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Old 08-31-2015, 03:18 PM   #1
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Couple Simple Mods- Battery Switch and City Water Cap

I'm still working on all these fun little projects, but here are a couple that were a must-have.

I wanted a master battery switch for storage so I wasn't left to pulling the fuse at the battery. To avoid drilling through the frame or installing inside, I decided to put it straight onto the battery box. I used caulk to fill the spaces where water could penetrate (Should have used clear silicone, but I was out and worried about the rain storm ahead).

It also drove me crazy that the city water fill had a screen but was not capped off. I purchased a general rubber water cap that fit perfect!

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Old 08-31-2015, 07:58 PM   #2
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Nice!!!

Where did you get the battery switch? I need to do the same. One of the mods I haven't had a chance to get done yet!!! To many mods, not enough time!!! Lol
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Old 08-31-2015, 08:09 PM   #3
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I love your install idea for the battery switch. I was going to mount one on the frame but I like your idea better.
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Old 08-31-2015, 08:51 PM   #4
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I love your install idea for the battery switch. I was going to mount one on the frame but I like your idea better.
I have thought about doing the same on the battery box. I just considered buying a larger battery box and running the wires inside behind the switch. Use a 1x or 2x cut to fill the space so the battery doesn't slide around.

I am also considering the small trailer tongue box from Harbor Freight that I found posted somewhere! Lol If it will fit, hoping to keep some leveling boards in there also.
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Old 09-01-2015, 09:02 AM   #5
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I found the battery switch at Camping World. It was hard to find one that wasn't for 2 batteries. I am sure they have them on Amazon.com.
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Old 09-02-2015, 05:43 AM   #6
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TY!

Your right, the little I have searched seems to only turn up dual battery switches, or the basic, battery mounted one. Not the one like you posted.
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Old 09-02-2015, 08:12 AM   #7
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Here's a link to the one I installed:

Amazon.com: Marinco 701 Battery Disconnect Switch: Automotive

The switch has three removable sides. I used clear silicon to seal the sides and mounted the switch on the battery box with the open side down.

Because of the variety of ways in which this switch can be mounted, it does NOT come with mounting hardware. I bought stainless bolts just long enough to fit into the battery box cavity, and secured them with stainless washers and lock nuts.

You will also need to buy a short cable to connect the switch to the battery. The cable that is currently connected to the battery will connect directly to the switch. As best I recall, I connected the switch to the battery's positive terminal.

This is a great mod! It's relatively cheap and easy, but with big benefits. When storing the camper, I used to remove my cover, disconnect the positive cable, and replace the cover. To prep it for camping I had to reverse the process. Now I just flip a switch!
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Old 09-03-2015, 08:37 AM   #8
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Instead of removing one of the side tabs on the battery switch, I drilled holes to fit the wires through- less room for water/road grime to get inside. This made the wires ten times more difficult to install though.
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Old 09-03-2015, 06:54 PM   #9
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Check any local marine dealer for the battery switches, common things on boats
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Old 09-03-2015, 07:23 PM   #10
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Amazon has them. Bought one for an ATV.
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