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Old 04-13-2013, 09:07 PM   #1
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Trickle charger 12V or 120V

I was thinking about getting a Trick-L-start for my Tiffin gasser. But after thinking about I was wondering why not just use a 120V style charger. I have an extra Harbor Freight float charger that I could use. My question is why do I want to steal power from the 12V house batteries and make that charger work harder then just use a 120V plug in style. Both the shore power and generator will provide power to an outlet. I don't have solar, sort of thinking about it but that is the only reason I can think of that makers the Trick-L-start a better option. Am I missing something?

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If you're running off batteries or solar, the Trick-L-start is better because it doesn't do a 12v->120v->12v conversion. If you're on shore power or generator, the float charger is better. IMHO.

Edit: I guess the Trick-L-start can also be permanently installed, while you're going to have to connect the float charger when you want to use it. I think.

Don't need either on my coach because we have a BIRD to charge both sets of batteries from the inverter/converter.
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If you're running off batteries or solar, the Trick-L-start is better because it doesn't do a 12v->120v->12v conversion. If you're on shore power or generator, the float charger is better. IMHO. Agree

Edit: I guess the Trick-L-start can also be permanently installed, while you're going to have to connect the float charger when you want to use it. I think. Can be left connected

Don't need either on my coach because we have a BIRD to charge both sets of batteries from the inverter/converter.
Yup, pros and cons - if desiring only to be used when in storage the trickle charger you have would be fine.
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