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Old 09-09-2016, 01:46 PM   #11
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I understand the concept of a battery cut off switch. Would like to know how and when to use it. I have one but have never used it. I take the battery in during winter months storage.
I disconnect the battery anytime that I'm not actively using the camper AND I don't need 12v on inside for some reason (for instance, if when I needed the fridge on right before or after a trip).

Without a disconnect, I found that my battery would be dead in less than a week from parasitic draws (propane/CO detectors, radio, etc.).
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Old 09-09-2016, 05:59 PM   #12
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Thank you for the information. I keep my unit plugged into my 30 amp service at home. Is it still important to use the battery kill switch even though unit is not being used?
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Old 09-09-2016, 09:54 PM   #13
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Thank you for the information. I keep my unit plugged into my 30 amp service at home. Is it still important to use the battery kill switch even though unit is not being used?

Not really. Monitor the water level in the battery/ies and you should be fine.
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Old 09-09-2016, 10:36 PM   #14
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If you disconnect the battery it won't charge.
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Old 09-10-2016, 04:31 PM   #15
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I'm one that believes you can overcharge a battery even if you're inverter has a so called "trickle charger" built in. I burnt up two batteries with my former camper by leaving them connected while hooked to shore power at home. My current camper stays hooked to shore power at home. I leave the A/C on set at 80 , and the outside fridge running to keep water cooled. I disconnect the battery at this time. I try to remember to turn it back on a couple of days before going camping, IF I can remember.
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I used a marine switch and mounted inside my battery box for a clean look. I put it on the positive. I also cleaned up the wireing on the front of my trailer as it was just thrown in there from the dealer.
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Old 09-12-2016, 11:25 PM   #17
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I used a couple of those cheap switches once and they didn't last very long when exposed to the outside elements. If you can put them inside they should be okay but keep them out of the rain or they will corrode real fast.
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