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trailernovice

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We 'weekend', and between trips I disconnect the battery to keep it from draining...the drill is: undo the bungees, open the battery box, disconnect the cable and get it out of the way, then close the battery box...then, same procedure in reverse when we hook up again

I've heard of folks who use a battery disconnect switch to save time and hassle...any switch preferred over others? are these easy to install? (probably won't mess with it if it involves a trip to the shop)


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I have used this type for years. I put it on the negative wire that connects to the frame of the travel trailer.
I put it right on the frame you just reach down and its right there.

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Cliford wrote:

I have used this type for years. I put it on the negative wire that connects to the frame of the travel trailer.
I put it right on the frame you just reach down and its right there.

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Clifford, I am glad you haven't had any problems..
One thing about this type of disconnect.. MAKE SURE IT IS TIGHT! I just about burned a car with this exact one. I prefer the throw switch type. Use caution with any disconnect and yes use one to save that battery if you are storing for quite some time without a float charger.
Cheers and be safe
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I really like the rotarty style switch. You can buy a variety for single/dual type setups. Probalby a bit more $$ though. You can bolt it to the outside of your batt box.

http://www.thechandleryonline.com/product_info.php?cPath=4_145&products_id=836

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I have the same switch as Daryll has and you could even mount it to your battery box. It works great for me, and I agree that long term storage requires a float charger.

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Blue Sea switches are the way to go. I've got one mounted to my battery box and it works and looks good.

I also bought a 5 watt duracell solar charger as a battery maintainer. Been using it for about a year and it keeps my battery topped off when not in use. Bought it at Lowes solar charger

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I second the Blue Sea Circuit Breaker as I wanted to eliminate the main fuse while I was at it. Has worked like a charm so far.


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I have used a double throw blade electric fence switch for years. I just mount it to the battery box underside. I always use the positive lead because there could be an item in the trailer which is not connected to the negative side of the battery but is still grounded. The switch is very cheap and easy to use.


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Posted: 08/09/11 08:53am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Harbor Frieght sells a twist handle one for less than $10 that I mounted on the outside under the TT on the neg side primary so I can just turn it on and off easily. Had to manufacture a mount but it was pretty easy.


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