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Old 10-03-2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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New Toad, Flat Battery

We bought a new Subaru and had a blue ox and wiring loom installed.
Tech said that the lights would be powered by the coach so no battery draw.
The brake buddy however is powered by the cig lighter and the car is toad on aux.
After 24 hrs could it be just the brake buddy that flattens the battery or is it wired incorrectly??
Do I need the cig lighter powered by the coach??
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:06 PM   #2
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A wire on the chassis or house battery positive post to the pos. post on the battery in the Subaru will solve the problem. Put an auto resetting circuit breaker (I used 30 amp ones) in the circuit near the RV battery and another near the Subaru battery. I wired mine through a spare pin in my 6 pin wire harness so it unplugs when I unplug the lights. I also tied the ground from the 6 pin socket on the front of the towed to the frame so the charge wire would have a reliable ground.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:52 AM   #3
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Your BB should be step-up to aid in aggressive stopping of the MH and TOAD, typically it is in stand-by with very little current draw. If it is set-up properly the BB MAY actuate once a trip. This should not drain the TOAD battery. Verify all of the auxilary loads, fan, radio, auto-on lights, etc. are off. JM2...
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:18 AM   #4
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When we first got our braking system we had the same problem. After a number of phone calls and finally a stop at an authorized dealer (who also made a number of phone calls), we found out that we had not read the directions for putting our vehicle transmission in neutral correctly.

Once we followed the correct procedure, everything worked the way it should and we no longer have the battery draining problem. Our vehicle has to have the transmission in neutral, the shift lever in PARK, the vehicle shut OFF and the key removed.

I would suggest you go back and carefully reread the directions from your vehicle owner's manual. That MAY be your problem too.
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:32 AM   #5
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Ok I'll check that
But it is a manual car
I believe I have every thing turned off
It must be toad in aux or between off and aux
If the later I'm not sure how this would affect the brake light activation
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I drained my toad battery by forgetting to unplug the break when we stopped for the night. The battery was tested and ok but it was weak. I would run the car during rest stops but that did not help. A new battery solved the problem along with remembering to unplug the break when stopped for the night.

I plan to add a tow charging line soon.
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We have a Brakebuddy and a charge line. Everything worked fine for several months until we got a flat toad battery after 2 days of towing. Turned out the charge line had come disconnected from the socket on the toad. After repairing it, I installed a diode in the line and ran a wire to a 12v LED on the dash. The green light tells us the charge line is connected and working.
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I'm going to add a charge line
The guy that bstalled the wiring loom actually removed the fuse from just near the coach battery that used to go to the toad
I'll have the feed from the plug to the battery built and no more flat battery
Thanks for the input all
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There is another way. Get one of these Clore Automotive JNC660 Jump-N-Carry 1,700 Peak Amp 12-Volt Jump Starter : Amazon.com : Automotive (or similar) and use it to power the brake unit. Also handy to have around if you need to jump start a vehicle.
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There is another way. Get one of these Clore Automotive JNC660 Jump-N-Carry 1,700 Peak Amp 12-Volt Jump Starter : Amazon.com : Automotive (or similar) and use it to power the brake unit. Also handy to have around if you need to jump start a vehicle.
Fine, but it will need charged, and when it goes flat there will be an unexpected loss of toad brakes. A really bad idea in my opinion.
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At great expense I've added a charge line from the coach to the toad battery.
Installed auto reset fuse,20amp, at the toad battery. Checked that the coach end already had one.
Charged the toad battery and I guess I'm all set
Now just one more similarly related query on a new thread.
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