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Old 03-27-2009, 02:39 PM   #1
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Toad Battery Charger Installation Question

I have a Class C Aspect (2005-26ft). I just hooked up a jeep toad and have purchased a Brake Buddy supplemental braking system. Before using that device I found I will need a toad battery charging device to keep the toad battery from giving out. So...I ordered a TOAD-CHARGE system that connects the motorhome starting battery to the toad battery. The connection point on the motorhome battery is on the device (Battery Isolator) that connects the main battery to the house battery.

QUESTION: Does anyone have any idea where this Battery Isolater is situated in the Ford E450 chasis? Has anyone attempted this installation?
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Old 03-27-2009, 05:11 PM   #2
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I just visited the company web site and suggest you re-check your destruction, ur, instructions.

The standard install is a 12 volt motor home, they show the motor home end of the unit hooked to the chassis battery.. NOTE: in the FAQ section they mention if you have a 24 volt bus conversion you hook to the 12 volt HOUSE battery.

No mention was made of the vehicle's isolator relay (Though this is one end of the starting battery cable and of the house battery cable and thus would be a good attachment point)

But you could hook it to any point on either the house or engine battery positive, line
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Old 03-27-2009, 05:24 PM   #3
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Are you sure?

I question whether you need any battery maintenance on your toad.

I have a Brake Buddy ... I plug it into my cigarette outlet ... I pull two fuses so that the toad itself does not drain the battery ...

The point is: I have pulled my toad for four days (Beaumont, Texas to Casa Grande, Arizona) without unhooking and my battery was not discharged. The toad started just fine when I unhooked it.

If there is a setting on your Jeep so that you can shift it into neutral and not have the battery discharge without the brake buddy ... I seriously doubt that you need anything additional ...
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Old 03-27-2009, 06:15 PM   #4
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I have towed with and without the toad charger. I added it to my system for insurance. I am not familiar with your vehicle so can't help directly. You may want to call the manufacturer. I have found them helpful and knowledgeable. SteveG

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Old 03-27-2009, 06:40 PM   #5
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Need for Toad Battery Charger

The jeep towing instructions say to pull the negative battery cable before towing. The reason given is that with the ignition in ACC (to allow the steering wheel to turn freely), there will be a big juice pull by the ACC being on. I queried the Jeep Users Forum, and they indicated that the combination of the AAC pull and Brake Buddy pull, I would have some negative experiences with dead batteries. A forum member is the one who suggested the TOAD-CHARGE system. I agree with the responder who suggested just tieing in to the pos pole of the house battery. Pulling the fuses is another option. However, how do I identify which fuses to pull?
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