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Old 07-10-2018, 01:57 PM   #1
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Winnebago Physical chassis battery disconnect question

My Itasca Latitude has a physical battery chassis disconnect.

When on trips on both with and without shore power should I leave it connected or disconnected?

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We always leave ours connected. If you shut it off the battery will not charge and you will lose power to many of the lights and appliances in the coach.

Battery disconnect is for storage to help reduce the battery going dead. I have also used it to turn off power to the coach when working on various electrical issues.
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If you're traveling, and you have a battery isolator, I don't know why you'd need to use the physical chassis disconnect. If you are staying in one place, with no shore, solar, or generator, you might want to disconnect the battery so it will still have power to start the engine, but otherwise, I'd leave it connected. If you are staying in one place, when you start the generator to charge the house batteries, you likely will want the chassis battery 'topped off' so then you'd want it connected.

All this assumes that your engine alternator charges house batteries when running and your converter/charger also charges chassis battery when the generator or shore cord is connected.
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Thanks both,

Thats what I was thinking myself but was unsure.
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I had a 130 watt solar panel installed in 2010 and never used the disconnects again until I just did while replacing the house batteries.
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Hi UFO,

Did you use the existing solar panel cabling?
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Hi UFO,

Did you use the existing solar panel cabling?
They ran a new wire down beside the bathroom vent pipe.
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I don't have any roof top solar but do have 200w of portable ones.
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