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- March 24, 2019 at 11:37 pm #164828
We are scheduled to take delivery of a new LE2 in August 2019 and I am pumped.
I have a question for which I can’t find an answer to on the forum is: can a battery cut-off switch be installed to be used during storage?
If it makes a difference in the answer, at this time I don’t plan to go with either the solar or inverter options but do plan to have an external solar port installed for future purchase of a portable panel.
Thanks in advance for any info.March 25, 2019 at 7:10 am #164838
For a time I had a battery cut-off switch installed as shown below – the piece with the green knob. It worked “OK” but I had to remember to check the connections for tightness often. I have since removed it and now use a small solar panel while Twist is in storage to constantly keep the batteries charged.
2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"
Attachments:March 25, 2019 at 7:45 am #164846
Easy to do. You might see if Oliver is willing to do it first (I’ve complained many times that they don’t have them standard, so the more people who ask, the better). If they won’t, then I’d ask the guys in service to sell you an extra battery cable, which will keep you from having to make one up. At that point it’s just mounting the switch and connecting the cables. I like these switches. You’ll have plenty of room to mount it in the compartment under the street side bed, which is where the battery cable comes in. Or inside the battery box if that’s where you want it.
Snowball • LE2 256 • 2018 Ford Raptor
1 user thanked author for this post.March 25, 2019 at 2:30 pm #164915
I was also looking for a remote battery disconnect. I found this item on Amazon. It may be a little more complicated than most, but it fits my needs. I can disconnect my batteries by a spdt switch located under my bed. I also added another 12 volt socket while I was under the bed. I mounted the disconnect switch on the wheel well.
The remote toggle is also at Amazon
My ollied is a 2015 model and I don’t have solar, so there may be a big difference in the wiring compared to the newer units.
Attachments:March 25, 2019 at 6:00 pm #164933
John E DaviesParticipant@john-e-davies
So, that is a center-off momentary switch, you push it one way to connect and the other way to disconnect – is that how it works?
Do you think you should carry a spare relay since a failed one might totally kill your system? How about a guard of some kind? I kinda like leaving it unlabeled for security reasons, but I think it could easily get bumped by a doggie or human…..
"Mouse": 2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/
Tow Vehicle: 2013 Land Cruiser 200, 33" LT tires, airbags.March 26, 2019 at 12:05 pm #164982
Yes, up is on and down is off. I couldn’t figure out how to rotated the pics, so everything is off 90 deg.
I thought about adding labels but haven’t done it yet. It’s kinda under the overhang of the bed so it would be hard so see anyway.
If the relay fails I could easily by-pass it if necessary just by moving a cable. Not really a fix, but it won’t leave you stranded.
The spring is pretty strong on the spdt switch. It would take a fair amount of effort to accidentally switch it off and I don’t have a dog…
1 user thanked author for this post.March 26, 2019 at 12:18 pm #164991
Shirley, I tried ti rotate the image around for you, but it didn’t work…
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2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12March 26, 2019 at 1:15 pm #165002
I got them fixed.
I see John’s point about the relay being a potential point of failure; but I guess if it were to go out, you could just combine the two battery leads onto the same post for a temporary fix.
Someone would need a much larger relay if they wanted to do this with an inverter installed, but since you don’t have one, this seems like a nice solution.
Snowball • LE2 256 • 2018 Ford RaptorMarch 26, 2019 at 1:52 pm #165006
Thanks for all the help with the pics. It looks much better now. I’m kinda new to this and any help is much appreciated.
You had me scratching my head on the inverter. I do have an inverter, so I went out to check on it. The inverter is wired directly to the batteries. This relay does not affect the inverter operation. The inverter will still operate with the relay switch off.
The relay will disconnect everything else from the batteries. This includes jacks, lighting, tv, everything etc.,etc., this includes the gas detector. (It may also disconnect the breakaway switch for the brakes. I haven’t confirmed this.) This is good for storage, but it may be a liability issue for some. Just a thought.
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