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Old 04-22-2013, 08:40 AM   #1
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Chassis battery cut off switch

My 2012 Anthem doesn't have a chassis battery cut off switch. Unfortunately when I store my MH I can't always keep it plugged in. I am wondering if anyone knows what parasitic drains may exist on the chassis battery so i could pull some fuses. For example, in my old coach the LP gas alarm was wired to the chassis battery.

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Old 04-22-2013, 09:11 AM   #2
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I would think there is a cut off switch someware, if not a push button a main dial switch by the battery banks.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:56 PM   #3
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I was told there was not a switch and I have not located one in my search. The 2013's have one right next to the 12 volt cut off switch.

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Are you talking about the chassis cut off switch which is located Passenger side Rear cargo door (where the DEF goes in). It is yellow right under the battery for the motor? Let me know if that is the one you are talking about.
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:25 PM   #5
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Battery cutoff

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To my knowledge every Entegra has a cutoff switch. I know this because I went thru many gyrations when I was chasing a dead battery and later a bad starter. The coach battery system you are probably familar with uses a solenoid based switch in the stairwell. This switch kills most power to coach devices. The chassis cutoff is a small yellow toggle paddle switch in the back right most compartment. It is labeled something like "bus". Killing it disables the engine start and the remaining lights.

I had a defective (cracked) battery from the factory and my RV would drain to the point it wouldn't start in 3-4 days. Turns out I had a shorted starter solenoid. The Entegra engineers and I talked several times and they said the parasite draw is minuscule. Since my repairs I routinely store mine with only the coach disconnect activated. I store mine for 3-4 weeks at a time without problem. I previously turned off the chassis switch also but that creates other problems by killing the radio and satellite presets. The manual says if you store your coach ( like several months) disconnect the ground side of the batteries.
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Thanks Hogdriver.

I will be able to access my coach later this week and I will look for the paddle switch that you refer to. Wouldn't that be the same as disconnecting the ground side of the batteries but much easier? On the 2013 Anthems they installed a switch next to the 12 volt house battery cut off for the chassis batteries. They must have found some reason to do this becasue of the parasitic draw, no?

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My 2012 Anthem doesn't have a chassis battery cut off switch. Unfortunately when I store my MH I can't always keep it plugged in. I am wondering if anyone knows what parasitic drains may exist on the chassis battery so i could pull some fuses. For example, in my old coach the LP gas alarm was wired to the chassis battery.

Thanks for any help.

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you may check with Spartan, give them your vin number and they should be able to tell you where the cut off switch you are looking for is located. I have a 2012 RBQ and ours is in the rear P/S compartment, easy to access.
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Thanks lp. I am actually going to the Spartan class in early July so I will certainly find out then.
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If you don't find a Chassis cut-off switch, just remove the Negative battery cable from the post.

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Something to consider is the power for the CO2 detector. On my Tiffin, the detector was direct wired to the battery in such a way that it wasn't deactivated when the cutoff switch was activated. I would assume given the detector's job, this would be the same on Entegras.
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Last coach had factory installed cut-offs for both house & chassis sides...no parasitic drain whatsoever. My new Aspire doesn't have them....just the chassis side. I cannot understand why any Class A coach manufacturer would make such an oversight. Parasitic draw can add up pretty fast for those of us who cannot store under power.
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Parasitic drain

I also have to store my RV unpowered. So far a month at a time is okay. There is a small solar panel on the roof for the chassis battery but alas it doesn't work in a big covered storage facility. I was concerned about the drainage during my dead battery episodes and I installed a very large rotary master battery cutoff switch I bought from West Marine. I installed it on the ground side. So far I haven't needed it, but it is there for someday use. I looked at installing one on the chassis system but the wiring and cabling got way to complicated in the back right compartment. If I start having trouble starting, I will do that one also.

Like W Bauer said, my old Monaco had two big rotary disconnects and the whole RV was dead as a block of stone. I had a couple times I went 3-4 months between starts with zero problem. I think these disconnects would be good for Entegra to think about.
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I am pretty sure all spartan chassis Entegras have the chassis battery disconnect in the back passenger side compartment.
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I am pretty sure all spartan chassis Entegras have the chassis battery disconnect in the back passenger side compartment.
Chassis disconnect is there.....just none for the house.
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