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Old 01-27-2015, 07:05 PM   #11
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Based on my experience I don't think the converter will have a problem. On our last 2 RV's I've only connected the batts when traveling or boondocking, when on shore power I disconnect the batts and run the 12V requirements off the converter. The battery water boil off is virtually zero.

If the RV is sitting for a long period (3-4 months) without the batts connected I connect them up for a day or so before we move to ensure that they are fully charged, I haven't checked but I don't suspect that they lose much charge over the period.
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Old 01-28-2015, 12:47 AM   #12
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How about one of these on each battery? I used one many years ago, and they work great.

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Old 01-28-2015, 12:55 AM   #13
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I guess they would work if they were easily accessible. They won't be if they are under the battery box covers that are screwed down. Normal batteries release hydrogen gas when charging. Better keep them covers on tight. Pretty sure battery disconnect switches on the frame would be easier to access.

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Old 01-28-2015, 02:49 AM   #14
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I guess they would work if they were easily accessible. They won't be if they are under the battery box covers that are screwed down. Normal batteries release hydrogen gas when charging. Better keep them covers on tight. Pretty sure battery disconnect switches on the frame would be easier to access.

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X2 on the battery disconnect switch being mounted on the frame.
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Old 01-28-2015, 05:20 PM   #15
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What a PITA! When truck is hooked up, everything has to line up just right to open the hatch to access this damn thing. Love yanking my batteries in and out 2x per year too!
Have a sailboat with the 2 battery selector... going to install that if it ever warms up! Dodged Snowmagedden the other day!
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Old 01-28-2015, 06:15 PM   #16
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Another option would be to put the battery disconnect in the forward section of the basement. I don't think that would be too difficult.
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Old 01-28-2015, 06:38 PM   #17
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Would it be illegal to install the switch in the driver's side propane locker?
Failing that it could to installed in the basement on the driver's side forward wall next to the Level Up components.
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Would it be illegal to install the switch in the driver's side propane locker?
Failing that it could to installed in the basement on the driver's side forward wall next to the Level Up components.

I don't think I'd want any type of spark around those LP tanks
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I don't think I'd want any type of spark around those LP tanks
I second this, I smell propane in my LP tanks areas all the time for various reasons. Mostly due to bad hoses which have finally been replaced, twice...
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Old 01-29-2015, 01:08 PM   #20
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Just as a comment - marine switches are spark proof as they are approved to be used in the engine compartment. One of the reasons I used it.
Having said that, I wish I would've thought to remote mount it. Only comment I would make is when you make the cables to go to the switch, make them quite a bit larger diameter than what is currently there as you are going a longer distance.

The other change I am making this year is to put in a MorRyde slide out battery tray and re-do the rats nest of factory wiring.
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