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Old 06-02-2012, 04:28 PM   #1
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Battery bypass switch

Hi, I have a 19' escape with a group 27 12v battery with a bypass switch. I broke the toggle off and was looking to replace it. Looking on the web I saw that switches come with ratings from 20 amps on up to 1000. Do I need anything move than a 20 amp switch?

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Old 06-02-2012, 05:29 PM   #2
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Re: Battery bypass switch

I'd go to the source and ask Reace what they install at the factory.

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Old 06-02-2012, 06:07 PM   #3
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Re: Battery bypass switch

this one is 100 amps
http://www.batterymart.com/p-battery...ff-switch.html
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Old 06-02-2012, 07:10 PM   #4
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Re: Battery bypass switch

I broke mine off as well, I just removed it and took it to the local hardware store. They had a replacement in stock. Slightly different throw arm but completely interchangeable.
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Re: Battery bypass switch

I hope you found yourself a good switch.
Speaking of the switch, do we only turn it off for storage? Or just keep it off all of the time if we do not boondock? The car is still charging the trailer batteries when the switch is off? We do not know if the switch ever needs to be on if we plug into shore power almost all of the time. Is there any reason that it needs to be on if never in use? Thanks.
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:17 PM   #6
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Re: Battery bypass switch

It depends on how it is wired. The intent of the switch is to isolate the battery from any parasitic draws inside the trailer while off. While off you will not be charging the battery nor is it discharging.
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Re: Battery bypass switch

Actually on further thought, Jim, from what you say, I guess we would want to have it charging while towing and while plugged into shore power. After just having it out lately for short trips, we now have the switch off while in storage for weeks. So I guess we would want to turn it back on the next time out. Thank you.
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Old 12-01-2013, 05:57 AM   #8
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Is the battery switch standard on the 19'. I ordered the 2 6 volt
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It has been standard in the past. If you are going to have the front dinette in the bed position with much frequency you may wish to ask the switch be relocated. On our 19 it is located at the very front on the trailer and very difficult to access with the table in the bed position.

If you relocate the switch you may need to install a different style as our original switch had a long throw arm that was broken off quickly. An easy replacement.
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It has been standard in the past. If you are going to have the front dinette in the bed position with much frequency you may wish to ask the switch be relocated. On our 19 it is located at the very front on the trailer and very difficult to access with the table in the bed position.

If you relocate the switch you may need to install a different style as our original switch had a long throw arm that was broken off quickly. An easy replacement.
This is a bit confusing to me. I use my battery cutoff switch to shut off power to all devices when I put my trailer away in storage for the winter. The switch does not have to be readily accessible as it is used so infrequently. It seems to me that this is the intended use for the switch. Are others using the switch for some other purpose while camping that would require an easily accessible location for the switch?
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