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Old 07-18-2017, 06:48 AM   #11
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Thank you so much, it's what we suspected ... we have so much to learn! So happy for your experience to guide us newbies through
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Old 07-18-2017, 07:05 AM   #12
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I pull out the switch (on position) and leave it there.
Our Shasta doesn't have one. Some new units don't either.
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Old 07-18-2017, 11:03 AM   #13
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.....we turned the main battery switch off. And it stayed off as we drove home. The battery seems almost dead again. Now we're thinking that if the master battery switch is in the off position, the battery won't charge. Any thoughts?
The ONLY time that switch should be off, is when your trailer is parked in your driveway, and not in use for a few weeks. It will prevent any possibility of your trailer battery slowly discharging when you aren't using your trailer.

Like Eagle said, leave it on and forget it. Except as described above.

And like someone else mentioned, I was quite shocked to find out that my emergency brake away switch would not work unless that master battery switch was left on during transit!! (and the battery wasn't being charged)
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Old 07-18-2017, 11:38 AM   #14
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We remove the battery if we park it with no shore power for a long time. But we camp so frequently that it will be late October before that happens. We sure do love our old trailer with the new insides.
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Old 07-18-2017, 12:00 PM   #15
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Keep mine plugged into shore power when at home so switch is always on & battery is fully charged when getting on the road.

When the camper goes in for winter storage, the battery is removed and put on a battery tender....so actually, never turn the switch off.
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The only time I turn off the battery switch is when I am installing the battery or removing it. The disconnect switch helps avoid shocks. Please do not ask me how I discovered this.
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Hey DiverRick and Dragonflly,
We discussed another issue with the battery disconnect switch. Depending on its location, it can be inadvertently turned off!! Mine is located in my storage area and as you probably already learned, pulled is on, pushed in is off (or at least that's how mine works). Well, if a person is not careful with hoses, blocks, tools, or whatever, they could push the switch in. We discussed this a while back and most folks have installed a guard to help preclude this from happening... I used a steel conduit U-Clamp to protect mine... see pics...
Unprotected and Protected... This has worked well for me since 2014...
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Keep mine plugged into shore power when at home so switch is always on & battery is fully charged when getting on the road.

When the camper goes in for winter storage, the battery is removed and put on a battery tender....so actually, never turn the switch off.
I do the same, except for the winter storage part.
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.....Mine is located in my storage area.....
I can't even imagine who the rocket scientist was that decided to put the switch there.... At least they are now usually installed on the panel inside with all the other buttons. (where mine is labelled "Out = On" since I can't seem to remember......)

Your fix was simple and works. I wonder how many other owners don't even know its in there and are wondering why their battery is never charged up!
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As far as keeping the battery charged, I use my portable solar panel (50 watts) to charge it when the trailer is sitting along side the house. I lay the panel on the roof and It is directly hooked up thru a solar panel controller that bypasses the main switch. Keeps the battery about 90 -95 percent charged.
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