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Old 10-07-2021, 07:35 PM   #1
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Battery Cut Off

Hello,

Iím not an electrician, plumbing is all I can do. I want to put a battery cut off switch on my Kodiak Ultra-Lite 296BHSL.

Iím hoping someone could kindly share which side would be my ďinputĒ for power. Left or Right side? Iím thinking itís the left. My reasoning is there are two black (neg) cables in that box that I am presuming are for the side and top solar prep ports.

Any insights and friendly suggestions would be much appreciated. Thank you!
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Old 10-07-2021, 11:09 PM   #2
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The two red wires to the left side box ares the positive wires. The black wire on the battery in the right box is the negative wire. Remove both red wires and connect to shut off switch.

You must be careful to always turn the shut off switch "on" before towing. The battery is needed to operate the trailer emergency brake.

I have no idea what the two black wires that dive into the left box are. There should be nothing under the batteries to connect to. Pull the battery and see what they are connected to.

There is a safer way to wire in the shut off switch. There should be a self re-setting circuit breaker in the red wire circuit. (See red rubber boot in the pictures.) The emergency brake wire may be connected there or in a near by junction box.

Install the shut off switch down stream of the emergency brake so brake, self re-setting breaker and tow vehicle 12 volt line are on the battery side of the shut off switch. The other red wire now on the positive terminal should go to the house side of the switch.
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Old 10-07-2021, 11:15 PM   #3
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If the two wayward black wires are for the solar ports, they should go to frame ground or to the black wire terminal in the right box. The solar port red wires should have their own fuses somewhere.
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Old 10-07-2021, 11:29 PM   #4
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Yeah, those two black wires connect to nothing, I can see both of the terminal loops in the bottom of the box. Quality control.

The little fuse junction on the left (forward) appears to be the one controlling the emergency brake, that little black box is visible. I can see if I can install a break AFTER that red fuse junction.

As far as the two red wires feeding the left battery, I assume one is from shore power and one is from solar?

Thank you for being helpful, my dealer isn't. And power scares the hell out of me.
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Old 11-22-2021, 06:40 PM   #5
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Hi.....Most travel trailers don't have a cutoff switch on the batteries which are situated on the tongue. They do make battery cutoff switches that main expense a couple of dollars and you can introduce yourself.

The easiest way is to separate the negative battery link and that will hold the battery back from releasing for quite a while.

There are presumably parasitic depletes on that battery (radio a propane locator among others). The best way to stop that it to thoroughly disengage the battery.
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Old 11-24-2021, 09:28 PM   #6
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I am old school, always put the cutoff in the negative cable.
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