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Club Wagon aux batt, fuses, brake lines

I just got a 97 Club Wagon Chateau that I have been going over and that presents some mysteries (it did NOT come with a manual, though I have the Haynes manual):

1) There is an auxillary battery underneath the side door. Is it connected to the starter circuit? If not, what purpose does it serve. (I am wondering if it can be disconnected and be one less maintenance concern.)

2) The van will sit idle for long periods of time (4-8 weeks) between usage. Is it necessary to disconnect the battery to prevent drain (I did this with my previous 87 Dodge Van). Would that cause any serious problems (e.g., computer confusion/resets)?

3) The fuse box is not labelled. Not having the original owners manual, I wonder if there is an online source for a fuse box diagram (or if anyone can post that drawing)?

4) In the Haynes manual for this series, it is recommended that, if you replace brake lines (mine are rusty from East Coast winter usage), they need to be bled by a dealer (supposedly to make sure no air enters the HCU). Our local dealer says it is no big deal and that I can do it on my own--just a standard bleeding procedure. Anyone have any experience with this, or know of any special risks here?

TIA for any help!

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