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Old 07-30-2015, 07:38 PM   #1
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I am living full time in my trailer (my live aboard boat sank) and i am wondering what should my disconnect switch should be ...in or out...and what does each of these mean ???

i have check other disconnect topics but i still don't know when it should be on or off and which way is on or off ???

when i'm parked with shorepower where should it be and when hooked up for travel should it be changed and to what ???

sometimes i think i just can't grasp the electric power thing and what to do...thanks for any help !!!
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Old 07-30-2015, 08:39 PM   #2
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On my camper, when the switch is pulled out, the shore power or TV will charge the battery. When pushed, the is no connection to the camper battery.
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Even when you are parked and hooked up to shore power, you probably should still leave the battery switch in the connected position (on my trailer, slightly pulled out from the panel). The battery will get a trickle charge from the converter so that it stays in top condition. Otherwise, if it is disconnected, it will discharge slowly, which can reduce battery life.
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You may want to consider adding the year and model number of your FunFinder to your signature line or at least mentioning it in your post. That way if someone has the same trailer, perhaps they will give more accurate advice. You will sometimes find on this forum that the advice is really great if you happen to have the same model and year as the writer. And sometimes it does not apply to your trailer model at all. That being said, my experience with the push-pull knob on my FF is the same as profdant139. Perhaps your unit is the same.
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Old 08-02-2015, 10:14 AM   #5
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i am wondering what should my disconnect switch should be ...in or out...and what does each of these mean ???

when i'm parked with shorepower where should it be and when hooked up for travel should it be changed and to what ???
If I understand what you're asking, the disconnect switch disconnects the battery from the rest of the trailers electrical system. In other words the battery is isolated. So the only time you may need to disconnect it is when it's in storage, When you're parked with shorepower you can leave it connected. The funfinder power converters have a trickle charge feature so you won't overcharge the battery. And when you are towing you ALWAYS need to have the battery connected as it supplies the power to engage the trailer brakes.
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thanks to all...i now have it figured out...your help is invaluable !!!
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