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Old 11-21-2013, 04:51 PM   #1
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Toad battery going dead

On the road with 2005 ds dp. 1st trip and have traveled aprox 1000 miles. This morning , toad battery was dead, jumped it and got underway, stopped this afternoon and battery dead again. I have jumper wire going from toad battery (positive) to 7 pin rv recept. I traced wire to x(plus position on the rv recept. I cannot get a 12 v reading. This position is at aprox. 1 o'clock((looking at the recept. I cannot find a fuse for this wire. Does anyone know if this hot wire isFuse d or could it go straight to chasis battery?
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Old 11-21-2013, 04:57 PM   #2
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Toad battery

I forgot to mention that jumper wire is fused at toad battery. This fuse is ok as is the wiring going from toad to rv recept (going backwards) thanks in advance roger
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:03 PM   #3
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I believe that you are towing with the electrical system fully up in your toad.
Google towing your toad 4 down. Part of the posting should be how to shut off the ignition system in the toad. On our Vue we installed a cut off switch in the 30 amp circuit for the ignition. This allows the toad to be towed without the ignition circuit being active thus not running the battery down. Good luck with solving this problem.
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:20 PM   #4
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The wire is often fused or an auto reset circuit breaker as the wire leaves the chassis battery(ies). If you can't trace the wire because it's in a sheath, you could string a new wire from the back of the 7 pin socket on the RV to the battery --- with an automatic reset 20 amp circuit breaker. That's what I installed and it works great.
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:53 PM   #5
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I installed a Toad-Charge. It charges your battery so you don't have to pull fuses. TOAD-CHARGE Dinghy Vehicle Battery Charger/Maintainer
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add a hot wire connecting to toad battery. make sure use fuses or breakers to protect the batts in case of short. it's easy to do.
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:38 PM   #7
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Toad battery going dead

Thanks everyone for the advice. Since I am on the road, I stopped at a Napa store and picked up some wire and a circuit breaker and hopefully it will warm up tomorrow (am in deming tx now ,temp in high 20's to nite) and will get this installed. Later I may consider a toad charger. Thanks again----roger
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Old 11-23-2013, 12:10 PM   #8
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I installed a Toad-Charge. It charges your battery so you don't have to pull fuses. TOAD-CHARGE Dinghy Vehicle Battery Charger/Maintainer
Ditto! For this device. I have used it now for many years and I have yet to have another "dead" toad battery. Get one now and save your frustrations for something new. Peace of mind knowing you will never have a dead toad battery!
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Old 11-23-2013, 12:14 PM   #9
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Ditto! For this device. I have used it now for many years and I have yet to have another "dead" toad battery. Get one now and save your frustrations for something new. Peace of mind knowing you will never have a dead toad battery!
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Charging battery

Does anyone use a solar charger to cig lighter while towing. Thought i may could hook up and put on sunroof and close the sheild
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Does anyone use a solar charger to cig lighter while towing. Thought i may could hook up and put on sunroof and close the sheild
How big of a solar panel are thinking of? It also depends on type of auxiliary braking system, whether ignition needs to be on, etc.

A charge wire through an unused harness pin and a couple of auto reset breakers has worked for me, I don't see how a trik-L-Charge would improve on that except emptying my wallet. Connecting two (or more) 12 v batteries together of similar charge condition creates no current flow, they just equalize. Starting RV engine might try to draw down toad battery at start up, but the circuit breakers would trip if it was an excessive current draw. Once started, the alternator will charge all batteries back to full charge.
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You don't say what vehicle you're towing so can't check if you need to pull one or more fuses. Some GM cars call to pull one, others two. My Susuki calls to pull one. Pulling the fuse disconnects the computer so you're not racking up miles while under tow. Also stops the battery drain.
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