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Old 02-25-2013, 08:07 AM   #11
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When I purchased my 2012 Sabre 31RETS-6 in January 2012 it did not come with at battery disconnect switch. I requested the dealer add one which they did. They located the switch in a very convenient place, on the left wall of the basement next to the 12 V plug and cable connection. They wired it into the fuse panel. When in the off position there is still 12 volt power to the front landing gear and bedroom slide. There does not seem to be any drain on the battery. The only thing I worry about is someone messing with my landing gear legs while it is at the storage facility. Goes to show you that dealer employees don't know a lot about what they are working on. I guess I should have made them change it but that would have required another trip back to the dealer. I have always installed these myself and put them near the battery and used the negative battery cable. Live and learn.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:11 AM   #12
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When I purchased my 2012 Sabre 31RETS-6 in January 2012 it did not come with at battery disconnect switch. I requested the dealer add one which they did. They located the switch in a very convenient place, on the left wall of the basement next to the 12 V plug and cable connection. They wired it into the fuse panel. When in the off position there is still 12 volt power to the front landing gear and bedroom slide. There does not seem to be any drain on the battery. The only thing I worry about is someone messing with my landing gear legs while it is at the storage facility. Goes to show you that dealer employees don't know a lot about what they are working on. I guess I should have made them change it but that would have required another trip back to the dealer. I have always installed these myself and put them near the battery and used the negative battery cable. Live and learn.
Why the negative terminal? I've always used the positive for the disconnect and the negative for the battery monitor shunt...
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:36 AM   #13
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Why the negative terminal? I've always used the positive for the disconnect and the negative for the battery monitor shunt...
^^^ That is a big debate here and elsewhere and a quick search will show you many good arguments for both negative and positive. I place mine off of positive because that is how we did it with our power and sail boats. Blue Sea recommends installing off of the positive terminal per American Boat and Yacht Council standards. I figure that the ABYC would have done their homework in order to recommend this to boaters as the repercussion of incorrect wiring are inherently more dangerous on a boat than on a trailer IMO. I guess I just default to their supposed authority.

edit: I should also add that I do not really see the danger in adding it to negative. Check out this discussion...

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Old 02-25-2013, 10:06 AM   #14
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Why the negative terminal? I've always used the positive for the disconnect and the negative for the battery monitor shunt...
The consensus among a lot of people was almost 50 - 50 to use the negative vs positive side. Since using the negative side was going to be a lot easier and quicker to complete the install, that was the reason.
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Either side (+ or -) accomplishes the same thing. In the 320RS the cutoff sw is in the basement, on the aft wall, stbd side. Seems like a long way from the batts. I bet there are other connections made either directly to the batts or at least before the cutoff sw so as to allow some parasitic drain to occur. Try turning OFF the cutoff sw then go thru EACH and EVERY DC circuit (probably at the fuse panel) and meter each one to see if there is power. If not, then check each DC power sw on ALL DC equip and see it turns ON. If it does, there is your drain. Check the propane detector and CO detector as well. They are usually hard-wired in to the DC system and NOT powered off by any sw or fuse. As TRIGUY has mentioned - if RV manufaturerers would go by what ABYC does (as far as electrical) RV's would be much better prepared to meet the travel and weather consequences we endure. Yeah, it would not be cheap.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:26 PM   #16
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Talked to dealer today about cut=off switch he had a 320 in service bay and went out and turned the switch off to see what it would kill and he said that he could not see anything that it turned off, he was going to call the Columbus factory and talk to them about it,also took batteries to a Interstate battery store as that was the brand that was put in and had them check then out and charge them they said all was fine with them and they charged them up will pickup later this week. Will let everyone know what dealer finds out.
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^^^ That is a big debate here and elsewhere and a quick search will show you many good arguments for both negative and positive. I place mine off of positive because that is how we did it with our power and sail boats. Blue Sea recommends installing off of the positive terminal per American Boat and Yacht Council standards. I figure that the ABYC would have done their homework in order to recommend this to boaters as the repercussion of incorrect wiring are inherently more dangerous on a boat than on a trailer IMO. I guess I just default to their supposed authority.

edit: I should also add that I do not really see the danger in adding it to negative. Check out this discussion...

Battery on/off -- Pos or Neg side?
Oh my, sorry I asked. I'm also a sailboat guy so it's positive. AND MY SWITCH IS RED. Lol
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Old 03-05-2013, 04:49 PM   #18
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For my two cents worth. I am planning on putting in a marine two battery switch close to the batteries in the front compartment. The marine switch is sealed so no sparks. I will also have the option of running on one or two at a time. Can't wait until my 320rs comes in.
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Got batteries put back in trailer this past weekend and tried the cut off switch to see what it turned off and all lights,co2, propane detector would not work with the switch off just the 6 point leveling worked, with the switch on all lights and co2 propane dect. worked just fine. I left the batteries in and will check this week to see if there is a draw on them with the cut off switch off. could the converter not be charging the batteries??? only camped in it 2 times last year as we took delivery of it in Nov.2012 both times plugged into power.
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The cutoff switch may disconnect the converter also? If you check voltage you can find out. With converter on and switch off the battery should be at 13.x volts. If not then not hooked up or not working.
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