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Old 11-06-2011, 06:19 AM   #15
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I've found that the batteries still drain in the "store" position (to unsatisfactory levels over a period of time), so I installed a battery disconnect switch.
The LP gas detector is hard wired to the battery bus. It is a small but constant drain on the batteries in addition to the self discharge effect found in wet cell lead acid batteries. A disconnect switch or removing the cable from the battery is the simplest way to remove parasitic loads like the detector. a periodic charge every month or 2 while the batteries are in storage is good practice.
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Old 11-06-2011, 06:58 AM   #16
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Does an o6 classic have a three way fridge?
Some refrigerators have the 3-way feature or the ability to add it. It is not commonly found on trailers since running it on 12v demands a lot of the 12v system. It is easier to provide a dedicated 12v line to the fridge in a motor home and the fridge needs to know the engine is running to select that mode or it can quickly deplete the batteries. This can be done in a trailer, but requires a little more than the standard wiring found on the typical model. Some years ago (many, now that I think about it) this was a selling feature on some trailers, one could safely cruise the highways all day long with the gas turned off and still keep the ice cream frozen back in the trailer! In some cases the trailer manufacturer didn't provide adequate wiring or the tow vehicle couldn't provide enough current to the trailer to run the fridge and keep the battery charged. If the fridge continued to run off the trailer battery when the vehicle was stopped, it could run the battery down in short order.

Modern refrigerators are better at keeping stuff cold enough for longer periods. Some trailer manufacturers still off a 3-way fridge as an option or you can buy one as a replacement, just beware of the power requirements.
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:29 AM   #17
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In some models, the batteries will not charge from the converter unless the switch is set to "use". In others, it doesn't matter, but in all of them the "use" light will light if the trailer is plugged in to 120v.
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Use/Store

The Use/Store switch is a battery disconnect switch. "Store" means that the battery disconnect switch is in the "on" position, which means that the battery is disconnected or "off." Counter intuitive? Yes, until you think about it. "Use", then means that the battery disconnect switch is in the "off" position, which means that the battery is connected, both to the Airstream's power-using devices and to whatever power input there is, either shore power or tow vehicle power.

The best way to think of it is the switch should be to "use" if you're using the trailer. It should be to "store" if you're storing it like in a storage yard. When connected to shore power or the tow vehicle, the light will be on whether the switch is to "store" or "use."

As pointed out by others, having the switch in the "store" mode doesn't mean the battery won't discharge. Batteries do that all by themselves over time and most Airstreams have appliances that cause a small drain even when turned off. You might find the batteries stay charged a little longer if you disconnect the cables or install a disconnect switch right at the batteries, but in a couple of months, they'll still be nearly or completely discharged.
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