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Old 05-23-2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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Help - "Battery Disconnect" on Mini-Lite -- what does it control?

We have a 2012 Mini-Lite 2109S, and are getting ready to leave tomorrow sometime for a Memorial Day weekend campout. This will be our first trip with this new TT, so I am still figuring some things out.

Below is a pic of a push-pull switch labelled "Battery Disconnect" that is below the refrigerator on the back wall. It definitely is not a real battery disconnect, as so far, I have been unable to determine what if any electrical items that it shuts off the power to. And I don't know if it does happen to kill the power to something, whether on is out or in. I can't find anything in my Owner's Manual about it.

For anyone with a Mini-Lite that has one of these switches pictured below, could you please tell me what it does, or is supposed to do, and which way is on or off, in or out? Thanks in advance for any input!

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Old 05-23-2012, 08:45 PM   #2
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someone with a 2012 will have to help or verify what info I am posting

my 2011 2306 did not come with this option - which is new for 2012 models.

If I am not mistaken - pulled out is off and pushed in is on - and it does just what it says - disconnects the battery so it will not drain the battery when the camper is in storage for extended periods of time.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:49 PM   #3
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If you are still HOOKED to shore power when you use the disconnect EVERYTHING will still work .
until you unplug from shore power .
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:41 PM   #4
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If you are still HOOKED to shore power when you use the disconnect EVERYTHING will still work .
until you unplug from shore power .
OK, that explains it. I had thought that even when on shore power, that because the lights are 12V, the switch should kill them. But now I understand how they wired it.

On ours:
Out is ON,
IN is OFF

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Old 05-24-2012, 12:38 AM   #5
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I had that style of battery disconnect knob installed on the outside of my trailer near the battery box. On my trailer the knob pushed "In"= off and pushed "Out"= on.
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:43 AM   #6
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Pull it out for your battery power, and push it in to disconnect. It kinda the opp. of what you think, I have to watch how I store things around it so a shift of anything next to it will not disconnect my power while traveling. You would think that it should be in for power out for disconnect.
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:10 AM   #7
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Factory Batt switch

On my TT I use to have the TV would not charge the batteries if it was not in the on position.......not sure if that applies to the converter also?

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OK, that explains it. I had thought that even when on shore power, that because the lights are 12V, the switch should kill them. But now I understand how they wired it.

On ours:
Out is ON,
IN is OFF

Thanks everyone!
No worries!
I wondered if it still was plugged in.
We all loose our minds once and awhile.
Have a great day.
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I have a 2012 Rockwood 2109S and if you are disconnected from shore power, this will disconnect the battery from all 12vdc loads to prevent the battery from discharging over a period of time due to the parasitic loads.
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If I turn off the battery disconnect while traveling, wouldn't the electric from the battery run the fridge? Doesn't the battery charge while connected to the TV while traveling? Is this right, would it not drain my battery?

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