconnect inside ?!?!
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Are you actually talking an "inverter" or the "converter"?

That's a stupid design to put the battery disconnect inside ?!?!
I was quoting Pooneil -- I assumed he meant converter.

The dealer told me I could pull one of the fuses on the inside to cut the power for storage -- I know I'll forget to do that at some point...
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See post #76 - my fuse is between the propane tanks and the front of the trailer...the blue one....
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And the line from the fuse Tamara is talking about to the battery is the one to install the switch in. Although I have to say I leave my batteries (I have a dual-battery setup) hooked up all season; I don't have a battery switch installed, nor do I pull the main fuse between camping trips. I just plug the camper in to an extension cord from my garage every week or so for about 24 hours. That allows the camper's built in converter/charger to keep the batteries up. If your dealer included an adapter to allow the camper's 30-amp plug to fit into your garage's 15 or 20 amp outlet, all you'd need is the extension cord (if your camper is parked close enough). If you didn't get the adapter they cost very little, for example: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Road-Power...apter/16817349
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