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Old 04-12-2013, 05:20 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by wyorancher View Post
Not one TT, utilty trailer, horse or stock trailer, or 5ver has a toad charge installed by the factory. Why? Don't need it. If it makes you feel better install one but basically a waste of money.
I don't quite understand this.

There is usually a charge line on a TT, or 5th wheeler. Even a camper may have a charge line.

As for the toad charge line it helps keep the vehicle battery up since power to any braking systems is being supplied by the toad battery. Often the ignition must be in an accessory position which will discharge the battery as well.

Some towing vehicles need to have a fuse and relay installed to activate the toad charge.

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Old 04-12-2013, 06:13 PM   #16
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I installed the Toad Charger system on my Jeep Wrangler. The breaking system runs off of the Jeep battery and I didn't want to run the chance of the battery to run down while towing may be overkill but piece of mind is more important to me.

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Old 04-14-2013, 07:55 PM   #17
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When parked overnight without shore power, e.g. boondocking at a Walmart, the coach can pull power from the toad if still connected. A diode would prevent that.
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:17 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Gary RVRoamer View Post
When parked overnight without shore power, e.g. boondocking at a Walmart, the coach can pull power from the toad if still connected. A diode would prevent that.
I installed a diode on my charge line so that I could have an led on the toad dash to show that the charge line from the MH was correctly connected. The light goes out when I disconnect the cable so I also know there would be no voltage getting back from the toad to the MH.

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