Jayco RV Owners Forum

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-12-2018, 04:44 PM   #1
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Elsmere
Posts: 35
by-pass battery on shore power

I tried to search, but I am probably not using the correct terminology, so I'm sorry if this has been asked 100 times before.
I just picked up a very nice 2003 Eagle 311RLS that I will be taking to the campground where I have a permanent spot. This fifth wheel has seen it's last days on the road. I will park it at camp where she will spend the remained of her days.

Anyway, my question is, do I need to have a battery in the camper for my 12 volt lights / appliances to work?
I currently have a 1994 Jayco 325 and it has no battery and all of the 12 volt stuff just runs off of the Converter.

My "new to me" 311 has an Iota Converter / Charger.
Is it necessary to have the battery, or can I simply unhook it and everything will still work?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks form the new guy!

Kashmir is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2018, 05:36 PM   #2
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Port Royal
Posts: 40
I think everything should work, however having a battery in the system will help protect the 12vdc side from power line spikes and also give you light if the cg power goes down.

Don & Ruth
2013 F250 SD pushed by 2015 28.5RLTS
AFDon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2018, 08:18 AM   #3
Senior Member
Siamese's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Muskegon
Posts: 367
I would make a note of the model number of the Iota charger and look up the specifications on it.

Some converters are not suitable to be used without a battery, as they are made to deliver varying voltage amounts to the battery (multistage charging). The circuit boards, the brains in your appliances (AC, etc.) typically want a steady voltage. Otherwise they can just shot down or suffer damage.

Find out if your Iota is intended to be used as a "power supply". If not, instead of getting a battery, you might want to swap it out for a true 12v power supply and avoid battery maintenance and replacements.

I noticed that Iota has a model that is a power supply, and with the addition of a factory chip, it can be converted to a multistage charger. That model is about $125.00.
Siamese is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-2018, 04:53 PM   #4
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Elsmere
Posts: 35
Thank you. I am not sure what model it is.
I am not at the new camper presently.
It's either a DLS 15, DLS 30, DLS 45,DLS55,orDLS75.
Kashmir is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Jayco, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:18 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.