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Old 10-01-2015, 09:00 AM   #1
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My battery disconnect.

My battery disconnect (red handled switch inside the compartment with all the water/cable connections) just disconnects the inverter-battery charger from the battery's. Even if I disconnect my shore power and turn the red handled switch to "OFF", the batteries continue to power all my camper lights. I have installed a large deep cycle battery in parallel with the one that came with the camper. They will run down if not connected to shore power, even with the disconnect in the off position.
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Old 10-01-2015, 09:50 AM   #2
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How long does this take for them to discharge? If the lights still work when disconnected more than likely everything else is too, just the propane detector alone will drain the battery in a few days. Since you have added a second battery already I would suggest adding a Battery selector that will have an off, batt 1, batt 2 and both batt switch at the neg terminal of the batteries. The switch you have now is so not you don't over charge your battery only.
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Old 10-01-2015, 10:16 AM   #3
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The battery's will stay up for a couple weeks if the switch is turned to the off position. I was just thinking that it was like my marine battery selector in the boat (that it isolated the battery) which is not the case. It just keeps them from being connected to the inverter/charger. I think I'll add a marine isolator like you suggest when it is parked on shore power.
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Old 10-01-2015, 11:09 AM   #4
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In the last several model years the converters (not inverter) on mid range and up units are designed with a 3 stage charger so overcharging batteries is seldom an issue. Once it senses the battery is fully charged it goes into float mode. You should still check the water from time to time. Your battery isolator switch "should" cut off everything except the propane detector and perhaps the landing gear. On many brands of RV's, the battery isolator switch does not truely isolate the battery as you have found out. You can simply disconnect the ground wire off the battery(s) or add a battery cutoff switch on the ground wire. (Yeah I know some say positive cable.)
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Old 10-01-2015, 11:35 AM   #5
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In the last several model years the converters (not inverter) on mid range and up units are designed with a 3 stage charger so overcharging batteries is seldom an issue. Once it senses the battery is fully charged it goes into float mode. You should still check the water from time to time. Your battery isolator switch "should" cut off everything except the propane detector and perhaps the landing gear. On many brands of RV's, the battery isolator switch does not truely isolate the battery as you have found out. You can simply disconnect the ground wire off the battery(s) or add a battery cutoff switch on the ground wire. (Yeah I know some say positive cable.)
I was always told to disconnect the battery neg first so I would agree put the disconnect switch on the negative. I do have a question how can you tell if you have a converter or inverter?
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Old 10-01-2015, 11:59 AM   #6
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You'll always have a converter.
Inverters are "mostly" in class a, b and c mh's

Only tt and 5th wheels have an inverter if they have a residential fridge. "Sometimes"

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Old 10-01-2015, 12:18 PM   #7
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Many thanks for all the reply's. Yep..."converter".
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