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Old 09-03-2016, 07:50 AM   #1
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Trickle charger ok?

I have a dumb noob question! If I hook up a trickle charger to the trailer battery the day before we go, will it backfeed the charger in my converter and hurt it? Should I unhook the battery? The trickle charger is automatic and shuts off when the battery is charged. Thanks!

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I have a dumb noob question! If I hook up a trickle charger to the trailer battery the day before we go, will it backfeed the charger in my converter and hurt it? Should I unhook the battery? The trickle charger is automatic and shuts off when the battery is charged. Thanks!
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Leaving a trickle charger connected to your trailer battery while the converter is powered should not cause a problem to the battery, the converter or to the trickle charger.
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Old 09-03-2016, 10:32 AM   #3
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A trickle charger will not do much for a severely discharged battery. Since you have a source to plug in a charger, why not just plug in the camper?
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A trickle charger will not do much for a severely discharged battery. Since you have a source to plug in a charger, why not just plug in the camper?
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Do we know that the OP's battery is severely discharged?
(If he said that I missed it).
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Do we know that the OP's battery is severely discharged?
(If he said that I missed it).
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Just a mere statement of fact, good grief! He said that he was a "dumb noob", so we can assume that he needs all the information he can get. A trickle charger is basically used to maintain a battery and plugging it in the night before might not be useful. In addition, many trailers have no disconnect switch, so he needs to know that the battery should be disconnected as soon as it is parked. If he hasn't been doing that, the battery will be severely discharged.
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I have to ask, if you have a converter and a power supply to operate the trickle charger, Why not just plug in and forget about the trickle charger. Let the converter do what it's made to do.
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Just a mere statement of fact, good grief! He said that he was a "dumb noob", so we can assume that he needs all the information he can get. A trickle charger is basically used to maintain a battery and plugging it in the night before might not be useful. In addition, many trailers have no disconnect switch, so he needs to know that the battery should be disconnected as soon as it is parked. If he hasn't been doing that, the battery will be severely discharged.
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I agree that "A trickle charger is basically used to maintain a battery and plugging it in the night before might not be useful".
However not all batteries in all RVs need to be disconnected as soon as it is parked to prevent it, or them, them from being severely discharged.
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The OP has an 18" trailer, if not being used, the battery needs to be disconnected whenever the trailer is not plugged into to the tow vehicle or electricity.
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I have to ask, if you have a converter and a power supply to operate the trickle charger, Why not just plug in and forget about the trickle charger. Let the converter do what it's made to do.
I guess I was thinking instead of plugging in the whole unit, just charge the battery. So... makes no diff in the grand scheme of things to just plug in?

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I guess I was thinking instead of plugging in the whole unit, just charge the battery. So... makes no diff in the grand scheme of things to just plug in?



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Why not? The trailer has a much more powerful charger built-in.

Now I see you have a "pop up". What type of charger does it have ?
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The OP has an 18" trailer, if not being used, the battery needs to be disconnected whenever the trailer is not plugged into to the tow vehicle or electricity.
Thanks everyone for your replies. I have the info I need. One thing though - the popup has been traded off. The dealer said he could replace the converter. This post is about our new trailer, an 18' Coachmen Apex Nano. Just want to be sure I don't start out with any self-inflicted problems on this one! Ha-ha!

One last thing - Mr. lynnmor, why do you say I should disconnect the battery when not using the trailer? Are there systems in the trailer that drain power even when everything is off? Or some other reason? Thanks -

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Mark, the best thing you can do for your battery is keeping it fully charged. If your trailer is equipped with a converter, there is no need to use a trickle charger. When you're plugged in, the converter will do its job and keep the battery fully charged.

Now, if you store the trailer where you do not have the luxury of shore power, the best thing would be to remove the Negative Cable from the battery to prevent any parasitic load in the trailer from draining the battery.
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Being you are buying a new trailer. I would check to see if it has a cut off switch on it also known as a Salesman switch. If it doesn't I want to have them put it on there. Trust me you will get tired of unhooking and hooking the battery up every time you park it trust me I know.... Dusty
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