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Old 08-21-2015, 08:22 PM   #1
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Battery disconnect switch - does not turn everything off

Situation: Battery disconnect in off position with red key pulled on 2015 Silverback RE and not connected to shore power.There is no power to the lights inside, and the Jensen stereo.
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1. Why do I still have power to the inverter that runs the fridge, and the pumps that run the slide outs.
2. Is this wired right?
In my newbie mind, disconnect means open circuit and no electricity should flow.
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Old 08-21-2015, 09:01 PM   #2
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We have a 2013 Cardinal and with our battery switch off we still have power to the LP detector, leveling system and I believe the slides. Also the entry light. Somewhat defeats the purpose. Jerry


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Old 08-21-2015, 10:43 PM   #3
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The intention of the disconnect is to prevent parasitic loads from draining your battery during extended storage periods. Those loads include CO/smoke detectors, refrigerator control boards, radios etc. Typically loads not disconnected are things like slide mechanisms, emergency brake away switch, stabilizer jacks etc. So does your refrigerator run of battery power, or just use the battery for control power and the light inside? If it runs on battery through the inverter you'll need to turn it off to prevent draining the battery.
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Old 08-21-2015, 11:19 PM   #4
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The refrigerator runs on battery, and I do turn it off.
It seems I did not understand the intention of the battery disconnect, as pointed out by wbdavey, to prevent parasitic loads from draining my battery. That it does. I took the wording "battery disconnect" too literally. So it seems that the battery disconnect is functioning as intended. Thanks.
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Old 08-22-2015, 12:31 PM   #5
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Our 2005 Cardinal battery disconnect still leaves the gas detector, jacks and front work light operational when turned off. I did reword the gas detector so it's powered after the shutoff switch so it's not using power while on storage.
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Old 08-22-2015, 12:44 PM   #6
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The intention of the disconnect is to prevent parasitic loads from draining your battery during extended storage periods. Those loads include CO/smoke detectors, refrigerator control boards, radios etc. Typically loads not disconnected are things like slide mechanisms, emergency brake away switch, stabilizer jacks etc. So does your refrigerator run of battery power, or just use the battery for control power and the light inside? If it runs on battery through the inverter you'll need to turn it off to prevent draining the battery.
Most battery disconnect switches do not disconnect the LP gas detector. Maybe a safety feature. Also, slides and power tongue Jacks are not on the disconnect swutch.
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Old 08-22-2015, 12:59 PM   #7
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Depends what you want to do. I don't ever recommend bypassing safety features, that's on you. If you want to truly disconnect the power, put a switch between the battery and house. I have this setup on mine along with a solar panel to keep the batteries charged while in storage and it has worked flawlessly.
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Old 08-22-2015, 03:41 PM   #8
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Some items, slides, tongue jack, etc. are connected direct to the battery(ies). They do not go through the converter.
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Old 08-22-2015, 04:00 PM   #9
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The only way to kill total power is to disconnect one of the cables from your battery.
disconnect switches are deceiving and they vary from RV make to RV make as to what they actually shut off.
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Old 08-22-2015, 05:18 PM   #10
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When stowing for any extended period I remove battery cables and clean posts and pull batteries from alarm devices.
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