Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Toads and Motorhome Related Towing
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-13-2018, 06:05 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
KWiK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Posts: 163
Battery Maintainer

The more I read the more I get confused.

#1 Do you
A. Use a battery maintainer
B. Wire direct to toad battery
C. No hookup between MH and Toad
D. ?
2. If you do use a battery maintainer
A. what Brand
B. are you happy with it.

Thanks
__________________
Kent & Denise
29' 2001 Coachmen Mirada (SOLD)
33' 2016 Holiday Rambler Vacationer
KWiK is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 11-13-2018, 06:26 PM   #2
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 3,607
3 coaches, over 200,000 tow miles and we don't use one. Hook the 12+ wire in your 7 pin connector to a 10ga wire direct to the toad battery. Put a 20 or 25A fuse within 6" of the toad battery 12+ post and you're done. Check the 12+ post in your 7 pin connector to see if it's still hot with your RV key off. If it is, you'll need to pull the 7 pin plug when parked and hooked up to prevent backfeeding from the toad to the RV. A lot of people put a diode in line, but the diode uses power so your toad battery doesnt charge as high and what ever charge you get isn't as fast as without it. THe battery maintainer is simply an expensive way to separate you from your wallet contents. Not needed and reduces performance.
Pigman1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2018, 06:33 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
AKIQPilot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Alaska in Summer Snow Birds in Winter
Posts: 1,902
It really depends on what you're pulling for a toad and what braking system you're using.

I agree with Pigman, you don't need a battery maintainer. If you need a charge line at all it just needs to be a fused line from your umbilical cord directly to the battery with a fuse within a few inches of the battery. Any more than that is a waste of $$$.

I don't use a charge line as my toad uses no power for brakes or lights or anything else when it's hooked up to the coach. My toad battery is about 12.5v when I take off in the morning and 12.5v when I stop 8 hrs later. It doesn't change even slightly.
__________________
Tom and Sherry W.
06 Winnebago Adventurer 38J Workhorse W24 Lots of motor and suspension mods in the works
02 Itasca Suncruiser 35U. Workhorse W22 w/Safe-T-Plus, Koni FSDs, UltraTrac, etc, etc.
AKIQPilot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2018, 06:34 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Bullitt6283's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Shrewsbury, PA
Posts: 187
I am using the RVi towed battery charger. No issues. No need to disconnect umbilical when stopped.

https://rvibrake.com/collections/sho...ant=8804388741


.
__________________
Ron and Dagmar, Retired
2016 Jayco Greyhawk 29MV.... 2000 Jeep TJ Toad
2009 Mustang GT (DW's DD)...2009 Mustang Bullitt (My Toy)
Bullitt6283 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2018, 06:47 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Poppy01's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Vintage RV Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Washington
Posts: 287
I use a charge line from the coach. The line was always hot. Rather than use a diode to avoid back feeding the coach when the ignition switch was off, in put a relay to shut it off when the ignition is off.
__________________
JR & Trouble
USAF Ret. Space Jockey
Traveling with Mags and Little Boy Blue
Poppy01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2018, 06:50 PM   #6
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 3,607
Quote:
Originally Posted by Poppy01 View Post
I use a charge line from the coach. The line was always hot. Rather than use a diode to avoid back feeding the coach when the ignition switch was off, in put a relay to shut it off when the ignition is off.
Good solution and you don't eat the losses the diodes give you.
Pigman1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2018, 07:19 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
UFO Pilot's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Sonoma County, CA
Posts: 6,024
I have been using a Toad-Charge for the last 6 or 7 years.
TOAD-CHARGE Dinghy Vehicle Battery Charger/Maintainer
__________________
Wayne & Roberta and Maggie the Miracle Dog 08 Winnebago Destination 39W Gas UFO Workhorse Chassis......It's really weird being the same age as old people.
UFO Pilot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2018, 07:54 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
vettenuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 5,441
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bullitt6283 View Post
I am using the RVi towed battery charger. No issues. No need to disconnect umbilical when stopped.

https://rvibrake.com/collections/sho...ant=8804388741


.


Same here.
__________________
2015 Tiffin Phaeton 40QBH
2018 Chevrolet Colorado Toad
Roadmaster Tow Setup
vettenuts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2018, 07:55 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: SE & Northern Michigan
Posts: 162
I am using a towed battery charger/maintainer that came with the Brake Buddy.
No issues.
No need to disconnect umbilical when stopped unless you want to stop the 12 volt supply from the RV.
__________________
2012 Winnebago Adventurer 35P
2009 Fleetwood Jamboree 31M Class C
Toad: 2013 Ford Edge SEL FWD
Offramp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2018, 02:10 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
KWiK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Posts: 163
Quote:
Originally Posted by Poppy01 View Post
I use a charge line from the coach. The line was always hot. Rather than use a diode to avoid back feeding the coach when the ignition switch was off, in put a relay to shut it off when the ignition is off.
Is there any rating or anything special on the relay. Maybe something to do with how long it can be energized without overheating? Is something like this what you are talking about

Did you install it on the RV or the toad?

Thanks
__________________
Kent & Denise
29' 2001 Coachmen Mirada (SOLD)
33' 2016 Holiday Rambler Vacationer
KWiK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2018, 02:31 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Poppy01's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Vintage RV Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Washington
Posts: 287
I used a 30amp continuous duty automotive style
__________________
JR & Trouble
USAF Ret. Space Jockey
Traveling with Mags and Little Boy Blue
Poppy01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2018, 04:47 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
AKIQPilot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Alaska in Summer Snow Birds in Winter
Posts: 1,902
Quote:
Originally Posted by KWiK View Post
Is there any rating or anything special on the relay. Maybe something to do with how long it can be energized without overheating? Is something like this what you are talking about

Did you install it on the RV or the toad?

Thanks
What toad and braking system are you planning on using?
__________________
Tom and Sherry W.
06 Winnebago Adventurer 38J Workhorse W24 Lots of motor and suspension mods in the works
02 Itasca Suncruiser 35U. Workhorse W22 w/Safe-T-Plus, Koni FSDs, UltraTrac, etc, etc.
AKIQPilot is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
battery



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Battery Maintainer (brake buddy) Hookup question rv rick Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 4 03-23-2011 08:00 AM
1.8 Watt Solar Battery Maintainer danes-on-tour RV Systems & Appliances 3 12-07-2010 09:45 AM
Battery Maintainer Question BlueLine Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 4 07-25-2010 08:34 PM
Hooking up a battery maintainer rvtips Monaco Owner's Forum 4 03-12-2009 10:59 AM
Anyone using a "Trik-L-Start" battery maintainer? Catpowered Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 2 08-09-2005 05:33 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:16 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.