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Old 05-03-2013, 10:21 PM   #21
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I haven't tried to operate my slides or awning with the battery switch off, but I will, because my curiosity is now up..
Bob, I think the owner's manual states not to actuate the slide unless there is a battery in the system. Operating the slide with the battery cutoff switch in the off position is effectively the same thing as removing the battery from the circuit. I believe the reason for that caution is to prevent overloading the converter. If you get your "curiosity up" and start experimenting, you may damage your converter. Think it out before you start experimenting
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:34 AM   #22
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Very true. That is one reason that the large loads, slides & landing gear, are powered before the battery disconnect. There should be no parasitic loads associated with these components. That said, it appears that the control panel on my 2013 327res draws a slight amount of current to keep the "Panel Power" button dimly lit. This is evidenced by a slight arc when the negative battery lead is lifted. The panel itself is also powered before the disconnect switch. I'm still checking this out.
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:45 PM   #23
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Absolute Battery Cut-off Switch

I had a similar experience. I installed a for real battery cut-off switch in my Montana High Country.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:58 AM   #24
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I installed my own also, directly off the battery. I typically, never operate the slides with shore power connected always use only the battery. I have ended all parasitic draws.
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:09 AM   #25
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When installing a battery cutoff switch it is a good idea not to include the brake pull switch. If you forget to turn on batterys you will have e brake system operational. With 5ers the chances are less than a pull trailer.

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Old 06-23-2013, 02:33 PM   #26
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Battery Disconnect - For Sure

It's easy enough to install a "for sure" battery disconnect switch. I installed a second 12v battery (parallel), a keyed (lockable) battery disconnect (1, 2, or all) switch, and two Battery Tender chargers - just to have things under control. Just turn the dial/knob; no cables to disconnect/connect.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:56 AM   #27
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Someone in this thread states they store their battery over winter. But because it is toxic no doubt the reason for the shroud and venting to the exterior where would I store this thing?
Storing in our garage would be just as frigid as leaving it in the trailer.

So?
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:49 PM   #28
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As long as you keep your battery charged, it can be stored in "frigid" conditions and places. If you have a trickle charger, keep it in your garage - if you have A/C power - and hooked up to your battery. Today's batteries can be safely stored on concrete contrary to the belief/myth that some still hold that they can't.

I leave my batteries outside in the 5th all winter. Mind you, we don't get many that many days of below freezing temperatures but have had a couple of 1 - 2 week long periods of temps around -10C. When this happens, I plug in the 5th wheel to the house and use the converter charger to keep the batteries up. I also plug it in every so often throughout the winter for the same reason.
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Old 07-04-2013, 01:28 PM   #29
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Someone in this thread states they store their battery over winter. But because it is toxic no doubt the reason for the shroud and venting to the exterior where would I store this thing?
Storing in our garage would be just as frigid as leaving it in the trailer.

So?
I take out my battery and put in the garage over the winter on on a battery minder. My storage location does not have power so I can't plug in my battery minder there, which is the main reason why I take out the battery. Previously, I've just left the battery in over the winter without charging, and had a battery sulfinate in the spring. Figure it only takes about 2 minutes more when winterizing, and might save the cost of an $80-90 battery in the spring.
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:24 PM   #30
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I just don't like to disconnect battery cables.

I chose to leave the 5er wired as it was; but I just don't like to disconnect/re-connect the batteries - when it's necessary to kill the whole thing. I chose to add a second battery (both batteries individually fused) and a lockable disconnect switch close to the battery box. That way, I can easily choose to use the 5er's wiring system as designed, or I can choose to disconnect the entire system without disturbing the wires.
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