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Old 06-15-2008, 08:46 AM   #15
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The blocking diode defeats charging the toad, Diodes prevent the flow in one direction, if you put it in one direction current can only flow from the toad battery to the motor home, put it the other direction the current will flow from the motor home to the toad. If the motor home is not running, the toad will still draw current and run down both batteries. You would need to disconnect the toad wiring if stopped for any length of time (overnight) that the MH is not running.

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Old 06-16-2008, 11:12 AM   #16
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You are right about the diode not preventing the motorhome chassis from being drained by the toad while parked overnight.

The SMI Stay In Play has only drained the toad battery twice and it happenned after two days of towing and leaving the SMI "ON" while parked overnight. I guess the battery was very low after two days of not running the engine and leaving the SMI switch ON overnight was the drop that broke the camel back.

While I want to be able to move at a moment of notice while staying overnight at a truck stops or a Walmart, I don't want to face dead chassis batteries and not being to move out quickly. I am considering providing 12 volts to the toad using the coach batteries (4 golf cart batteries). I don't think that I will ever face dead coach batteries unless something is drastically wrong.

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Old 06-16-2008, 05:31 PM   #17
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I ran power from the Coach to a "Toad-Charge" unit between the Coach and Edge batteries, which powers the Even-Brake. So far, after 6,000 miles, it's worked very well.

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