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Old 06-29-2015, 06:56 AM   #1
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Exclamation Kill Switch Confusion

I've read the manual and understand what the literature says about operating the coach lights only with the kill switch on. When do I turn it off? I don't seem to grasp, totally and organically, what the kill switch is or does.
Please help! I don't want to burn out.
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Old 06-29-2015, 03:09 PM   #2
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It disconnects the univolt converter and the DC circuit panel from the coach batteries. This is useful for storage, or if you have a 12v drain somewhere, to keep from killing your battery when not plugged into shore power. I also disconnect it when working on the converter or any 12v wiring to avoid accidental grounding of the hot wires. The newer converters are able to power 12v loads up to rated amperage without the batteries connected, so it can be off/open when on shore power.
The old univolts are known for killing batteries by overcharging them. Best thing to do is to replace it with one that has a "smart" charging profile.
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Old 07-01-2015, 08:49 AM   #3
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Thanks, a lot! Now to delve into the generator...
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Is there a kill switch in a 1983 310?

I have not found one, but I want one.

If not where have others put them?

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Normally close to or in the battery tray. Mine is on the back of the battery drawer. Just a simple rotary lever.
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My batteries are in the floor just in the door. I will keep this idea in my head as I do other things... maybe by the fuses?
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Is there a kill switch in a 1983 310?

I have not found one, but I want one.

If not where have others put them?

-Lani
My '83 310 motorhome did not have any kill switch.
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My '89 370 has the kill switch just inside the door. The only downside to this is that you have to turn the switch off before you close the door, which of course does not allow the steps to retract.
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