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MallardHead
12-16-2016, 12:04 PM
Next up change out box to a larger box and install a battery disconnect switch for our Mallard M32http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161216/e3671c574489feca17df2835ad63acd8.jpg

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Skywrench
12-16-2016, 01:32 PM
A battery disconnect a 'must have'. Keep us updated on what you come up with. Good luck on your project.

MallardHead
12-16-2016, 05:22 PM
Battery box switched out to a larger box which will make the disconnect switch easier to mount.

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Steve.Twoknee
12-17-2016, 08:33 AM
Looking forward to seeing the finished product! Do you have any plans of adding another battery?


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MallardHead
12-17-2016, 08:57 AM
Looking forward to seeing the finished product! Do you have any plans of adding another battery?


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Not at this time , we don't do a lot of dry camping but not ruling it out

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Steve.Twoknee
12-17-2016, 09:05 AM
Not at this time , we don't do a lot of dry camping but not ruling it out

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Neither do we (do a lot of dry camping), in fact the only time we really just rely on battery power is when we tailgate with our Duck. Even then I usually rent (or borrow) a small Honda generator so we can turn the tv on for other football games. That and I seem to have an irrational fear of not being able to bring the slides in! I have yet to instal a battery shut off, but perhaps that would help calm my fears! What is your plan with the shut off, meaning when do you see yourself 'cutting off' the battery?


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MallardHead
12-17-2016, 01:57 PM
Neither do we (do a lot of dry camping), in fact the only time we really just rely on battery power is when we tailgate with our Duck. Even then I usually rent (or borrow) a small Honda generator so we can turn the tv on for other football games. That and I seem to have an irrational fear of not being able to bring the slides in! I have yet to instal a battery shut off, but perhaps that would help calm my fears! What is your plan with the shut off, meaning when do you see yourself 'cutting off' the battery?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Ah, tailgating that sounds fun.... what team or school??? The plan for a shut off switch for me is a quick way to turn off the battery during downtime, such as between trips and during the off season (Late Nov-Feb)... Since there are some items that continue to draw from the 12v continous.... Come home disconnect from TV, unload and shut off the battery... Time to go camping turn the battery on and hook up and go....

Steve.Twoknee
12-17-2016, 02:06 PM
We tailgate for the University of Northern Iowa, the Panthers. Goofy fun.
I've been thinking about the shut off, but when in storage (now) I pull the battery and put it on a trickle charger so there is no need at that point for a shut off.


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MallardHead
12-17-2016, 02:19 PM
We actually just got our M32 a few weeks ago so still loading and buying stuff since we had a popup, how have you liked yours

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Steve.Twoknee
12-17-2016, 02:45 PM
We actually just got our M32 a few weeks ago so still loading and buying stuff since we had a popup, how have you liked yours

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It is our 5th camper, 6th if you count my 64 VW camper van and it has exceeded expectations. The M32 was a downsizing for us as the kids (one in college, the other a jr in HS) don't always join us.
The camper pulls great! This is the first TT I've had with two doors and as silly as that is I'm not sure why that wasn't a requirement on past campers; it is fantastic. The outside kitchen has been fun as well. Everything has worked and worked well. Our mighty duck has just been fun.


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MallardHead
12-17-2016, 03:29 PM
This is our 4th, we did it in reverse...we started with a flagstaff shamrock hybrid...hated it but they have come along way... then upgraded to a 27 foot bunkhouse and loved it then God surprised us with another child and never went camping so sold it.... then our youngest had open heart surgery in 2012 and we got cabin fever during recovery so we went tent camping in the dead of summer and wife got the bug so I bought us a 1994 Coleman popup that was an hydraulic lift for the roof and that broke on the first trip so it sat then in sold it and bought a 2012 jayco popup and we loved it but it was just to much work so when I retired in october we decided to upgrade because i our youngest loves camping and is only 8 so we have her camping for a bit longer ....our oldest is a sophomore in college (see why i said God surprised us)... so far my only gripe on the 2017 is the only plug in kitchen area is on the side ...would love to put one under Cabinet but that's a project...lol

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Steve.Twoknee
12-18-2016, 01:33 AM
Outlets; you have a solid point. I've been in many campers with even less thought given to them, but that isn't the point! Adding one in under the above the sink cabinet will be an early spring project.


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Chopperno1
12-19-2016, 09:08 PM
Here is a pic of the one I added to our M32..
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Steve.Twoknee
12-19-2016, 09:10 PM
Looks like a job well done!


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Chopperno1
12-19-2016, 09:12 PM
Here is also a pic of the electric tongue jack I added.
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MallardHead
12-21-2016, 04:10 PM
Got the disconnect switch today in mail from Amazon...picked up a needed cable from Advance Auto and had it installed in less than 10 mins....very simple $15 project.. will add some screws to secure it more and some silicone to prevent leak but it works great ....

Kevin & Kandy Jones
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2017 Mallard M32

MallardHead
12-21-2016, 04:11 PM
Got the disconnect switch today in mail from Amazon...picked up a needed cable from Advance Auto and had it installed in less than 10 mins....very simple $15 project.. will add some screws to secure it more and some silicone to prevent leak but it works great ....

Kevin & Kandy Jones
HOC Member #3501
2017 Mallard M32
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Kevin & Kandy Jones
HOC Member #3501
2017 Mallard M32

Chopperno1
12-21-2016, 04:17 PM
Well done.

PeterS
03-16-2017, 02:31 PM
Hi Guys/Gals,

We did the same to our M32...in this copy of my post are the links to the battery box and disconnect we used. Both from Amazon, both inexpensive and highly reviewed. No extra materials needed.

I added a battery disconnect as well on our M32. I chose a larger battery box http://a.co/1iD5i46 and mounted this version http://a.co/dn0mWRn inside with contact grease. Keeps it nicely out of the elements and I no longer need to used the tie rope around the battery box. Both clips hold the cover firmly in place.

thinkgreen216
03-26-2017, 12:13 PM
I'm definitely doing this as our first trailer upgrade. I'm famous for boiling over my trailers batteries because we leave our camper plugged in all summer at Island Park, ID. Technically where we plug in I really only need to have the batteries as a back up in case of power failure. Thanks for the ideas!

thinkgreen216
03-26-2017, 12:15 PM
Here is a pic of the one I added to our M32..
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Have you been happy with this switch. I found it on Amazon but saw split reviews on it, but it's by far the best looking switch I was able to find.

PeterS
03-27-2017, 01:56 PM
Hi Guys/Gals,

We did the same to our M32...in this copy of my post are the links to the battery box and disconnect we used. Both from Amazon, both inexpensive and highly reviewed. No extra materials needed.

I added a battery disconnect as well on our M32. I chose a larger battery box http://a.co/1iD5i46 and mounted this version http://a.co/dn0mWRn inside with contact grease. Keeps it nicely out of the elements and I no longer need to used the tie rope around the battery box. Both clips hold the cover firmly in place.


Here is a picture of the larger battery box, besides the disconnect it also holds the electric jack fuse/reset button.

Chopperno1
03-27-2017, 08:54 PM
Have you been happy with this switch. I found it on Amazon but saw split reviews on it, but it's by far the best looking switch I was able to find.


No no issues at all. I had used the same one on my previous pop up camper as well.

PeterS
03-28-2017, 11:12 AM
Have you been happy with this switch. I found it on Amazon but saw split reviews on it, but it's by far the best looking switch I was able to find.

Same here...I have used the same model on our previous travel trailer for four years without issues. It was also under the battery cover and I use contact grease to prevent corrosion - about once a year during core maintenance items due to TX humidity.