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Posted: 16.11.2023  ·  #1
Do any for you disconnect your leisure or your vehicle battery when your camper is not being used for a few weeks?
I have an isolator switch attached to my Leisure battery which I use every time I park up the van even in the summer as it is under a roof , and I now also disconnect the vehicle battery if not planning to use the van for a few weeks,


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Posted: 16.11.2023  ·  #2
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Do any for you disconnect your leisure or your vehicle battery when your camper is not being used for a few weeks?
I have an isolator switch attached to my Leisure battery which I use every time I park up the van even in the summer as it is under a roof , and I now also disconnect the vehicle battery if not planning to use the van for a few weeks,


I plug in my motorhome when it's parked up and that keeps the leisure and starter batteries topped up. I never considered disconnecting either one.


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I have isolator switches on both my leisure and vehicle batteries which I disconnect whilst parked up also. I keep mine garaged when not in use.


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Posted: 17.11.2023  ·  #4
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I have isolator switches on both my leisure and vehicle batteries which I disconnect whilst parked up also. I keep mine garaged when not in use.


Just out of curiosity, why do you isolate your batteries instead of keeping the mh on hook-up

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Posted: 18.11.2023  ·  #5
The shed where I keep the van does not have electricity ,The reason for disconnecting the batteries is to avoid accidental electrical fire . Peace of mind.

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Posted: 18.11.2023  ·  #6
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I have isolator switches on both my leisure and vehicle batteries which I disconnect whilst parked up also. I keep mine garaged when not in use.


Just out of curiosity, why do you isolate your batteries instead of keeping the mh on hook-up


In My van I think the battery charger is not a smart one, it will charge the battery up to 13.5 V and stay on. So I am thinking it is a bit like your phone. If you plug your phone in every night and go to bed your phone will be charged in two hours but it is plugged in for eight hours and before you know it the battery in your phone will not last a day and your are charging it the whole time.
So if your leisure has 12.6 V it is charged so if you isolate it it will maintain the charge with out having to keep it plugged in.

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Posted: 18.11.2023  ·  #7
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I have isolator switches on both my leisure and vehicle batteries which I disconnect whilst parked up also. I keep mine garaged when not in use.


Just out of curiosity, why do you isolate your batteries instead of keeping the mh on hook-up


In My van I think the battery charger is not a smart one, it will charge the battery up to 13.5 V and stay on. So I am thinking it is a bit like your phone. If you plug your phone in every night and go to bed your phone will be charged in two hours but it is plugged in for eight hours and before you know it the battery in your phone will not last a day and your are charging it the whole time.
So if your leisure has 12.6 V it is charged so if you isolate it it will maintain the charge with out having to keep it plugged in.


If you don't have a smart charger, like one that goes into Float charge, do not leave it switched on unattended, I've seen one on an 02 EuraMobile that cooked the batteries so bad one of them, burnt my wrist trying to get it out, and melted the tarmac where they were placed away from the van overnight.
Luckily they got a smell from it walking past.

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