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Old 05-18-2015, 05:42 PM   #1
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Toad Charger

I'm currently traveling in OK and my Toad Charger has died. Anybody know where a new one can be bought without going through a mail order?

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Old 05-19-2015, 06:03 PM   #2
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Not sure what you mean by "toad charger". If you're referring to something installed between your MH and toad to keep the toad batteries up while traveling, the simple answer is that you don't need it. We run a wire from the BAT pin on the 7 pin trailer connection plug on the MH to the toad battery + post. Put a 25A fuse within a few inches of your toad battery and you're done. We've been running that way for close to 200,000 miles in 3 separate class A's with 3 different toads.
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:26 PM   #3
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Pigman1,

I just installed a US Gear Universal Tow Brake system that came with the used Honda Element that I bought for towing. The simple charge wire that you described is exactly what they recommend and that's the way mine's configured. Works fine!

One question in my mind is what to do when the toad is still connected to the parked RV. Do you leave the umbilical cable connected in that instance? If it's connected the toad battery and the RV's chassis battery are in parallel. I guess that shouldn't hurt anything, but I've been disconnecting the cable for an extended parking period - overnight for example.
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At first I too used to disconnect when boondocking overnight such as at a Walmart. After checking the hot pin in the coach connector I found it went dead when I shut off the coach ignition. Ever since I don't bother pulling the plug, but it sure it wouldn't hurt anything, and it's not like it's s major job or takes a long time.
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Old 05-20-2015, 08:00 AM   #5
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Toad Charge is a product from LSL Products.

As far as I know, they are strictly mail order, but give them a call and ask about the easiest to get a new one.

Toad-Charge Towed Vehicle Battery Charger & Maintainer Kit - RV Power Supply
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Another towed battery Charger that works.
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Pigman1,

I just installed a US Gear Universal Tow Brake system that came with the used Honda Element that I bought for towing. The simple charge wire that you described is exactly what they recommend and that's the way mine's configured. Works fine!

One question in my mind is what to do when the toad is still connected to the parked RV. Do you leave the umbilical cable connected in that instance? If it's connected the toad battery and the RV's chassis battery are in parallel. I guess that shouldn't hurt anything, but I've been disconnecting the cable for an extended parking period - overnight for example.
What I did was put a diode on the charge line at the toad battery just before the fuse.
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