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Old 09-08-2013, 06:56 PM   #1
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Battery Switch Guard

We've had a couple of instances of inadvertently switching off our battery by bumping it while sitting at the dinette (once in the middle of a travel day while running the fridge on 12V.....predictable results). The switch handle is pretty long and very easily moved, so I thought about either replacing the switch with some sort of locking or turning switch. Before going to all that trouble, I thought I'd try a guard of some sort. The photos are pretty self-explanatory I think. I could also have made this out of sheet aluminum, but the wood matches the decor.
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:00 PM   #2
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Ingenious solution. As we always keep our dinette set up as a bed I have to opposite problem - needing to use a broom handle to turn it on and off.
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Yep, thought about those, but the handle on the switch is too long for them. I could have gone in several directions with this if picking a new switch, but wanted to see if a simple guard would work first.
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If the switch is "on", does that mean the battery is disconnected?
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:44 PM   #6
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Ingenious solution. As we always keep our dinette set up as a bed I have to opposite problem - needing to use a broom handle to turn it on and off.
Do you only turn it on and off to work on the battery? I have 2 batteries. One on the rear bumper and the other in a sealed case under the rear bed. I leave the switch on all the time.
If the switch is up, the battery is connected.
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Thanks, I couldn't decide if the "on" meant the switch was on, ergo the battery was disconnected, or the reverse.
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Do you only turn it on and off to work on the battery? I have 2 batteries. One on the rear bumper and the other in a sealed case under the rear bed. I leave the switch on all the time.
If the switch is up, the battery is connected.
I turn it off when Blue is in storage. The propane/carbon monoxide detector is always draining on the battery otherwise. I have an external battery maintainer that I use over the (long) winters.
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