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Old 12-01-2013, 11:08 AM   #11
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Dave,
I agree, it's use is infrequent and I may replace it with a smaller, less obtrusive switch or remove and reinstall underneath the dinette. Just need to find one of those round hole covers someone found at Amazon. I installed a small red LED on my 19' switch to tell me when it was "ON" and the only time I turned it off was when I was not plugged in and letting the solar panel to charge the battery.
Solar is a little gentler on the batteries than the converter.
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Old 12-01-2013, 12:21 PM   #12
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I agree that checking with Escape for the current rating of the switch used in your 19 makes sense. In my 17B, it is a 30 amp switch wired with #10 wire through a 30 amp circuit breaker. If your wiring and circuit breaker are larger, a higher current rated switch would be required.

As Jim noted, the disconnect switch lets you shut off the trailer loads (including the propane detector), and, if you have the solar option, still keep the batteries charged.
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Old 12-01-2013, 12:23 PM   #13
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If you have your unit plugged into shore power when it is stored the battery cutoff switch is not needed. However, if you store without power you should always use the switch to shut off draw on the batteries. The risk is "phantom" loads or forgotten lights that will draw your battery below 50%.

Even if the trailer is going dormant for as little as a week I will cut the power from the batteries.
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Old 12-01-2013, 03:10 PM   #14
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I'm not even sure what you folks are talking about. I know battery cutoff switches are a popular mod with the Casita folks.. but still... anyone have a picture?
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Old 12-01-2013, 03:50 PM   #15
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Donna,
If you look at picture#9 posted Friday on my build you will see the toggle switch in the corner, this is the master battery switch, standard on Escapes. It disconnects your battery from all electrical connections in the unit, except for solar. Turning it off will prevent any parasitic drains from detectors.
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Old 12-01-2013, 03:52 PM   #16
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Here is the location and an image of what the switch looks like.
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Old 12-01-2013, 04:07 PM   #17
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I see guys, thanks it appears to be on the opposite side on the 21' vs 19'.. Doesn't matter, I just wanted to know where to find it and what it looked like. Thanks again!!
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Jim,I see you mention that the master battery switch is standard on all Escapes. Ours is a 2012 - without solar, and we do not have the switch, wish I did though.


Do others with a 17b and no solar have the switch?
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Jim,I see you mention that the master battery switch is standard on all Escapes. Ours is a 2012 - without solar, and we do not have the switch, wish I did though.


Do others with a 17b and no solar have the switch?
Hi: Chapitre... Only those Escape trailers with the battery stored inside a battery box under the dinette have the battery kill switch. Reace installs them as it's very hard to disconnect the battery for winter storage. Alf
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It also come when you have the solar option I believe. We do not have solar but had Reace add the disconnect switch for $25
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