Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-04-2014, 06:25 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: South Jersey
Posts: 521
Battery Disconnect Switch

I was replacing the battery and battery box. Did I need to install a disconnect switch? I don't think so but I did it anyway.
Attached Thumbnails
IMG_0386.jpg   IMG_0387.jpg  
__________________

micron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2014, 08:56 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
RVhiker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 1,253
That's a nice looking job.

I guess nobody has to have a battery disconnect switch, but it sure is more convenient than pulling a fuse. And since some equipment in RV's uses battery power all the time, disconnecting the battery when the trailer is not in use is an excellent idea.
__________________

__________________
There's lots of advice and information in forums... sometimes it is correct. For example, all of my posts are made by a political appointee who got the job as a reward for contributions to my diesel bill.

2011 Jayco 28.5RLS; 2008 Chevy Duramax; Pullrite Superglide Hitch

RVhiker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2014, 09:11 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
lx22f/c's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Friendswood
Posts: 917
Nice clean job. Thanks for sharing.
lx22f/c is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2014, 01:23 AM   #4
Moderator Emeritus
 
Rustic Eagle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Michigan
Posts: 7,370
Looks like a winner to me

I have yet to install a disconnect switch...., since I keep my TT in a public storage facility I have to remove my batteries, otherwise the switch would make things a whole lot easier.

Bob
__________________

2016 GM 2500HD 6.0L/4.10
2018 Jay Flight 24RBS
2005 Jayco Eagle 278FBS (retired)
1999 Jayco Eagle 246FB (retired)
Reese HP Dual Cam (integrated sway control)
Rustic Eagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2014, 10:00 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
RoyBraddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: King George
Posts: 2,396
Nice Installation - One caution when installing a battery disconnect switch. The Trailer when being towed has a DOT 12VDC requirement for the trailer if it becomes disconnected from the tow vehicle when going down the road.

You might want to wire this DOT requirement directly to the battery terminals to always be HOT regardless which position the battery disconnect switch may be in. This may help others involved with towing your trailer and not realize the battery disconnect switch also disconnected the required 12VDC feeding the trailer electric brakes circuit when disconnected from the tow vehicle.

Roy Ken
__________________
Roy and Carolyn
I claim Horse Creek Country in Southern Ill - Momabear is from North Texas
We live in King George VA
RETIRED DOD DOAF DON CONTRACTOR Electronics Tech 42YRS

"We're burning daylight" - John Wayne
2008 STARCRAFT 14RT OFF-ROAD POPUP with PD9260C and three 85AH 12VDC batteries
2010 F150 FX4 5.4 GAS with 3.73 gears - Super Cab - Towing Package - 2KW Honda EU2000i Gen
K9PHT (since 1957) 146.52Mhz
"We always have a PLAN B"
RoyBraddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2014, 10:34 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: South Jersey
Posts: 521
Roy, I get what you are saying. The switch I installed is only going to be used when the trailer is in storage. I just think it will be easier to flip the switch instead of opening the box to disconnect the negative or fumbling with the inline fuse (I have cable wrap on the line).
micron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2014, 10:21 PM   #7
Member
 
MrScary's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Bedford Michigan
Posts: 99
Just did mine today. I used a smaller automotive switch and an existing hole in frame underneath the front. I had left the camper parked for a couple weeks and something inside drained out the battery. So now, I will be certain that everything is off!

Like Roy suggested, the emergency brake is wired directly to the battery. It's even in front of the installed in-line fuse. I also left the powered jack in front of the switch...I may want to use that without having to power up everything else.

While I was under there, I cleaned up the messy wiring which I assume was hastily done by the dealer.....I hate rat nests!
Attached Thumbnails
IMG_20140911_183954522.jpg  
__________________
2014 Toyota Sienna
2014 JayCo X19H
Husky WDH, Curt Class 3, Prodigy P2
AirLift 1000 Suspension
MrScary is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2014, 10:24 PM   #8
Moderator Emeritus
 
Rustic Eagle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Michigan
Posts: 7,370
MrScary,

Nice install, and in a convient location.

Bob
__________________

2016 GM 2500HD 6.0L/4.10
2018 Jay Flight 24RBS
2005 Jayco Eagle 278FBS (retired)
1999 Jayco Eagle 246FB (retired)
Reese HP Dual Cam (integrated sway control)
Rustic Eagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2014, 11:43 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: North Idaho/Arizona
Posts: 5,303
In the past I haven't had a need for a switch but now that I am leaving the trailer in Az for the summer I see where my life could be simpler with a switch instead of a wrench to hook them back up twice a year. We used to use the trailer year round but not any more.
__________________
2011 Eagle 330RLTS with just about every option.
2017 Silverado 1500 4x4 5.3 with tow package.

I was born with nothing and I still have most of it left.
clutch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2014, 06:31 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Highland
Posts: 314
I installed my switch in the side of the battery box. You mention the draw on the battery. I found one nobody mention's and that's the power antenna. No idea how much and not worried any more with my switch
__________________

__________________
Chris Moore
2010 Starcraft/Jayco 297BHS pulled by
2009 Chevy Silverado
chrismoore701 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:32 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.