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Old 05-23-2015, 05:39 AM   #1
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Classic mistake...

Well, we arrived last night for our annual Memorial Day Weekend camping trip. The site is sloped a bit and I couldn't get the camper to stop rolling a little even with the chocks out. I decided to pull the break pin to activate the electric brakes while I put the stabilizers down. Worked like a charm!

Only problem was I forgot to put the break away pin back in and woke up this morning to no power! Took me a few minutes to figure it out. What a maroon!

Needless to say the generator is running now... Hopefully I didn't damage the battery.

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Old 05-23-2015, 06:17 AM   #2
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Also a bad habit.

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Old 05-23-2015, 06:34 AM   #3
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Replace the breakaway switch.. the reed contacts in it are not made to have current going through them that long.. they may be damaged now.. better to spend a few bucks now than be sorry later..
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Old 05-23-2015, 07:27 AM   #4
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Worse yet you may have damaged the brake magnets... Do a quick check before you hit the road... We always use the slider switch to stop our truck and trailer at the first stop sign we come to before getting on the big road when we first head out.

Each BRAKE MAGNET draws around 3AMPs of DC current with 12VDC applied. Didnt take long to drop your batteries I bet haha...

It is always not a good idea to ever drop the batteries below the 50% charge state and not get them recharged back right away... Internal battery damage starts right away which effects the battery long term performance.

How many truck start batteries have we replaced over the years just after one over night full discharge... They are just never the same after that happens...

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