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Old 08-06-2009, 07:11 PM   #11
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Re: I'm battery baffled

At first the batteries seem to live forever. Luring you into thinking they will. Then all of a sudden they disappear. We used to back the truck up and hook up for fifteen or so minutes in the morning and run it. We camped for a couple weeks like this. I am unsure if it will work for the Escape but it did for the Prowler. Not very green but it was very easy.
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Old 11-18-2009, 02:43 PM   #12
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Re: I'm battery baffled

Questions......Is the trailer battery being charged via the automobile battery as you are driving or idleing? If you are dry camping will the auto battery act as backup......if you keep the trailer electric pluged into the auto.
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Old 11-18-2009, 03:05 PM   #13
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Re: I'm battery baffled

As you drive or are hooked up and the car idling, your trailer battery will be recharging. How long it takes is dependent on your battery. If you leave the trailer hooked up to your vehicle without it being on (for a significant length of time), you would eventually come back and find your car battery dead too!
So, yes, you can use your idling car as your generator in a pinch. Probably uses a LOT more gas than a Honda generator however!
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Old 11-18-2009, 03:11 PM   #14
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Re: I'm battery baffled

Car batteries are also designed for cranking, unlike RV batteries which are deep cycle and designed for less draw over a longer period.
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Old 11-18-2009, 05:09 PM   #15
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Re: I'm battery baffled

Does the Escape battery charge "automatically" from the car/truck idling or do you need to have some type of device or modification installed in the car/truck to perform the charging. From what I have read, and there are answers all over the place:

A seven pin plug can indicate it is possible to charge
The wire from the car/truck alternator to the camper battery must be a minimum of 10 gauge and preferrably 8 gauge. This is necessary over its entire length.
A fuse maybe necessary as some vehicles are wired but the fuse slot is left empty.
Some people say the camper battery must be isolated by a relay(soleniod).

Sorry to hijack the thread but it does seem on topic. Anyone have further thoughts?
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Old 11-18-2009, 05:24 PM   #16
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Re: I'm battery baffled

As long as the tow vehicle is wired with a charge line, the trailer will charge when plugged in. #10 wire should be good enough to charge a battery, but if you are running a a fridge on 12V, then #8 wire should be used. This wire should definitely be fused. I am not aware that the trailer battery need be isolated by a relay, but it would make sense should something go haywire with the battery, and not cause any damage to the battery or charging system of the tow vehicle.
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Old 11-18-2009, 06:20 PM   #17
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Re: I'm battery baffled

Hi: All...As far as I know the battery in the trailer is only charged by the converter. That means when it's plugged into 110V. power ie: your house or campground. To make it charge from the tug battery you must have the proper wiring from the charging system of your tug thru the connector to the trailer battery. This is how I set up the system in our former Boler so the fridge would run 12V. under tow. The danger here is stopping for lunch or shopping you should shut the fridge off or run the risk of two dead batteries. Alf
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:41 PM   #18
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Re: I'm battery baffled

One of the things people forget is to let a battery rest after a charge or a discharge, then use a volt meter. The Co sensor is always a issue it must be isolated before a test.
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:33 PM   #19
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Re: I'm battery baffled

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Hi: All...As far as I know the battery in the trailer is only charged by the converter. That means when it's plugged into 110V. power ie: your house or campground. To make it charge from the tug battery you must have the proper wiring from the charging system of your tug thru the connector to the trailer battery. This is how I set up the system in our former Boler so the fridge would run 12V. under tow. The danger here is stopping for lunch or shopping you should shut the fridge off or run the risk of two dead batteries. Alf
escape artist N.S. of Lake Erie p.s. The only battery I really care about is in my Pace Maker. How will I know if it's dead
This is why an isolation relay is useful. If properly wired, it shuts off the charge line when the vehicle ignition switch is off. Some prewired tow vehicles are already equipped with an isolation relay. Check by measuring the voltage on the charge pin (pin 4 on a standard 7 wire connector). If it goes off with the ignition switch off you're OK. If not, you can add one. Some Information on Isolation Relays.
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Old 08-18-2012, 03:58 PM   #20
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Why do some people say that two 6 volt batteries are better than one 12 volt battery?
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