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Old 10-11-2018, 03:51 PM   #1
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Intellitec BDO

Would someone please clarify when the only time I want to turn this off is. I asked the dealership and they said even if you turn in off to winterize and the battery is plugged in the refrigerator will still continue to click looking for propane.

So they dealership told me to disconnect the batteries.

So what is the use of this device for?

Thank you very much.

SP in Minnesota
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Old 10-11-2018, 04:28 PM   #2
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I place it in "store" when plugged in at home and connect a smart battery charger to keep from overcharging my batteries

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Old 10-11-2018, 04:32 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I thought my 2018 had a system that would prevent from overcharging. If I place in store than I cannot use electricity to run the refrigerator.
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Old 10-11-2018, 04:33 PM   #4
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All the "use/store" switch does is remove many, but not all of the loads from the battery. In many Airstreams, the propane leak detector and the sub-woofer stay powered up. They will run your battery down in a month or so. What many have done is either install a real mechanical battery disconnect switch in the battery positive lead, or actually pull the batteries and take them home, with a "battery Tender" or similar maintenance charger to take care of the batteries.

The other issue is that on some newer Airstreams, putting the switch is "store" still leaves the convertor/battery charger connected to the batteries. If you are continuously plugged in to shore power, this can overcharge and mess up the batteries.

The way I dealt with this was to install a good quality solar charging system, with temperature compensation, and park my AS where it gets enough sun to keep the batteries properly charged.

Battery maintenance is not real hard, but takes regular attention during storage to make sure the batteries stay properly charged, and in the case of "flooded" or conventional lead-acid batteries, that the water level is correct.

Look around the forums for a lot more data on battery care and feeding...

The 2018 Airstreams may have a better battery charger. Mine is a 2007, and the older OEM battery charger is, frankly, cheap crap. A new, and much better one is waiting for me to find time to install it, along with a positive manual battery disconnect.
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