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Old 12-03-2023, 07:50 PM   #1
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Battery shut off

Learning on our new Surveyor Legend 19ssle.
It's very different from our 2010 Keystone Passport so questions keep coming up.
Haven't taken it out yet, we had to move it out of the driveway today (HOA) and put it in the approved RV lot.
After disattaching the truck, we turned the knob for the battery to "off". But the jack still worked. We tried to figure out why there was still power to the jack.
Battery is still attache turned off, and, coming off tomorrow to go in the garage.
I'm learning how to do it all myself -- any answers appreciated.
Oh, husband had trouble installing the Haloview rear camera-- finally figured out the wire were reversed that fed off the rear light . (!!!!!)
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Old 12-03-2023, 07:56 PM   #2
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The battery disconnect as you just learned does not totally isolate the battery.
You are much better off installing your own if you want everything powered down.
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Old 12-03-2023, 08:09 PM   #3
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quite normal practice jack and some other devices are not controlled by cutoff switch
stabilizer and smoke/C0 alarms are also common

Smoke alarms will drain some of the battery so during storage a lot of people disconnect the main negative cable on the battery

OR the take batteries home and keep them on a trickle charger.
if storage will be longer than the colder months


would be good idea to read up on storage for the type of battery you have ...
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If there is power available at storage you can plug in a extension cord just to run the converter (Charger)


Or if you have solar and a good sunny snow free location you can use that
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Old 12-03-2023, 09:38 PM   #4
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The easiest way to make certain the battery is disconnected is to put the trailer in the storage spot.... then disconnect the negative battery cable by removing the cable. You're probably going to need a tool to take off the nut.
Just remember to reconnect it before you need to move it again.
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Old 12-10-2023, 08:57 AM   #5
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The easiest way to make certain the battery is disconnected is to put the trailer in the storage spot.... then disconnect the negative battery cable by removing the cable. You're probably going to need a tool to take off the nut.
Just remember to reconnect it before you need to move it again.
Good simple "old school" answer. Most factory battery shutoff devices leave certain electrical devices electrically connected for convenience and safety purposes. I wired my shutoff so that all electrical devices are disconnected.
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Old 12-10-2023, 09:48 AM   #6
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The jack and break away brake were still powered on mine. There are switches in the lines and the two of them draw no power when not engaged. The emergency brake makes sense so that I don't just hook up and drive away with no power to brake system.

The jack is something that I have debated because it would put an extra layer of antitheft (can't raise/lower tongue).
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Old 12-10-2023, 01:30 PM   #7
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The jack is something that I have debated because it would put an extra layer of antitheft (can't raise/lower tongue).
You would also have to make sure the aux power pin on the 7-pin connector was also disconnected from the jack power wire. In my two trailers, the aux power from the 7-pin connector, tongue jack, and emergency breakaway switch were all tied together and then straight to the + terminal of the battery, bypassing the battery disconnect switch.

To energize the tongue jack, just plug the 7-pin connector into a power source, even if the battery is completely removed.
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That's exactly what I had on my 2007 Rockwood Roo 23SS, for 10 years.
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