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Old 08-29-2014, 12:27 AM   #1
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Charging while driving

Never had a trailer before and wondered if while I'm towing my trailer, is it charging the house battery for the trailer?
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:28 AM   #2
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:39 AM   #4
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Yes, if your tow vehicle is supplying power to the appropriate pin of the electrical connector.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:45 AM   #5
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Solar too-- and you don't have to be driving.
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Old 08-29-2014, 02:14 AM   #6
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Yes, if your tow vehicle is supplying power to the appropriate pin of the electrical connector.
And if it isn't it's not a major deal to install a charging line to the 7 pin connector. There's been threads about it in the past.

In my case I ran a dedicated fused wire from TV battery to the 7 pin connector. It has a switch that I can turn off to avoid draining the battery. Others have done higher level installs using a solenoid.

Definitely worth having. No sense driving for several hours without recharging the trailer battery at the same time. Depends on the alternator you have and the wiring size whether you want to run the fridge on 12 volts at the same time.

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If you leave the 7pin connected at night, does it drain the TV' s battery?
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Old 08-29-2014, 06:34 AM   #8
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In my GMC Acadia with the towing option, there is a towing button to push when towing to "boost" the electric going to the trailer. As to draining the battery when parked overnight - I always disconnect when parked as a friend ended up with a dead car battery when he forgot to disconnect.
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If you leave the 7pin connected at night, does it drain the TV' s battery?
Most newer vehicles have a solenoid that switches the power to the trailer off, when the ignition is off. Not something to take for granted though, and should be confirmed. In most cases, if you are stopping overnight only, and both batteries are fully charged, even if the drain from your use in the trailer is from both the trailer and the tow, you should not have a problem starting your car up in the morning (unless you leave the fridge on 12V ).
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:19 PM   #10
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When Cap-It installed my break controller they did NOT install a solenoid switch and my tow vehicles battery went dead. Later, it shorted out completely and would drain the tow's battery every night if I didn't unhook the neg. terminal. The short, somehow, eventually killed the break controller and the 7 pin. Replacement cost...lots!!
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