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Old 10-23-2014, 11:11 AM   #11
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If you are not going to have your battery with you it would be very important to tape up the battery terminals or place a zip lock bag over them. Once you power up you trailer with the 1KW generator the on-board converter/charger unit will be activated and if the battery terminals leads touch each other or ground you will blow some fuses or worse...

Also your slides do indeed work from 12VDC so your truck jumper cables would be a good 12VDC source to move the slide in and out as well...

Of course when camping off the power grid there is a RULE NUMBER to keep in mind being NEVER do anything to your truck start battery. This is your only way to get back home on haha...

There is another issue you may not be aware of as well. DOT has a requirement that all trailers that are pulled on public roads must be equipped with a break-away emergency brake system which must be powered by your trailer battery in case the trailer becomes disconnected from your truck while being pulled. Not having a working battery on-board might impact your insurance if noted you were not abiding by local DOT rules. Something to check on before just heading out without an installed battery on your trailer.

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Old 10-23-2014, 12:45 PM   #12
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RoyBraddy - I agree 100% with your comments about the break away battery and DOT requirement that the break away works. Just to be clear, both my dolly and boat have surge brakes that do not require a battery. Not sure if that is in line with your thinking but wanted to mention it.
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Old 10-23-2014, 03:29 PM   #13
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tape the positive battery terminals together (the ones that would normally go on the positive side of the batter) and just hook the 7 pin up to your truck and you should be good to go, a trick we used when i worked at a dealer and they didnt put the batteries in till they were sold
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If you are not going to have your battery with you it would be very important to tape up the battery terminals or place a zip lock bag over them. Once you power up you trailer with the 1KW generator the on-board converter/charger unit will be activated and if the battery terminals leads touch each other or ground you will blow some fuses or worse...
Thanks Roy, I wouldn't have thought of that but makes total sense. In storage, I insert the cables into the battery box [empty] for protection from the elements. I'll tape the ends with electrical tape before powering up. I want to use the genny not only to power up the camper but to use my electric air pump to keep the tires properly inflated as well.
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