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Old 06-11-2013, 10:53 AM   #1
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Battery disconnect

Can someone help me understand these switches on my 2004 Fleetwood Bounder 32W.

I know the coach has two sets of batteries. One for the engine at the front of the coach. And two for running lights and stuff that are located in the entry way under the steps.

Should I think of them as controlling the following
Main = main engine battery
Aux = running lights and stuff

When would I ever flip these switches? And by the way, I wish they had an on/off rather than a toggle because it's difficult to know which mode they are in. On each of them, you can hear them trip either on/off when you push the switch.

I also have another switch on the dashboard (no picture) but it does something with the battery. I think it somehow saves a little juice on the engine battery that might be needed if I need to start the coach engine.

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Correct. Aux=house batteries / Main=engine battery. Down is on, up is off; but if it's easier, get a labelmaker & put labels on the faceplate.

The only time we used the disconnect switches was when we put it in storage over winter one year. It was a requirement of the storage facility. Plus, if we hadn't have disconnected, the parasitic loads would've drained them. Another reason to use the disconnects is if you're working on/messing with the wiring. Same theory as shutting of a breaker at home when working on a circuit.

If you can post a pic of the other switch on your dash, we can figure it out.

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I'd say
Main , engine start, exterior lighting ( running lights, headlights )
Aux, coach and all interior 12v systems.
the other dash switch , " emergency start " " boost " controls a relay the connects all the batteries to the starter ( or gen set ) so you can start ; hopefully ; if one set of batteries is dead.

BTW. Could you please take a minute to fill out a signature line , with info about your coach ; year, make etc., so people answering your questions don't have to look in your profile to see if they have any answers that apply to your coach.
Lori, types faster than I do... everybody types faster that I do... I think I'll go dig worms and go fishing.
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...BTW. Could you please take a minute to fill out a signature line , with info about your coach ; year, make etc., so people answering your questions don't have to look in your profile to see if they have any answers that apply to your coach.
Peter, You mean the info he started out his post with?

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Can someone help me understand these switches on my 2004 Fleetwood Bounder 32W.
Of course, a sig will follow w/all posts so ya don't have to type that info in every post. Good suggestion.

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Of course, a sig will follow w/all posts so ya don't have to type that info in every post. Good suggestion.

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My point, speeds up all future posts. Particularly when you type as slowly as I do.
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Thanks for the replies. This confirms what I thought the switches do and have two followup questions.

When I park for an extended time, I flip both switches off so none of the batteries drain. I park outside and don't have access to plugin to power. The coach does have a solar setup. The solar panel is mounted on top of one of the AC units on the roof. And there is a small light installed inside which illuminates during the day, which I assume indicates the batteries are charging from the solar.

Additional questions.

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I assume the solar charges the AUX=House batteries. Is this correct?

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When I park for an extended time, should I leave AUX on to let the solar keep a charge in the batteries. Or just turn everything off and not risk the batteries draining?

I also updated my signature..
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Thank you for the signature up date
Only one way to be sure if the solar is charging the batteries.
Check batteries with a volt meter at night, then check in daylight , with the switch on and off. Depending on where the solar is wired in in relation to the disconnect relay, the batteries may charge with the relay disconnected. Only the installer knows for sure , it wasn't factory.
Any digital multi-meter should give you the info you require.
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Thanks for the replies. This confirms what I thought the switches do and have two followup questions.

When I park for an extended time, I flip both switches off so none of the batteries drain. I park outside and don't have access to plugin to power. The coach does have a solar setup. The solar panel is mounted on top of one of the AC units on the roof. And there is a small light installed inside which illuminates during the day, which I assume indicates the batteries are charging from the solar.

Additional questions.

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I assume the solar charges the AUX=House batteries. Is this correct?

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When I park for an extended time, should I leave AUX on to let the solar keep a charge in the batteries. Or just turn everything off and not risk the batteries draining?

I also updated my signature..
I have a 03 Fleetwood Pace Arrow with the same setup-2 switches. I turn both off while in the storage lot I rent.
When I first got my coach, the lights would always stay on, even in the off position. My dealer replaced a bad board on the coach to correct the problem

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#1 If your solar panel isn't any bigger than the one that came with ours (about 6"x12" or 6"x18") then it'll only top off the house batteries, not charge them.

#2 Define by "park for an extended time". Do you mean for several weeks, months or longer & is the coach occupied like at a seasonal site at a resort or do you mean for storage as in over the winter months?

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Good suggestion regarding the volt meter. And regarding #2, I'm talking about multiple months.
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I guess I should have looked a little further. This is the same thing I have had trouble with. Would anyone be brave enough to post a picture of the back of it or a schematic so I can look over what someone else has done before me. I think the blue wires are wrong
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I guess I should have looked a little further. This is the same thing I have had trouble with. Would anyone be brave enough to post a picture of the back of it or a schematic so I can look over what someone else has done before me. I think the blue wires are wrong
I don't have a photo, but here is the electrical diagram for those switches on our '12 Bounder...

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Thanks Guys!!!!!!! That is exactly what I was looking for!!!!
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Thanks Guys!!!!!!! That is exactly what I was looking for!!!!
You're welcome. In case you missed it, here is another response (from your Southwind thread). Battery disconnect above the door '98 Southwind
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