Disconnect battery between trips?

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  1. cambo

    cambo Member

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    Hello, I have a 2012 Aliner Classic. It seems odd to me for the battery to be hooked up between trips draining the battery. Do you guys disconnect the battery between trips?

    Thanks
     
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    GreyFox Well-Known Member

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    Of course, otherwise parasitic draw on the battery will kill it in just a week or two. You can physically disconnect it or for greater convenience install a battery disconnect switch. I use a Blue Sea m-series switch.

    https://www.bluesea.com/products/category/11/37/Manual_Battery_Switches/m-Series
     
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    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    Depends on how much parasitic draw you have. I don't disconnect my TT.
     
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    I use a battery tender usually, but have disconnected until it reaches 50%, then recharge...only thing on mine is the detector...
     
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    I remove mine and place it on a battery tender.
     
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    I pull the fuse on ours, disconnecting it. We store offsite with no power for battery tender but that hasn't caused any issues. We bring it home a day or two in advance before a trip which is plenty of time to top off the battery from any latent discharge.
     
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    I always disconnect.
     
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    Pull the fuse
     
  9. WrkrBee

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    No parasitic draws on our Scout. I keep a small solar charger on the battery. Even with the solar charger under the camper cover, it shows it charging (tells you the cover isn't doing much). Before camping, I bring the camper to the house and put a Schumacher charger on the battery to top it off.
     
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    The only draw on our battery is the CO/propane detector, so I just pull the fuse when the pup is hibernating. Just remember to reinstall it when you head out...…..
     
  11. tenttrailer

    tenttrailer Art & Joyce - Columbus, O

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    Yes, indirectly I disconnect the battery via a switch
     
  12. Raycfe

    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    I only disconnect or remove the battery when not plugged in. Either way I want the battery to be fully charged all the time.
     
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    Mine will discharge, just as the others have said. Plugging the camper in a day before will ensure that it is fully charged (my plug is not wired to charge it while I drive).

    That being said, I tried disconnecting a battery terminal and pulling out the fuse, and both were a pain. Finding the fuse can be a nuisance in the dark at setup, and the fuse holder corrodes more quickly with nothing in it. Disconnecting a terminal is also a nuisance, both because there is no place to put the terminal and because it's a nuisance to re-attach. I installed a battery disconnect switch, which cost me about $15.
     
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    I always disconnect the negative cable on my battery when I put it in storage. Takes about 20 seconds.
     
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