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Old 11-10-2019, 03:01 PM   #1
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Is a battery necessary.

Hi, have a 5th wheel permanently parked in a campgrounds connected to power. Do I need to have a battery installed. Thanks for any help

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Old 11-10-2019, 03:34 PM   #2
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No, however if you have a frig that can run on propane it will not be able to in the event of a power loss. Several years ago we had an old TT at a site after having to toss a bunch of food we added a battery.

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Old 11-10-2019, 03:38 PM   #3
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I would

I would definitely have a battery. When, not so much if, the power goes out, you are going to want some power. Iíd put a little solar powered trickle charger on it.

But thatís me..All about contingency.


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Old 11-10-2019, 05:10 PM   #4
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Depends ..........
Some converters NEED battery as a 'load' to properly fuction

So more info is needed

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Old 11-10-2019, 05:26 PM   #5
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Need? Maybe. Maybe not. Depends on how the converter reacts to not having a battery.

Should you have one? Yes, imho. Designed to work with one. Backup in case of power outage. Etc.

If it not going to be cycle much, a sealed lead acid marine type battery or batteries may fit the bill. Walmart.
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There are components of your AC that likely require a 12 volt source. I've had ACs fail due ot not having 12 volt power before. You do need 12 volt power, but not necessarily a battery. Your converter/charger might be able to handle that load all by itself (also might not), but either way, I'd suggest tossing a battery in there. You can get them fairly cheap and a single battery will do what you need and keep the load on your converter/charger low, maximizing its lifespan.
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Disconnect the battery and see what happens.
Converters are built to convert 120 volts to 12 volts. Chargers need batteries.

If you have a volt meter, check the output voltage without the battery. Should see about 13.4 volts.
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it was designed for it and when it comes to elect i do not mess with it. just my opinion
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The first clip is from the WFCO website FAQ section. I believe WFCO is one of the most popular converter/chargers out there.

The second clip is from Progressive a very popular converter/charger.

Both say that a battery is not needed.

With The OP being permanently in a site, no battery will be needed.

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