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Old 04-14-2014, 08:39 AM   #1
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battery replacement

I just purchased a 2006 29bhs, It need a new battery. Does it hurt anything to have the battery out and still be hooked up to shore power? We don't plan on doing much boondocking so I feel just a deep cycle battery will do fine, any suggestions?
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:15 AM   #2
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I'd suggest not going without a battery. A battery will act to smooth out spikes in DC electrical loads. Sharp, sudden spikes in load on a power converter will put a strain on it and will be sure to shorten its life. Turning lights on & off won't be much of a strain. But slide outs, electric stab jacks or a electric tongue jack are a different matter.

Also, campgrounds are typically in VERY rural areas. Rural areas are prone to power outages after summer storms. Without a battery and without AC power, you will have no electrical power at all. Without any power either AC or DC, your refrigerator will not run and your beer will not be cold. Even when running on propane, most RV fridges need some source of 12v electrical to function.

For your needs, even a smaller group 24 should work. A group 24 battery and a box can be obtained for a lot less than what a new power converter would run.
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You are also required to have a battery on-board to satisfy DOT RULES for the trailer break-away setup. Your trailer must have a 12VDC on-board source to operate your electric trailer BRAKES in the event you trailer becomes disconnected from your truck when being pulled. The purpose of course is stop your run-away trailer ASAP... A hugh safety thing for all concerned.

Being a DOT SAFETY RULE might affect an Insurance claim if it is noted your trailer did not have a working battery on-board.

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You are also required to have a battery on-board to satisfy DOT RULES for the trailer break-away setup.
Good call, I forgot about that aspect.
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Yep, got to have a battery. I have friends that tow campers out of Elkhart, IN professionally and they all have to hook up tow out batteries so the brakes will work.
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I believe that having a battery will make life easier for your inverter. I can't remember where I read something about that.
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