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Old 08-24-2012, 08:37 AM   #1
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Battery Disconnect

On the Columbus 5th wheels. Leaving the battery Disconnect on while plugged into 110 is a good way to keep battery charged
When you are Not using your unit make sure the disconnect is off so battery won't drain.
The battery will Not supply Gas Leak detector nor any other item if it's disconnected.
I certainly hope this clears up some issues
Thanks
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:23 PM   #2
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Good battery info on another thread.
battery drain (dead)

Talk to fishing guys that run the 24 and 36 volt trolling motors - bass and walleye boats. They will give you good advise on deep cycle batteries, automatic chargers with built in battery conditoners, disconnect switches, etc. Can't find a fishing fanatic, go talk to the boat/marine sales staff at Cabelas, Bass Pro Shops, etc. Basically you get what you pay for when it comes to deep cycle batteries. Simply lift batteries. The heavier they are, the longer they hold a charge AND the more they cost.

On a side note......I bought one of those new Indian motorcycles in 2009. Pretty good bike but she has a dark secret. With all the new computer controls the battery would be dead in 3 weeks if you didn't plug it in or at least go for a ride every other week.

As the new RVs get more and more electronic goodies added to them they are more and more like a dang nice comfortable house. Especially the Columbus models! Keep them plugged in or when power is not available, rotate the battery disconnect switch to off or your battery will be dead before you know it.

Even when things are off, electronics are still using a little bit of battery power. It really doesn't take much to kill a battery. Go leave the dome light on in your car. Leave that little dome light on for 5 days and guess what, your car doesn't start. That little trickle of power from one small bulb is the same thing your RV is going through when you leave it sit for 5 days during the work week and you go back to your sight on the weekend. If your RV wasn't plugged AND the battery switch was on, you may end up with a dead battery.
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Old 08-25-2012, 06:10 AM   #3
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I would like to install a battery disconnect switch in my sabre, but I don't see a good place to mount it. The battery is in a well below the basement on my model. Also the cables bolt on to a screw post so i can't use one of those post type disconnects.

If there is there anyone out there who added a surface mount batt switch to this type of battery please let me know what you did..
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Old 08-25-2012, 08:49 AM   #4
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I would like to install a battery disconnect switch in my sabre, but I don't see a good place to mount it. The battery is in a well below the basement on my model. Also the cables bolt on to a screw post so i can't use one of those post type disconnects.

If there is there anyone out there who added a surface mount batt switch to this type of battery please let me know what you did..
Blue Seas Systems makes a bunch of diffrent types of battery disconnects that surface mount.
shouldnt be all that hard to find a remote location high enough where it wont get hit but easily accesible
Here is a link to their disconnects.
I would look at the surface mount one's cause they have a plastic cover on the back so if you mount it near metal it will be protected

m-Series (Mini) Battery Switches - PN - Blue Sea Systems

if you have two batteries you can use one for two batteries

I would get the next size larger wire to install between the batteries and the disconnect. (if you have 8 gauge wire on the camper now - I would run 6 gauge between the batteries and the disconnect)

find a good location to mount the disconnect and then figure out out long of wire you need and add an extra foot or two for just in case
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This is the inexpensive fix - a battery quick disconnect terminal. Look at page 8 of this brochure for terminal a switche ideas. http://www.noco-usa.com/pdf/Noco-Cat...inals-Lugs.pdf

That terminal with the green knob is a 4 dollar item at Menards..
Quick Disconnect Battery Terminal at Menards

That Blue Sea switch mentioned above looks great. The marine industry is a harsh environment for batteries. Moisture, vibration, salt air, corrosion, you get the idea. The boating industry has a lot of products that would work great in the RV industry. West Marine and Overtons are excellent stores for boating supplies.

Baking soda and water mixed into a past works great for cleaning corrosoion off of battery terminals. A can of Coke or a can of spray starting fluid works also. Once terminal and cables are clean and refastened, use a can of aerosol white lithium grease sprayed on terminals to keep corrosion away.

That spray can of starting fluid works great on traIler light connectors especially those small 4 pin flat style. It blasts that powdery junk away and evaporates quckly. Field tested on boats, riding mowers, and snowmobile by me. Money cheerfully refunded if your not satisfied.
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On the Columbus 5th wheels. Leaving the battery Disconnect on while plugged into 110 is a good way to keep battery charged
When you are Not using your unit make sure the disconnect is off so battery won't drain.
The battery will Not supply Gas Leak detector nor any other item if it's disconnected.
I certainly hope this clears up some issues
Thanks
Chris
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