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Old 02-11-2013, 12:08 AM   #15
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Yes, you can disconnect the battery but on many newer vehicles then you have to re-set the radio, clock, and other settings. You lose all your pre-sets on the radio, time of day, etc. Also, on some vehicles you are still supposed to circulate the transmission fluid every 6 hours (or so). It would be a pain to have to connect and disconnect. Just more convenient to connect and forget about it.

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Old 02-11-2013, 12:41 AM   #16
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Wait. You are saying you leave the ignition on in your toad while you are towing it? What kind of car are you towing. I have 4 cars. All my cars, when I turn the ignition to the first click, unlock the steering wheel and no power to the ignition system. The odometer comes on, but when I shut the door even that goes off. It can't be any good for your toad to leave on the ignition system. Something doesn't sound right.
I tow my jeep or VW and never have a dead battery when I arrive.
If that's a problem. I agree with the poster above. I'd unhook my battery before I'd tie my MH and car batteries together. That will keep your ignition system off.

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Old 02-11-2013, 04:04 AM   #17
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I use the Toad-Charge with my 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and love it. As stated earlier, it not only charges the toad battery with just what it needs, it also protects the coach batteries with the diodes. Well worth the money in my book and I could probably get along well without it since the Jeep doesn't have the key in the ignition and my SMI Air-Force One braking system doesn't use any electrical power to activate the power brakes on the Jeep.
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:37 AM   #18
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Hi Ralph.

I tow my liberty for 5 months last summer. Key in the ignition but not in the on position. I have an RVI Brake system. I've driven 6 hours. Spend s night at a truck stop and drive another 4 hours. And my car starts right up.
I'm not understanding what is draining the battery in these cars. Any ideas
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:17 AM   #19
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The Brake Buddy plugs into the toad cig lighter for power. But as I said it hardly ever activates except in a hard braking situation. I don't think this is running the battery down. Because the Brake Buddy needs the toad battery, I can not disconnect the neg. on the toad battery. Also, the key is on the first click, the second click position is the normal run position after it is started. My assumption is the electronics are powered up in this position, even though the dash is dark. I know you can turn on the radio and built in GPS without the key in the second "on" or run postion but I always make sure the headlights are off and the radio is off. I still like the "Toad-Charge" solution which is designed for this situation. I don't want to have to worry about the toad battery running down or if my wiring will fail and damage something else. I want a comfort level and confidence the Toad-Charge device would give me. Worth the price for me. Boy there is a lot of good opinions here. I appreciate everyone's input on this. I have learned a lot just from participating in this thread.
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Some of braking systems require more power. Especially if they use
an on board compressor to activate brakes.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:48 AM   #21
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A toad charge is the answer!!!
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:25 AM   #22
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I used to have this problem and an RV electrical shop was able to help me out by installing this on my toads battery. Electric Brake Battery Charger Kit- 20007 | Electric Brake Wiring & Battery | Hoppy | TrailerPartsDepot.com= He did not like the straight hot wire from the MH to the toad as it did not allow for over charging etc; It worked well and I have towed for several thousands of miles without another dead battery.

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