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Old 06-08-2016, 09:35 PM   #1
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Battery Disconnect Switch issues

Our first Airstream! We love our 23FB Flying Cloud! We have used it once, at a full hookup site. I went to check on things in storage before our next upcoming trip and found that the batteries are dead. It’s at a storage facility so we cannot charge in-place. I thought I switched it to “store”, but now I’m not sure. The battery disconnect switch doesn’t stay in the “use” or “store” position, but only toggles back and forth without a click.
Is it supposed to stay in position? Any advice?
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Old 06-08-2016, 09:49 PM   #2
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Mine moves from off to on with a very decisive "click". There is also a plate on the switch mechanism to indicate which is which. Mine is a 2016 Sport 22FB.
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Old 06-08-2016, 10:32 PM   #3
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Thanks - starting to wonder if it's a defective switch.
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Old 06-09-2016, 12:02 AM   #4
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Thanks - starting to wonder if it's a defective switch.
It is probably not defective, but it is a very frequently misunderstood and confusing switch, especially for new owners.

There are many threads about this, such as this one:

Battery Disconnect Switch Not Working (for the short answer)

or Battery Disconnect Switch, Solar, and AGMs (for the long answer)

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Old 06-09-2016, 02:13 AM   #5
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Interestingly, it's actually a latching relay. It needs battery power to connect and disconnect the battery.

You are sorta stuck wherever it landed until you get your batteries charged somehow and can then operate the relay.

It's an Airstream catch-22 of sorts.


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Old 06-09-2016, 01:17 PM   #6
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Battery disconnect issues

I had the same problem. There are two fuses on the battery disconnect switch. Both fuses blew out and resulted in inability to toggle the battery on or off. The fuses are standard automotive fuses. Biggest problem was getting to the disconnect switch to replace the fuses.
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Old 06-09-2016, 03:29 PM   #7
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Yup. Ours is on the front wall of the AS under the bed. Real hard to reach.


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Old 06-10-2016, 12:32 PM   #8
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If you left your AS for several weeks the battery will discharge regardless of the switch position due to phanton current draws - LPG detectir is one of thses. Entertainment systems are another possible draw.

See the other threads mentioned above.
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No-click toggle switch

I have the same issue where the switch clicks when I press it up or down (Use or Store), but then returns to the center position. When I'm plugged into shore power, the light stays on regardless of position clicked. I can think of a better brand name name than "Intellitec."
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Old 06-11-2016, 01:16 AM   #10
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Battery Disconnect Switch issues

Keep in mind the light simply means is 12 volt power on the appliances in the AS.

Because of the way the latching relay works in the AS, there is no way to be sure if the relay is open or shut if shore power is connected.

It's actually working correctly.

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Battery Disconnect Switch issues

Is it possible for this switch (if defective) to prevent charging when on shore power?

Last couple days, my coach ('16 27' FC FB) is not charging when on shore power. It DOES charge when connected to the truck umbilical.

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We have a portable charger that we use for our boat batteries, and used it to charge the batteries up directly without going through the trailer. We got it up to 11.5, and will hit it up with a cord before our trip. I'm worried that we may have damaged our batteries by letting them go completely dead... time will tell!
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We have the same issue on a 25 2016

Also was told to click switch up whenever charging source is changed

Further while generator or ground power all systems work like it is directly converting to the coach but not charging the batteries

Vey annoying when your jack won't power up unless generator attached. :-(

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Charger /. Switch. /. Batteries were repalce 4 months ago
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I never could understand what that switch was doing in our trailer, so I don't bother with it!


When we are home and take the trailer to the storage yard, I remove the batteries and bring them home. They are AGM's and self discharge very slowly, but even so, I put a charger on them in our garage every time before I take them back to the trailer for a trip.

When we are camping with the trailer and will be at a site with shore power for more than just a couple of days, I like to disconnect the batteries because we still have the original
non-smart charger in the trailer and I am concerned that leaving it connected for a long time could damage the batteries. (Im not really sure about that.)

I have replaced the original battery clamps with the type that have a quick disconnect knob so as to make it easy to disconnect them from the charging circuit.

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