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Old 01-15-2014, 03:15 PM   #15
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Peace of mind for me. I have not had a dead battery yet, but when the key is in accessory the dash lights stay on, as well as a few other things. Pulling fuses is no fun, and I am not real enthused with switches to make it easier either. My toad has dual batteries, but is also a diesel, so battery power to warm up the glow plugs, and heat up the air intake element takes some amps, plus you also get to start it, which takes more.
Understood. I guess a charge line makes more sense than something that almost fries itself, aye?
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I have used my BrakeBuddy for 13 years on a Saturn and a Wrangler. Even 3 days of driving/toading did not weaken the toad battery.

I do not have a charge line to the toad.

Why do you need a charger or charge line?
I have a Saturn VUE. With the key in the ACC position, even with the fuse pulled there is a load on the battery. The VUE manual even instructs me to stop every 3 hours to start the engine and re-charge the Battery.

The BrakeBuddy just adds another load to the battery.

On a couple of occasions I have ignored the owners manual and paid the price. Finally purchased the BrakeBuddy Battery Maintainer and the dead battery issue went away... At least until the device died.
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I have used my BrakeBuddy for 13 years on a Saturn and a Wrangler. Even 3 days of driving/toading did not weaken the toad battery.

I do not have a charge line to the toad.

Why do you need a charger or charge line?
You've been lucky. For $6 why risk it. No reason to run the battery low even if it will start later.
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I'm puzzled... Can't you just run a charge line from your RV's 7-pin connector to the toad's battery? Thus... the cost of that wire? Or is there more to this?
That's the way mine have been on various rigs for the last 30 years or so.
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You've been lucky. For $6 why risk it. No reason to run the battery low even if it will start later.
Having 2 toads with no draw but the BrakeBuddy, a Saturn SL2 and Wrangler, means no luck required. 3 days. About 900 miles. :-)
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Having 2 toads with no draw but the BrakeBuddy, a Saturn SL2 and Wrangler, means no luck required. 3 days. About 900 miles. :-)
Your choice. I'm sure there wouldn't be the big market and RVers willing to pay over $100 for the toad charge if the problem did not exist. In several RV parks I have parked next to RVers with their toad's hood up charging their batteries. However, maybe they had some other type of braking system. I do agree there is less problem today than back in the 70s since I no longer have to use the key and acc position.
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Your choice. I'm sure there wouldn't be the big market and RVers willing to pay over $100 for the toad charge if the problem did not exist. In several RV parks I have parked next to RVers with their toad's hood up charging their batteries. However, maybe they had some other type of braking system. I do agree there is less problem today than back in the 70s since I no longer have to use the key and acc position.
Today, I would have a charge line....if I didnt have a Wrangler.
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