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Old 03-22-2011, 01:59 PM   #1
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We just purchased a 2011 Ford Edge to tow behind our 42 ft. motorhome we installed a Blue Ox towing kit. We followed the owners manual instructions for the Edge that says you only have to start the car every 500miles and at every fule stop. We did that and all went well for 2 days and on the third day we had gone about 250 miles and when we stoped we had a dead battery. Should we stop more often and start the car or is there a battery fuse we should disconnect?

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Old 03-22-2011, 04:03 PM   #2
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Hello jakret,

You can tell us your name since we are all friends here.
There is a Bat fuse that your dealer can locate or you can hookup a Bat charging wire from your RV through the hitch wiring to the battery to keep charged.
Someone will chime in with the specifics.


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Here is an option you might like.
This uses the MH auto electrical system to keep the toad battery charged. One of the toad light plug is a 12v connection to the MH charging system.

Should never have a dead toad battery again no matter how long you tow.

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Old 03-22-2011, 06:53 PM   #4
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The 500 mile limit without starting is for the transmission, not the battery. We had the same problem once on our Lincoln MKX, the key didn't get turned far enough back and the ignition was still in the ACC position, and we arrived with a dead battery. Now I double check that all the dash goes dark, so far in 10K miles no other problems.

Just put the transmission in neutral and turn the key as far back towards off and that should fix you up,unless you have the push button start/stop, then you have to pull a fuse or get a charge line.

There is also a device that will disconnect your power when you plug in the toad, can't remember the name of it.


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Old 03-23-2011, 04:22 PM   #5
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If you drove for three days and two nights, did you turn off the ignition at night? If not, the battery will run down after being on for three days and nights.
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