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Old 09-15-2017, 06:35 PM   #1
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Battery - Do I Need One?

Just bought a nearly new 178. Everything looks good but the battery and battery box were stolen prior to me purchasing it. I'm wondering what exactly the battery gives me, i.e. when would I be using it, and, considering that it is very unlikely that we will ever camp somewhere where we don't have an electrical hookup, do I need one?

We camped for years in pop-ups and never had a battery but this r-pod has more/different systems than any of our pop-ups.

Thanks for your thoughts on this.
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Old 09-15-2017, 06:39 PM   #2
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Yes, you need one. Some items only run off 12V DC. Others (such as the 3-way fridge) give you a 12V option.

Consider getting 2-12V batteries in case you ever camp without 120V AC shore power.

Great choice on the 178. We 178 owners are the best RVers around!
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Old 09-15-2017, 06:47 PM   #3
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I don't know about the R-Pod but on my old Shasta and my new V Cross things like the furnace and water pump didn't work properly without a battery. The lights would work off of the converter but everything else needed a battery.
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Old 09-15-2017, 07:02 PM   #4
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The battery also powers the electric brake system in break-away mode. I would not want to be without it.


https://www.horsetraileraccessorysto...Works_b_3.html


A battery also helps to stabilize the 12 volt system, even though the converter *should* deliver a fixed voltage.
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Check out b and d battery locks. Good high quality stuff
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The battery also powers the electric brake system in break-away mode. I would not want to be without it.
The most important reason right there.
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Old 09-15-2017, 08:36 PM   #7
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Yes you need a battery
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Old 09-15-2017, 08:53 PM   #8
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Please Google "the 12 Volt Side of Life"

A good beginner's guide to RV electrical systems.

I owned 2 popups for 15 years and both had batteries.
I have no idea how you ran the lights and furnace without one.
Maybe if you always had hookups. We never had hookups.
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Since your GVWR is about 3700 lbs, I believe just about every state in the country will require you to have operable brakes. If the trailer were to become disconnected from the tow vehicle and you had no battery, the brakes will not engage.

Therefore, you almost certainly will be towing illegally if you don't have a battery. And make sure you also understand how the emergency brake switch works.
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Some items need the battery in line to supply amperage not available from the converter.
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