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Old 01-22-2015, 08:04 PM   #1
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How to install a battery disconnect to your Wildwood

Parts required:

Battery disconnect switch

Battery Cable (extension) ensure post mounts are the same on both ends (the large kind) see photo for part specifics

Screw and wing nuts to mount to top of battery box

Steps:

Take battery box top / cover off and drill 4 holes where the battery cutoff switch will mount if applicable.

Unhook ground (white) wire from battery.

Attach new cable to battery gnd post and to switch.

Attach original gnd wire to switch as well.

Mount switch to pre drilled holes on battery box top/cover.

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Old 01-22-2015, 08:18 PM   #2
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Nice write up. I've done pretty much the same install except I put mine on the front instead of the top. I was all set to install mine on the frame when I saw a similar install on the box.

When I arrive home I either plug in or flip the switch until my next trip. Works great.
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Old 01-22-2015, 08:34 PM   #3
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I'd like to do this. I hadn't considered the possibility of mounting it on a lid. Seems like a good idea. But is the battery switch waterproof? The lid may get rained on if we have some weather while towing, or while the trailer cover is off at home during trip prep.
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Old 01-22-2015, 09:09 PM   #4
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How to install a battery disconnect to your Wildwood

I was also concerned about the water proof aspect of this, but I figure it's all plastic and sealed for the most part and covers the actual connections so it should last a decent amount of time in the elements...

I can also cover it with a plastic bag / rubber band / shower cap or some cover if required....

I mean it is a "Marine Battery Switch"

A review confirmed it is protected from elements with a gasket of some kind so that's good
News as well...

Worst case after 5-10 years I can buy a new one for 20$
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Old 01-22-2015, 09:17 PM   #5
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Old 01-23-2015, 01:00 PM   #6
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And no ones going to start the arguement that it should be the positive cable, not the negative?
Mine is on the negative also.
Nice write up.
Looks good.
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Old 01-23-2015, 02:29 PM   #7
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Well I don't know about this model, but on my Lacrosse 308RES I had the switch on the negative side and had to switch it over to the positive side.

I initially followed advice on this forum to put on negative side. But my battery was still draining. There was still a small voltage, 3 to 6 volts inside and the Radio and Propane detectors still stayed on draining the battery.

I put the switch on the positive side, and now everything is off.


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Old 01-23-2015, 05:19 PM   #8
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I should probably check to see if there is still draw from. Battery after the negative side is disconnected.

I know my LED awning lights don't work with I switch off but haven't checked those items mentioned above.

Without ground I am not sure how any electronic would function properly if at all...

But I could see how the battery might still drain a bit..

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Well I don't know about this model, but on my Lacrosse 308RES I had the switch on the negative side and had to switch it over to the positive side.

I initially followed advice on this forum to put on negative side. But my battery was still draining. There was still a small voltage, 3 to 6 volts inside and the Radio and Propane detectors still stayed on draining the battery.

I put the switch on the positive side, and now everything is off.


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Something fishy going on there....There is no way current can flow out of the battery without a ground being hooked up. I have had a few trailers where I hooked up a disconnect switch using the negative side of the battery and on all of them with the negative side of the battery disconnected the trailer had no power anywhere....Did you try unhooking the cable at the post that went to the trailer frame to see if that would kill all the power in your detectors. I'm thinking something else is going on there...If someone knows how this could happen I'm all ears.....
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I understand what you are saying. As I thought the same thing.

My guess is that maybe there is some sort of ground going on through the convertor as that is connected to the same buss inside.

I'm only stating the way it is working on my trailer, I suggest you check your own.

What was happening on mine, and the way I found this out was; my propane detector started going off continuously, the red light was on instead of green. And my radio memory (blue background) light remained on. And my battery voltage was still dropping over a few days. So I put the meter across the pos. and neg. terminals inside on the panel and found what I'm calling stray voltages between 3 and 6 volts..... Go figure.

So yesterday, I finally got a chance to switch it over from the negative to the positive side. The switch is located right at the battery as I did a post on it.

Battery Cut Off / Disconnect Switch

Anyway, now, with the switch "off", there is no voltage inside and the propane detector light and radio lights are off....
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