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Old 11-18-2015, 02:20 PM   #1
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Do people turn off battery when they are set up? Or do you just leave it on. Best forum to get a clear answer from the best. Battery 101. Thanks

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Old 11-18-2015, 06:29 PM   #2
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I leave my battery turn on since the 12V electrical system requires the battery to operate correctly. Most of the lights and some of the electrical devices are 12V only. The battery is like an accumulator and provides a safe source of 12V energy when needed.
With my former two campers; the electrical slides would not operate unless the battery was in the circuit even on shore power. So I have learned to leave the battery in the circuit and turned on. The only time the battery is disconnected is when the camper is in storage.

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Old 11-18-2015, 06:37 PM   #3
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Thanks Jim that fully answers my question.
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Old 11-18-2015, 06:50 PM   #4
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When you say "set up", is that with electric hookups or not?

If dry camping or boondocking, turning off the battery means no power to the lights, water pump, fridge/freezer, water heater, radio, fans and so on.

If hooked to electric, turning off battery may result in it not being recharged by the converter.
And as Jim said, some things may require an active battery, even when hooked to power.
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