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Old 03-10-2017, 08:10 PM   #1
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What is this switch in the dinette?

Okay, I've read the entire owner's manual front to back and I still can't figure out what this switch is for that's in the dinette area. There's mention of a battery cutoff switch (in the manual), but I don't know if this is it since there isn't a photo of what it looks like. It didn't come with any labels. I'm sure I was told during orientation, but it was too much to expect my brain to remember.

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Old 03-10-2017, 08:13 PM   #2
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Yep, battery cut off switch.
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That is the battery cutoff switch. Being on battery power and then turning off the switch will tell you in a hurry. Loren
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And don't forget that you need battery power to operate your refer even if it's running on propane. So if your refer won't start, check to make sure you haven't accidentally cut off your battery power.
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Thanks folks. Time to print another label out!

And, Karen, nice tip on the frig situation. Didn't know that about the propane.

I'm pretty sure it's in the Up position, so that means I've not cut off my battery supply. In the Down position I wouldn't be running off the trailer's battery, correct?

Do I need to flip this switch when I'm hooked to shore power? If not, when the heck do you use it?

I know there was mention of it in the manual, but I just looked and I couldn't find it. It's not listed in the Table of Contents nor did I find mention of it in the Electrical System section or the battery in the Care and Maintenance section.

Going nuts here trying to get last minute stuff figured out before Sunday! Ack!
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Do I need to flip this switch when I'm hooked to shore power? If not, when the heck do you use it?
No. The only time it would be off is during long term storage of the trailer. Any time you are using the trailer, it should be on.
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No. The only time it would be off is during long term storage of the trailer...
...and that is to eliminate any phantom load on your battery when the trailer is in storage.
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Thanks folks. Time to print another label out!

And, Karen, nice tip on the frig situation. Didn't know that about the propane.

I'm pretty sure it's in the Up position, so that means I've not cut off my battery supply. In the Down position I wouldn't be running off the trailer's battery, correct?

Do I need to flip this switch when I'm hooked to shore power? If not, when the heck do you use it?

I know there was mention of it in the manual, but I just looked and I couldn't find it. It's not listed in the Table of Contents nor did I find mention of it in the Electrical System section or the battery in the Care and Maintenance section.

Going nuts here trying to get last minute stuff figured out before Sunday! Ack!
Yes, you want that battery switch on. Not everyone has "on" facing the same way. Our "on" is up. I hope that they are staying with that but some have had the opposite. The switch will turn off your propane detector. Anyone with solar, with the switch off, their solar should still work as it is bypassed. We turn the switch off for storage. Someone working on the trailer might need it off for some reason.
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Old 03-10-2017, 10:50 PM   #9
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Laura, As others have mentioned, the propane detector is a vital safety feature whenever you are using the camper, but it appears to also be a real power hog on the on-board battery(ies). We have the solar option and want to rely on it to keep our single 12V battery charged up while we're not using the camper. But just one overcast, rainy day, and our battery dropped a full bar on the little graphic display. Sure, it charged right back up when the sun came out. But if it was garaged with no sunshine, based on the above, the battery could be dead in less than a week. But flip that toggle switch to "OFF" - no drain on the battery. Just be absolutely sure to flip it back ON when you start using the camper again. It's pretty easy to remember, because nothing (not even the dome or captain's lights) will work when it is OFF. It should have been labeled. Something that important, I bet ETI would send you one of their standard labels (which it should have had in the first place) to post below the switch.
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Hello NW cat owner.
So sorry about your loss.We are so attached to our dogs and cats.
Now, that battery switch at the dinette.I ordered a cover for it so I wouldn't get it shut off by accident.
Found the cover on Amazon for a few dollars,Shipped from California.Comes in different colours.Ordered a blue one to match upholstery.
Take care.
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