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Old 06-20-2020, 07:22 PM   #1
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We have a 2016 38RLS with the residential frig. I know I want to leave the frig doors open when storing. But when we shut everything down, meaning disconnect from shore power and turn the battery disconnect to off, the refrigerator lights are still on. What am I missing?
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Simple, you need to turn off the Inverter because the Inverter is Hard Wired to the batteries. But unless you pull a battery cable you will still run the batteries down if in storage for more than a few days.
Most pull the negative cable from the battery/ies, but if like ours the Inverter would still be getting power since it's hard wired.
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Well, it's simple, but it doesn't make sense. What does the battery disconnect switch do if it doesn't prevent power from the batteries?
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Well, it's simple, but it doesn't make sense. What does the battery disconnect switch do if it doesn't prevent power from the batteries?
For safety reasons the disconnect does not disconnect some 12 volt items, such as the CO/LP detector. In some cases, never tried on our RW, the electric slide motors such as your bedroom slide, if not powered the motors are in neutral & can move if the RV tilts.
As Michelle stated removing the negative cable that goes to ground will take care of everything except maybe the inverter, which I didn't have so am not sure.
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Some of the newer unit have a Battery Disconnect in the line to the inverter, not sure about your RW, I just know that the positive cable on ours goes thru 150 amp fuse then directly to the inverter.
Doesn't bother us as it always plugged in except during travel or if we have to overnite without power.
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smart woman right here!!!!
Thanks ladies for all your input.


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Old 06-24-2020, 05:26 PM   #7
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I just re-wired my disconnect switch to turn everything off. Can't really explain how because I did it years ago right after I found batteries dead with the switch off. It is a fact the co and propane detectors are still powered, probably true it is a legal thing, but I won't sue myself, so now I turn everything off with the switch. I just stared at the wiring and figured out which wire I had to move, I remember it was pretty simple.
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Rob and Kathy,
Thanks. Your suggestion is the winner, as I won't sue myself either.
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When we bought our Sequoia, we were told it was best for both the rest fridge to leave them powered up.
When we stored our rig in a RV storage lot we made sure we had at least 110v power available.
We kept the fridge cold with 110v and a extension cord. Cost us less than $10 a month
When we bought our retirement house we built our own metal rv covering, and wired a 50amp plug to the bldg and we keep air cond (80*) and fridge on full time.
This cuts way down on maint, and is less than $20 a month.
I was skeptical at first, but now am a believer
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I meant both air conditioner and residential fridge
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