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Old 03-12-2018, 03:44 PM   #1
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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!
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Old 03-12-2018, 04:36 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:18 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 03-13-2018, 03:53 PM   #4
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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.
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