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Old 02-20-2013, 10:02 AM   #11
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What exactly is the disconnect switch for? Is it cutting power to the whole camper or is it there for another purpose?

All of the campers that I have had have carbon monoxide detectors in them that will run the battery down if it is not disconnected which is not good for the batteries to discharge fully asll the time, so that is why I have them to disconnect the batteries. I have never had a bad battery since I have done this.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:07 AM   #12
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All of the campers that I have had have carbon monoxide detectors in them that will run the battery down if it is not disconnected which is not good for the batteries to discharge fully asll the time, so that is why I have them to disconnect the batteries. I have never had a bad battery since I have done this.
Radio is also a draw.
12v tv if you have one.
Lp leak detector if its separate from the co detector.
Some units have 12v fire alarms.

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What exactly is the disconnect switch for? Is it cutting power to the whole camper or is it there for another purpose?
In general, a battery disconnect is used to simply isolate a battery from its load OR to switch between banks of batteries.

You would isolate in an RV to avoid the parasitic draws mentioned above. The battery will still deplete over time but at a much slower pace. The parasitic draws on my trailer would run my battery bank down to a 50% SOC within a couple of weeks, but my batteries will last several months if disconnected.

The first picture below will allow you to isolate and that is it. This works well for one 12-volt battery or a bank of two 6-volt batteries.




Some disconnects allow more functionality. The second picture shows a disconnect that allows you to switch between batteries, use both batteries or disconnect all. This works well with two 12-volt batteries or two banks with each bank containing two 6-volts. There are several combinations.

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Old 02-20-2013, 10:34 AM   #14
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In general, a battery disconnect is used to simply isolate a battery from its load OR to switch between banks of batteries.

You would isolate in an RV to avoid the parasitic draws mentioned above. The battery will still deplete over time but at a much slower pace. The parasitic draws on my trailer would run my battery bank down to a 50% SOC within a couple of weeks, but my batteries will last several months if disconnected.

The first picture below will allow you to isolate and that is it. This works well for one 12-volt battery or a bank of two 6-volt batteries.

Some disconnects allow more functionality. The second picture shows a disconnect that allows you to switch between batteries, use both batteries or disconnect all. This works well with two 12-volt batteries or two banks with each bank containing two 6-volts. There are several combinations.
I have the second disconnect style you've pictured and I like it well.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:11 AM   #15
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Thanks everyone for the answers. I'm on my first camper and learning a lot here.
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Thanks everyone for the answers. I'm on my first camper and learning a lot here.
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I have the second disconnect style you've pictured and I like it well.
That's a nice one. I've used that Blue Sea 6007 in boats.


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Thanks everyone for the answers. I'm on my first camper and learning a lot here.
Good to hear!
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Doesn't Forest River install a battery disconnect switch from the factory on all of their trailers? My new 2013 Windjammer 3006W has one in the v-nose next to the propane bottles. It is a push-pull switch.
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Not on my 2012. It came later in the year for Rockwood and Flagstaff hybrids.
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On my last 5er I did noty have one either and my battery kept going dead when I was not plugged in so I purchased a battery terminal disconnect switch because it is small and fit under the battery cover. I pais 9.99 for it. I foi=und one online and here is the link.

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/mo...FZE-MgoddVwACA

Funny thing... I haven't installed my switch yet and I found one of those in my tool chest last night.. forgot what the heck it was and then it hit me, kinda like a V8 juice.... A FREAKIN BATTERY DISCONNECT!!!
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