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Old 04-16-2010, 10:04 PM   #1
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Question Battery Disconnect interior panel red light

About to go on my first ever short trip trailer trip. nervous? you bet!!

Probably a dumb question but why does the light stay on when it's not connected to shore power and Safari not in use? I'm worried that it will eventually flatten the batteries.
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:08 PM   #2
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When you are not using the trailer and are not connected to an outside power source, ( ie shore power), turn the battery switch off., ( located right under the light). The light should then go out. The propane and carbon monoxide sensors will continue to work but will draw very little power. The batteries are essentially disconnected when the light is off and nothing else will operate. This should be in your user manual.

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Old 04-17-2010, 09:21 AM   #3
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Battery Disconnect

Many thanks John, so simple to fix. I hope all the other unknowns we are about to experience this weekend will be as easy to fix. I shall delve into the manual for answers and hope I can understand the technical jargon.
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By "not in use", are you referring to when the trailer is stored or just a short stop along the way? During a short stop or when underway, the red "store/use" light should be on. If it is off the refrigerator can not operate on LP.

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There are numerous threads on parasitic drains leading to dead batteries during storage. We had this problem, too; and it was resolved by installing a Perko marine battery isolator, which completely disconnects the batteries from all trailer connections. This can also prevent the other common problem, overcharging batteries when connected to shore power 24/7, by removing the batteries from the charging circuit. Plus, all electrical devices and electronics, including the refrigerator, furnace, water heater and propane detector, are still operable using only converter power.

We have two Blue Top Optimas, which will now retain a charge for several months with the battery switch set to OFF. Optimas are supposed to hold a charge for up to a year, although I can't imagine leaving our Airstream sitting unused for that length of time.

For more information, search for "Perko" and "Battery Isolator Switch" on these forums. We installed a Perko switch, because of previous experience with it on our boat. However, there may be other brands and devices that will work as well, or better.
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