RV Tip: Basic Battery Disconnect

Make a place for a battery-disconnect switch.

Most travel trailers have the battery or batteries on a tray on the frame at the front of the RV, and there is no place for a battery-disconnect switch. I solved this problem by purchasing a set of welding cable connectors at my local welding-supply store. I cut the negative cable from the battery in half and installed the male connector on one end and the female connector on the other. I then plugged the two connectors together and gave them a twist, which locks the connectors in place and gives the battery a secure and waterproof connection. When it’s time to disconnect the battery, I simply twist the two connectors the other way.

Gordon Hansen | Springfield, Oregon




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