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Old 09-16-2016, 04:09 PM   #1
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Toad charge wire on coach

What do the some of you that have a charge wire for toad, connect it to on coach? I was wondering what to connect to, does it need to be switched or power all the time? Do you connect to something around the engine or run all the way to the front to ignition switch?
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I ran my all the way to the front to the starting battery. I included an in line 15 amp fuse.
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Mine runs through a relay from the electrical compartment under the drivers feet and is only live when the ignition switch is on.
Didn't take much wiring an the part of the tech as there were already spare wires in place so it was just a couple jumpers, one in front from the relay and one in back from the connector block to the 7 pin connector.
There should be 2 self resetting automotive fuses, one on the MH and one on the towed. That protects both in case of the short inbetween.
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What do the some of you that have a charge wire for toad, connect it to on coach? I was wondering what to connect to, does it need to be switched or power all the time? Do you connect to something around the engine or run all the way to the front to ignition switch?
Assuming your coach is a DP, you can attach to the live power connection in the engine compartment to a heavy power cable.
If you have a power cut off switch, that is the perfect spot. Run the wire (8-10 gauge) through a 20A fuse or circuit breaker and down to the Aux Pin on your taillight plug. Then pick it up on the corresponding pin on the toad side, run through another 20A fuse or circuit breaker to the POS side of the toad battery. The fuses will protect the circuit weather it is connected or not. Very important.
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Yes thanks guys I thought I would put a inline breaker at each end , my coach is a DP but I didn't want to tie end to something going to engine and cause a problem there
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This is what I use. LED flashes when motor home is charging the towed battery.
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Thanks 2 stroker that's an idea too. Never seen this
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There should already be a charge line at the back of the MH that is in the RV 7 blade connector.
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Mine only had a 4 wire plug don't know if factory or not
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My Fleetwood MH has one but it was never completed at the factory. Ran approx. half way back under the MH and was capped off. I only needed to extend the power wire to a new tow plug with a power connection.

The circuit runs from the battery through a 30/40 automotive relay, which is controlled by the ignition so it doesn't provide power when the MH isn't running.
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What do the some of you that have a charge wire for toad, connect it to on coach? I was wondering what to connect to, does it need to be switched or power all the time? Do you connect to something around the engine or run all the way to the front to ignition switch?
I use a system called the toad charge and I ran it to my chassis batteries and it works great.

I know the hitch plug already has power in it but this was the best option for my situation.
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Toad Charging

I'm with 2 Stroker ... I use the hot lead in the 7 blade connector that's was already wired on the coach side to feed the charger he mentioned. The toad is charged while we drive ...
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