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Old 04-05-2012, 04:08 AM   #1
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Ground Switch?

Has anyone done a ground switch from battery? Thinking of putting one in just by the battery to make it easier to completely power down during extended periods of storage. Anyone done this? Any reason why I shouldn't add one? Thanks! JC
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Old 04-05-2012, 05:55 AM   #2
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They make battery disconnect switches that are a simple lever.....down power on, up your batteries are completely disconnected. I am going to do that too for next storage season. It is a lot easier than taking off all the cables....faster too.
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:57 PM   #3
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They make battery disconnect switches that are a simple lever.....down power on, up your batteries are completely disconnected. I am going to do that too for next storage season. It is a lot easier than taking off all the cables....faster too.
Cool, thanks. I presume they sell these at the RV dealers?
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They make battery disconnect switches that are a simple lever.....down power on, up your batteries are completely disconnected. I am going to do that too for next storage season. It is a lot easier than taking off all the cables....faster too.
Cool, thanks. I presume they sell these at the RV dealers?
They can be bought at auto parts stores, boating supply stores, some battery dealers and also On-Line.
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Old 04-06-2012, 01:53 AM   #5
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Re: Ground Switch?

This is the one I went with.
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Old 04-06-2012, 03:14 AM   #6
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Re: Ground Switch?

I added one to the side of my battery box on the ground. I will be changing it this year to the trailer power side as it is possible to be without the break away brake feature if the ground is turned off.
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Old 04-07-2012, 11:42 AM   #7
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Re: Ground Switch?

In the boating industry, we cut power to the "Positive battery post". I don't know the advantage of hooking into the ground and it seems that it could have some bad results.
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Old 04-13-2012, 01:12 AM   #8
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In the boating industry, we cut power to the "Positive battery post". I don't know the advantage of hooking into the ground and it seems that it could have some bad results.
What kind of bad results? Most automative service manuals I refer to suggest negative post. Maybe this is a thing specific to marine setups?

The only advantage in my case for negative terminal is that the cable location is more convenient for mounting a switch than the positive cable.
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Old 04-13-2012, 12:12 PM   #9
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Re: Ground Switch?

"What kind of bad results"

You always want to break the power source, not complete the ground. That's why you put a light switch on a positive wire, not the ground wire.

Just my thoughts and I get proven wrong all the time, ask my wife.
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Old 04-14-2012, 12:41 AM   #10
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Re: Ground Switch?

This is just my opinion and just that an opinion, so here's what I think.

The reason auto manuals say to remove the negative side is because if the wrench slips and hits the grounded chassis, it won't create your own little welder as it would if you were disconnecting the positive terminal. Breaking the chassis ground will also prevent the battery from charging while connected to your vehicle and the safety breakaway switch for the braking system will not function. It's much easier to disconnect the positive side and still have the breakaway and charging functions work depending on how the TT is wired and where you install the disconnect switch. There are probably other reasons, but the 2 I've just stated are enough for me.

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