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Old 12-03-2013, 10:39 PM   #41
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If I had the disconnect switch, I'd have to remember which way is off and which is on.
There are labels for that.
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:16 PM   #42
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...If I had the disconnect switch, I'd have to remember which way is off and which is on.
If it is not off, then it must be on.
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:10 AM   #43
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Why? If the two batteries are in series (as two 6V batteries would be), it is only necessary to disconnect a single cable.
Duh....right you are!
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:56 AM   #44
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When I hookup up my external trickle charger on my dual 6v, I use the bypass switch to disconnect the batteries. I have alway wondered it if it necessary to do that?
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:35 PM   #45
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I think you should do what you are doing. But who knows?
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Old 12-24-2013, 02:01 AM   #46
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I can't imagine it does any harm either way. I use my disconnect switch to trickle charge periodically in winter storage as I leave the batteries disconnected when it's not going to be used for a while. Saves any of the small draws, like the LP detector, from draining them. Used to pull the cables for the winter before I installed the switch.
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Old 02-05-2014, 03:34 AM   #47
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The main battery switch should be turned off most of the time the trailer is in storage - because the propane detector is on all the time, thus will gradually drain the batteries. Even if the Escape is connected to AC, turn off the DC. But note: Do turn it on for a day or two from time to time, while hooked to AC, to re-charge the batteries.
2nd note: I tried to run my fridge on DC while I drove down the road, and it nearly emptied the batteries. Apparently my truck wiring does not carry enough current to replace the fridge drain on the batteries. I switched to using ice in the fridge while driving, it works fine.
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Old 02-05-2014, 06:20 AM   #48
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Apparently my truck wiring does not carry enough current to replace the fridge drain on the batteries. I switched to using ice in the fridge while driving, it works fine.
Or, it could be the alternator in the tug. Ice works tho. I guess you didn't want to run down the road on propane...
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Old 02-05-2014, 11:17 PM   #49
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Even if the Escape is connected to AC, turn off the DC. But note: Do turn it on for a day or two from time to time, while hooked to AC, to re-charge the batteries.
I'm curious to know why you feel it's important to turn off the battery switch if connected to AC while in storage. Why wouldn't I want to leave the battery connected so it's maintained at some sort of float charge without me remembering to switch it on occasionally to be recharged?
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Old 02-05-2014, 11:41 PM   #50
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Sometimes, if batteries are constantly plugged in there is a possibility of "boiling" and you can lose some of your liquid. It is always a good habit to check your battery liquid once a year and add distilled water if need be. Other than that consequence, there is no need to turn "off" the battery. I have solar and every once in awhile I'll turn my switch off for 2 weeks and let the solar do it's job. Solar charging is more gentle on the battery.
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