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Old 12-01-2014, 04:28 AM   #1
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Main battery on/off switch

I took my RW to storage today and turned the battery switch to off. Before I left I hit the switch's that turns on the hitch light and the lights on the upper cap. They came on???? In my class A I hit two switches and "all" power was off. Is there another switch besides the one by the batteries? My luck some knuckle head will walk by my RW and say, hey I wonder what these two switches are for and leave them on killing my batteries. OK, maybe I am stretching it a little, but shouldn't ALL power be turn off when switching this battery switch off?
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Old 12-01-2014, 04:51 AM   #2
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Unfortunately some things are still powered. The levelers and slides and the lights you describe. I think most things that can be left on accidentally are off. Only way to shut down everything is to disconnect the batteries.


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Old 12-01-2014, 12:40 PM   #3
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Or re-wire the cutoff switch so that it is a true cutoff ..........
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I have a question about re-wiring the Battery Cutoff switch. Does anyone know what the real current rating is for that switch, because if you wire the battery through that switch before it hits the buss distribution bars, that would mean the current for the hydraulic pump would be running through that switch, and the pump can draw upwards of 80 amps. Wonder if before changing, should one in vest in a good heavy duty switch??
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Old 12-01-2014, 03:00 PM   #5
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I have a question about re-wiring the Battery Cutoff switch. Does anyone know what the real current rating is for that switch, because if you wire the battery through that switch before it hits the buss distribution bars, that would mean the current for the hydraulic pump would be running through that switch, and the pump can draw upwards of 80 amps. Wonder if before changing, should one in vest in a good heavy duty switch??


Are you implying that the RV industry might use cheep switches......say its not so..
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Old 12-01-2014, 04:03 PM   #6
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I would never do such a thing, but when I had to tighten the connection on mine it did seem to be the most heavy duty switch I've ever seen. Also I don't want WestLake tires on my RW either.
Just boggles the mind that they can make such nice units, then cheapen them up with other things.
BTW, have never used our Disconnect switch as the RW has never sat still long enough.
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I have a question about re-wiring the Battery Cutoff switch. Does anyone know what the real current rating is for that switch, because if you wire the battery through that switch before it hits the buss distribution bars, that would mean the current for the hydraulic pump would be running through that switch, and the pump can draw upwards of 80 amps. Wonder if before changing, should one in vest in a good heavy duty switch??
That's a very good point! Although I would think a battery switch would be rated for starting amps of upwards of 250A - but.......this is an RV
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Old 12-01-2014, 04:38 PM   #8
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Compared to the battery switch I use on my boat, this is a fairly light duty switch.
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Even with a full disconnect, does anyone know how long it might take two batteries to discharge themselves, if still left connected to each other?

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Old 12-01-2014, 10:33 PM   #10
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When I re-did the switches on mine I went to Marine Switches. Since I know they will handle the draw of a starter for a high performance Chevy Big Block I'm reasonably sure the hydraulic pump will not be a problem.


When I re-wired, I added a second switch to isolate the second battery. The few times we have dry-camped, since I don't have a genset (yet) I took the second battery offline so that I knew I had it in the morning for the jacks and slides.


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