Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
 

Go Back   Montana Owners Club - Keystone Montana 5th Wheel Forum > GENERAL DISCUSSIONS > General Discussions about our Montanas
Click Here to Login

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-07-2022, 06:07 AM   #1
Wellplayedsir
Established Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2022
Location: Port Charlotte
Posts: 25
M.O.C. #30317
Battery Switches

Hi newbie here we just took delivery of our 3781, and I know they probably explained it at some point. What is the difference between the battery switch in the front compartment and the one on the side with the water and other controls are.

Thanks
Dean & Pat
 
Wellplayedsir is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2022, 06:51 AM   #2
rames14
Montana Master
 
rames14's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Livermore
Posts: 4,576
M.O.C. #1920
I am assuming you have a 2022? In the past, the battery disconnect in the convenience center (the area with water controls, valves and connections) is not a true disconnect and has lead to more issues than I can count. When off (you can pull the key out) it stops many functions but not all. So, many people thought they isolated their battery by turning it off. However, hydraulics and several parasitic loads continued with the key off. It also turns off charging. I have not seen the 2022 battery switch in the front compartment. Is it a big heavy duty switch or just a simple toggle?
__________________
Ron and Terrie Ames with Sirius - MOC #1920
2021Montana 3230CK Super Solar Legacy Package
2021 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn, BIM Charging
4x4, SRW, LB, Crew Cab, Pullrite 3900 Hitch
rames14 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2022, 08:31 AM   #3
Wellplayedsir
Established Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2022
Location: Port Charlotte
Posts: 25
M.O.C. #30317
Itís a 2021 with a legacy package I donít know if that changes anything or not the switch in the battery compartment is like a marine switch that you turn like a clock

Thanks Dean
Wellplayedsir is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2022, 08:38 AM   #4
mhs4771
Montana Master
 
mhs4771's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Sebring
Posts: 3,373
M.O.C. #9969
I'm assuming you have a Residential Fridge and an Inverter. The switch in the Battery Compartment is the cutoff switch for the Inverter which in turn will prevent your Frig from operating on the Batteries.
__________________
Michelle & Ann
2018 Chevy 3500HD High Country DRW 4X4 Crew Cab w/Duramax/Allison, Formally 2010 Montana 2955RL, Now Loaded 2016 SOB, Mor/ryde IS, Disc Brakes & Pin Box, Comfort Ride Hitch, Sailun 17.5 Tires.
mhs4771 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2022, 08:46 AM   #5
Wellplayedsir
Established Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2022
Location: Port Charlotte
Posts: 25
M.O.C. #30317
Thank you kindly I’m liking this forum already.
Wellplayedsir is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2022, 09:46 AM   #6
rames14
Montana Master
 
rames14's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Livermore
Posts: 4,576
M.O.C. #1920
Michelle/Ann, does that kill the power to just the inverter or the whole coach? We have a main power switch on the Super Solar box that kills all power. In the past, many got confused with the disconnect thinking they didn’t have any battery drain with the switch off and came back to find dead batteries. Not sure why that is even there. Just curious, since all Keystone products now come with some level of solar starting in 2022.
__________________
Ron and Terrie Ames with Sirius - MOC #1920
2021Montana 3230CK Super Solar Legacy Package
2021 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn, BIM Charging
4x4, SRW, LB, Crew Cab, Pullrite 3900 Hitch
rames14 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2022, 03:30 PM   #7
mhs4771
Montana Master
 
mhs4771's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Sebring
Posts: 3,373
M.O.C. #9969
Can't tell you for sure, because our SOB just uses a 200 or 250 amp fuse vs a disconnect switch, but I do know that it's a direct line from Battery Bank to Fuse and on to our Inverter mounted on the Basement wall opposite the Fuse.
__________________
Michelle & Ann
2018 Chevy 3500HD High Country DRW 4X4 Crew Cab w/Duramax/Allison, Formally 2010 Montana 2955RL, Now Loaded 2016 SOB, Mor/ryde IS, Disc Brakes & Pin Box, Comfort Ride Hitch, Sailun 17.5 Tires.
mhs4771 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-2022, 04:56 AM   #8
RMcNeal
Montana Master
 
RMcNeal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Location: Jacksonville
Posts: 1,454
M.O.C. #25165
Ron, I can't speak to the newer rigs, but on my 2019, the cutoff in the battery compartment ONLY cuts DC power to the inverter for the residential refrigerator. I have solar pre-wire only from Jaboni IIRC. I never turn off the switch in the wet bay, but it only isolates the battery from "most" of the DC systems. Things like the hydraulic pump for the Level Up and slides, CO detector and a few parasitic drains are run directly to the battery and not through the switch in the wet bay. I added a knife style cutoff switch on the negative terminal of my battery box to get a full cutoff.
__________________
Robert & Diana McNeal
2019 Montana Legacy 3791RD 20th Anniversary Edition
2014 F350 4x4 6.7L SRW
RMcNeal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2022, 01:26 PM   #9
BuckandTeresa
Established Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: Monument
Posts: 45
M.O.C. #24683
I had the same problem with my battery draining with the convenience center battery switch off. I have electric jacks on my 2019 HC, but the drain was from the carbon monoxide detector on the kitchen island. Why they hotwired this I don't know-- it's guaranteed to drain your battery dead while in storage.

I added a marine rotary battery switch I got on Amazon for about $17. I ran a long red lead from the battery to the new switch, (through the gas bottle space (take care to prevent chafing), drilled a hole to the front left cargo compartment front left corner, then another red wire back to the multi-lug post on the bulkhead above the battery), so when I open the cargo door to get my step stool to connect the trailer, the new battery switch is right there. I never bother with the factory switch in the convenience center any more.

You can get long red wires at Walmart or any auto parts store. Super easy to install.

Switch link:

https://www.amazon.com/AWBLIN-Discon...RydWU=e=sp_atf
BuckandTeresa is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Montana RV, Keystone RV Company or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:19 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.