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Old 08-01-2020, 05:36 AM   #1
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Should the battery disconnect be on or off as you are traveling down the road
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Old 08-01-2020, 05:49 AM   #2
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Do you mean the stock USE-STORE switch? If so, does not matter except that if you want to operate your refrigerator on propane it will have to be in the USE position.
If you have an after-market disconnect, it depends how it is wired. Your trailer brakes need battery power to allow the wheels to turn. In the stock arrangement, this is always provided. After-market, I cannot say without seeing it.
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I would say leave it on so that the fridge gets power and keeps food cold while traveling. Brakes work regardless of the switch position - brakes, tail lights and turn signals get power from the tow vehicle. The battery disconnect is mainly used to preserve battery life while the coach is not in use, otherwise leave it on.
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You don’t say what kind of trailer. My 2016 sport had a disconnect switch. If it was off the brakes would not work. Whatever you have just make sure the brakes work in the off position.
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You don’t say what kind of trailer. My 2016 sport had a disconnect switch. If it was off the brakes would not work. Whatever you have just make sure the brakes work in the off position.
If you tow with the disconnect switch ON or USE/STORE in USE you won’t have to worry about it. Electric brakes always work when connected to the TV. Discs typically take power from the trailer. The breakaway switch takes power from the trailer. If you, for some reason, want to tow with batteries off you should check when disconnected from the TV to see that either type brakes work with the breakaway switch pulled. Factory wiring should be correct but all bets are off with a used trailer.
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Does Airstream even offer disc brakes as an option?
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Hi Debbie,

If we are using the trailer, the switch is in the use mode.🤓

Everyone has a their answer...better to ck on your own.

TURN the switch to the store position, and see if the fridge lights on propane.

FWIW...Our Classic allows fridge use in the store mode, other AS's,(Airstreams), not so much.🤔

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