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Old 10-31-2015, 06:54 PM   #111
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Thanks Alan, all summer I had every intention of pulling out the meter and checking to see if my plug was hot. If we stop for a quick overnight I do not unhitch or unplug. My obsessive compulsive twin self has woken up in the middle of the night (especially if the furnace is running), sleepily wondering if I am draining my trucks batteries.

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Old 10-31-2015, 07:10 PM   #112
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We do not stay hooked to the tow vehicle very often but if we do I always pull the plug. My headlights on the Highlander go off automatically and so I often forget to shut them off as I run with them on all the time. I noticed that if I don't switch them off, the Escape running lights stay on so I just go ahead and pull the plug. My checklist will catch plugging them in before we take off again. I'm running dual sixes and we are usually on the road enough each day or camp where there's some sun and the solar keeps them charged ok. I run the 5.0 cu ft refer on propane all the time, even when I have campground electric and keep the beer and pop in a cooler. I don't mind buying ice, every couple of days, just part of camping for us.
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Old 10-31-2015, 07:22 PM   #113
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he master switch "off" removes the batteries from the rest of the trailer circuits, (except for the propane detector in my '21). No lights, fans, pump, fridge, or battery changing, etc. But when the trailer is plugged into the tow vehicle, and depending on how the tow is wired, at some point there will be power to lights and everything else, and trailer batteries will take a charge when the master switch is back to "on".
That makes sense, because it is really a battery disconnect, rather than a master power switch. When it is off, the battery is disconnected (so no 12V DC power if you are not plugged into shore power or a generator or the tow vehicle), but if there is one of these alternative sources of power, all the 12V DC circuits are still powered.
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Old 11-01-2015, 12:46 AM   #114
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The switch is partly to make sure that there is no parasitic drain. Maybe you changed yours.
On my '21 the propane detector is next to the batteries (curb side) and the master switch is on the driver side. I didn't change that and I don't know ETI's logic behind it. I can live with that one parasitic drain - 120 milliamps as measured.

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My obsessive compulsive twin self has woken up in the middle of the night (especially if the furnace is running), sleepily wondering if I am draining my trucks batteries.

Scott and Lori
Flip the "master battery disconnect switch" to off. If the lights (and furnace) are still running then the juice is coming from somewhere. Either your tug or the WCO (sp?) converter if you are plugged in.

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Old 11-01-2015, 01:03 AM   #116
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Found if in storage and didn't switch battery power off propane detector would drain batteries . Pat
That is kind of the way I read it but will double check to be sure. The trailer is headed for storage Tuesday, and I don't need dead batteries when I want to use it next time. Loren
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That is kind of the way I read it but will double check to be sure. The trailer is headed for storage Tuesday, and I don't need dead batteries when I want to use it next time. Loren
Now I am thinking that ours may be the same as Alan's. On the 19', the detector was off with the switch off, but I am not so sure that is the case with the 21'. Does not matter on ours because we have solar but it does on yours.
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Now I am thinking that ours may be the same as Alan's. On the 19', the detector was off with the switch off, but I am not so sure that is the case with the 21'. Does not matter on ours because we have solar but it does on yours.
I was glad when I discovered I could shut all battery power down with that switch . I would hate to have to disconnect from the batteries when I need to . I also use when I am working on wiring . Very convenient. Pat
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I had a real world lesson on batteries last week I took my trailer up to Escape to get the warranty repairs ( and quick connect / outdoor shower) my trailer batteries were not charging so my trailer was drawing power from my Highlander ended up with a dead car battery- my car does not limit battery draw to just when it's running -always thought it would so now I will be un plugging when spending the night hooked up. I got two new batteries at Escape so everything is running great now.
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Fox Hunt - If you're a tinkerer, you can add a battery relay to the charge wire on the tow vehicle if you want to prevent the batteries from draining when not running. This one happens to be from a Ford diesel but it'd work on any vehicle.

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