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Old 10-13-2016, 10:50 PM   #11
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I know it is quick and easy to pull the plug, but worried about batteries on trailer getting too low. Thought if I stayed hooked up I could keep the trailer batteries from getting too low. Thought I would buy a jump battery for emergencies if my truck battery should get too low.
I follow. Based on the size wiring from the truck battery back, I don't think it will help even if your truck will allow it. The furnace will probably pull them down much faster than it will the truck if still hooked up. If it got to the point where the furnace drained your trailer batteries, they'd probably be useless before the smaller / longer wiring pulled enough out of your truck to help.

Also, those 6V are designed to take deep discharging much more so than the starting battery in your truck. If I had to make a choice of which ones I had to push, it'd be the 6V's.
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Old 10-14-2016, 06:10 AM   #12
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Dave, what's the Frontier's hitch capacity and payload capacity?

Owning a 23SS, which would be lighter than the 23WS, I would never tow mine with a v-6 midsize truck.
But I live out West and have lots of mountains to deal with.

I see the weight police have checked in.
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Old 10-14-2016, 06:58 AM   #13
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I see the weight police have checked in.
you know what, i have towed basically the same trailer for 10 years now, so i think i have legit input.
do you have the same trailer?
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Old 10-14-2016, 07:43 AM   #14
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you know what, i have towed basically the same trailer for 10 years now, so i think i have legit input.
do you have the same trailer?
No, but the OP was asking about batteries. If he had weight concerns, he would have asked.
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Old 10-15-2016, 09:59 AM   #15
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Safest thing to do is just unplug it when you stop for the night. It only takes a few seconds and there's no guessing.
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Old 10-15-2016, 10:45 AM   #16
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I know it is quick and easy to pull the plug, but worried about batteries on trailer getting too low. Thought if I stayed hooked up I could keep the trailer batteries from getting too low. Thought I would buy a jump battery for emergencies if my truck battery should get too low.
Couple of things here. First, usually the charging circuit from the truck comes off the alternator, not the truck battery. That's why you only get current for the trailer battery when the tow vehicle's engine is running. If the charge line is run off the truck's battery, it will be controlled by a relay that closes when the ignition is on or the alternator begins to put out current. Either way this prevents the TV's battery from being depleted by the trailer.
Second, two, fully charged batteries should last a couple of nights. Set the thermostat at its lowest and put some mo' covers on the bed.
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Which route are you taking and are you against stopping at a campground? I know some are closing for the season soon but the Ohio turnpike has rest areas with rv hook ups for $20 a night. Give your route and maybe we can help with places to stop.
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Travel Route and Battery Concern

Did not realize the trailer does not draw off the truck battery, apparently only draws current when alternator is turning or at least the ignition switch is turned on. Makes sense.
As to our route, I plan to return to Delaware via West Virginia. Have some friends to see there. Did not know about the RV hook-up available at Ohio rest stations. Thanks for the info. Not sure of the route I will take, but if I find myself in Ohio and I am tired, I will be looking for one of those rest spots.
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Old 10-16-2016, 09:19 AM   #20
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you know what, i have towed basically the same trailer for 10 years now, so i think i have legit input.
do you have the same trailer?
If you are that concerned, why don't you look it up yourself?

The trailer weighs 4760, and the frontier can tow up to 6500lbs.
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