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Old 04-16-2011, 12:32 PM
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Fire/Rescue Question

We have a Crew Cab 7.3 that we use for our first response rig and it has a battery disconnect switch, When the truck sits in the barn they want the disconnect off, but the truck runs and shifts like crap. My question is can we power the computer up some how and still use the switch to keep the batteries from discharging ? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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I would install a Battery Tender to keep it charged. Battery Tender - Home of the Battery Tender Jr. - Batterytender.com
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Yeah we talked about that. But guys would come in on the run and have to disconnect wires. Just thought we could power up the computer so it would not lose memory.
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Yeah we talked about that. But guys would come in on the run and have to disconnect wires. Just thought we could power up the computer so it would not lose memory.
Pretty sure they make one where it's a quick disconnect. Wouldn't take any longer to unplug cord than turn on the switch.
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Or you can use what the engines use, with a breakaway cord (connected to a battery tender). Just drive away.
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All depends on how the disconnect is setup.

If the disconnect is off and theres no power at the key it needs rewiring.

If theres power at the key when the disconnect is off hook up a tender
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I think we should look onto the breakaway cord. Thanks for the input guys.I cant believe the way that thing drives after it has been shut off.
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automatic ejector systems

Kussmaul battery charger systems, power supplies, automatic ejector systems,


Battery Chargers & Auto Eject | Safe Air Systems
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for what its worth, i work for a large city fd and all of our rigs use a similar version of the above kussmaul. batteries are off and all equipment on the rig remains charging i.e radios lap top etc... the auto eject systems work great
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i too agree with the breakaway system
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