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Old 04-16-2011, 09:41 AM   #1
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Brake Buddy power

I have a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse for my toad and I want to disconnect the battery under the hood while towing. Can I put a marine battery on the floor of the passenger side, wire a 12v receptacle across the terminals and plug the Brake Buddy into that while towing? At the campground I would just hook the marine battery up to a trickle charger to bring it back up. What do you guys think?

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Old 04-16-2011, 09:49 AM   #2
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If your car battery is good thats all you need, just make sure you run a direct line from a receptacle to the engine battery with nothing else plugged into it like brake buddy suggests. Don't make extra work for yourself.

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Old 04-16-2011, 09:54 AM   #3
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Hi, If that is your approach, why not get a jump start pack. I bought one from a discount store, it also has a12 volt receptacle that you can plug your brake buddy into as well. A lot cleaner and easier to
handle than a battery. Several different amp sizes available. Good luck
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Burmashave - Yes you can do that but personally I'd not do it. I figure the first time I hit the brakes in the motorhome the battery would flip over and acid run out or it would slide around and create some other problem, who knows? For power for my Brake Buddy I was able to tap into a fuse box to the left of the clutch and have direct fuse protected power. I did learn if I did not start the car and recharge the battery every day it would drain the battery.
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I went for the direct connection to the car battery and it worked great. Keeps life simple.

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There is a device that is connected between your MH and your car to keep the battery charged while traveling. About $100. I carry a small charger to use if we are traveling and plugged in at night.
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