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Old 09-05-2017, 09:59 AM   #1
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Battery draw when not using

What do most people do when not using camper for say a month or more, and not plugged into 110 shore power. I know there is a draw on the battery because of things like the radio light and perhaps there are other things using battery power. Another clue is a spark at the battery when I reconnect the battery cable. Do most just undo the battery cable or is there another method at the converter or better method. Still learning the ropes to having a trailer. Model is a 2011 ST25RB Sunset Trail.
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Old 09-05-2017, 11:28 AM   #2
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Most everybody who can't plug in, have installed a battery disconnect.

https://www.amazon.com/Post-Battery-.../dp/B001N729FS
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Old 09-05-2017, 11:35 AM   #3
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Thank lloyd. That's kinda the answer I was looking for. Disconnect the battery is the key, by whatever means possible.
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Old 09-05-2017, 12:32 PM   #4
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I really like this brand from camping world. Probably can get it on eBay also.
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Old 09-05-2017, 03:14 PM   #5
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I like that switch also Papa T, I agree adding a switch is the answer. Just went out to trailer to surmise where I might add it and just opening up the battery box again with that strap, location, and the pain in the a$$ it is, makes this an easy sell and smart solution.
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Old 09-05-2017, 04:21 PM   #6
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I used the same type of switch. Mounted it right above the battery box in the front end of my 5th wheel.

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Old 09-05-2017, 05:06 PM   #7
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Thanks again PAPA-T, I just ordered that same switch. https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00...0?ie=UTF8&psc=
Thanks 55wed55 for that pic, like that mounting spot, but for me I'll have to weld myself up a neat little bracket for right beside the battery box that should give me my best option and handy comfort.
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On mine the battery is in the large front storage on the right side of the storage. So on mine I have another storage compartment on the drivers side of 5er which is adjacent to the large storage where the battery is. So I drilled two 1" holes from the large storage into the other compartment. I ran the heavy wires from the battery through the two 1" holes (also put the wires through a 3/4 rubber hose which protects the wires going through the holes I drilled. So, when I want to turn off the disconnect switch I don't have to lean in the large compartment to turn the switch on or off. I simply open the side storage door and the switch is mounted there, (no leaning in to reach the switch).
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Old 09-05-2017, 06:00 PM   #9
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PAPA-T, Yea I have to admit I like the ideal of getting the switch out of the elements, I might have to take a more detailed look to making that happen. Would you happen to know what gauge wire the battery cables are made of? Just incase I go that route I can then make up my cables to the right length. I recall someone saying in another thread or somewhere that they used #6 but I couldn't find any writing on my cables to tell me there gauge, Thanks again.
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I would use #2 gauge wire
I don't know if you have a 5ver bit sounds like a TT.
If this is the case mount the switch near the front in a weather proof box
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