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Old 04-07-2016, 11:32 AM   #1
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Parking at Home - Power

OK, just wondering when you connected your unit to power while parked at home, if all inside circuit breakers are off does it still charge the campers battery?
Do you leave any of the circuits breaker on, if your not actually using the camper or refrigerator? Right now, I just left the 'Main' & 'Utility' breakers on. I didn't see any reason for the others (Heat, AC, Microwave, Refrigerator). I was surprised to see the Radio Bezel lit-up with just the battery. All breakers were off, so I guess the only way to kill the radio lights would be to use the Battery Disconnect switch?

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Guess I'd ask why you would need to shut off the breakers. I shut off my fridge and thermostat when I park my rig at home. Have never had a reason to trip the breakers. ??????
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Guess I'd ask why you would need to shut off the breakers. I shut off my fridge and thermostat when I park my rig at home. Have never had a reason to trip the breakers. ??????
No 'real' reason other than if your not using it why have power to it? I guess I thought I was helping the battery more that way. But in reality no 110V is using the battery, only the 12v stuff!

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Old 04-07-2016, 12:41 PM   #4
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Here is a typical 120VAC 30A Trailer wiring configuration... Might give you an idea what to expect.

The 120VAC has to operate the CONVERTER/CHARGER unit to charge your trailer batteries...



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Old 04-07-2016, 12:46 PM   #5
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Thanks Roy. That spells it our perfectly!

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I added a 30 amp weather proof box on an outside wall near where the RV is parked (also has a cable hook-up). So the rig stays powered up all the time. The battery stays charged (check the battery water often) and I'm told the fridge lasts a lot longer if it stays on. With everything powered up, it make a great guest room!
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If you have it plugged in at home, then the converter is providing enough power to charge the battery and handle any 12V loads in the camper. The key here is charging the battery, you want to be doing that with the on-board smart charger, it's good for the battery.

I would just turn off anything you don't want to use and leave the rest alone. There's really no reason to go tripping breakers IMO. The converter will also overcome "phantom" draws like the CO detector, and the radio head unit if the trailer is plugged in so they don't kill the battery over time.
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AERO-DAVE... I have a JENSEN Auto Radio in my OFF-ROAD CAMPER which of course has the 12VDC connection and want to see a ignition key ON-OFF which the trailer doesn't have. They added both of those wires to the same 12VDC connection. I split those out and added a second flip switch beside my radio to be my ignition key switch haha... This way I can turn OFF my FM radio with the slide switch and save my push button setting I put in for the area we was camping in. If I do the main RADIO off switch then everything goes off on mine..

You can see it labeled RADIO in this photo...


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I added a 30 amp weather proof box on an outside wall near where the RV is parked
I think I'll buy a 50' 30Amp cord as I have a 30Amp plug in my garage I'm not using today. It was installed 2 1/2 years ago for my 2-year leased Nissan Leaf. Car was ok, but with the 100 mile (really less) driving distance, its still not that practical to use. I think once they hit 200+ ranges (like the Telsa) then maybe I'll look at one again.

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Dave did your camper come with a shore power cord or did you have to buy one at the dealership?

If it came with one I'm guessing it's only 25 or 30'?

I'm going to need a 50' to reach my outside 30A plug, wondering what the camper comes with or if I should just look for one online now.
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