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Old 10-20-2017, 04:20 PM   #11
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The following is Reace's recommendation if your solar panel is covered over the winter.
If you can leave the trailer plugged in, that would be the easiest method. Having said that, plug the trailer in to shore power for a day or so to ensure the batteries are fully charged. Turn the battery isolator switch to 'OFF' and disconnect the shore power. Two or three times over the winter, plug the trailer in and turn the battery isolator switch on for a day to top the batteries back up then switch the isolator back off. The batteries will not freeze as long as they are fully charged
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Old 10-20-2017, 04:33 PM   #12
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Thanks Miguezc. Is the battery isolation switch under the dinette? I didn't know this switch was connected to the charging circuit. I thought the isolation switch just cut all 12 volt power to the camper?
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Old 10-20-2017, 04:48 PM   #13
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Hi,
Yes the battery isolation switch is under the dinette. Disconnecting it is mainly to prevent ghost power being used and drawing power from your battery.
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Old 10-20-2017, 05:10 PM   #14
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Thanks Miguezc. Is the battery isolation switch under the dinette? I didn't know this switch was connected to the charging circuit. I thought the isolation switch just cut all 12 volt power to the camper?
It's connected to the charger, but not to the solar charge controller if you have the factory solar install. My batteries will charge via solar regardless of the isolator switch position.
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Old 10-20-2017, 07:49 PM   #15
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Et uses mild steel connectors on the batteries , they rot off after 2 years ( of course ) Try and get marine grade copper for a longer life span . even stainless is an upgrade . If a connection is failing the battery wont charge or discharge properly .
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Old 10-20-2017, 07:56 PM   #16
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Et uses mild steel connectors on the batteries , they rot off after 2 years ( of course )
Strange. Mine are in like new condition after almost 10 years. Have had to clean them a couple times.
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Old 10-20-2017, 08:03 PM   #17
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Yes the battery isolation switch is under the dinette. Disconnecting it is mainly to prevent ghost power being used and drawing power from your battery.
I did this when my trailer was stored at my brothers house in Montana. I kept a light turned on all winter that way I was sure not to forget to turn the isolated switch off. The light was on while charging and went off with the isolator switch.
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Old 10-20-2017, 08:45 PM   #18
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Et uses mild steel connectors on the batteries , they rot off after 2 years ( of course ).
Of course?? The ones on our 6 year old 17 still looked like new when I sold it.
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Old 10-20-2017, 08:47 PM   #19
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Strange. Mine are in like new condition after almost 10 years. Have had to clean them a couple times.
Well your the lucky one , mine where rotten right off .
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Old 10-20-2017, 09:24 PM   #20
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Ours is stored in the open in AZ and just shut the battery switch off. You can’t put more solar charging in when stored than we do and our Interstate batteries look like new. Certainly not an expert but sounds like you just got some defective batteries.
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