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Old 12-21-2014, 07:12 PM   #1
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I am currently hooked up to AC. However, tomorrow night I will connect for an early take-off the following morning. I would like to go ahead and hook up the electrical cord, as it will be very dark in the morning. Is there any problem hooking up the electrical cord from the trailer to the truck while keeping the AC cord connected to the campground post?
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Old 12-21-2014, 07:18 PM   #2
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Is there any problem hooking up the electrical cord from the trailer to the truck while keeping the AC cord connected to the campground post?
Not a one. You're good to go.
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Old 12-21-2014, 09:10 PM   #3
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Like you I like to get the trailer all hooked up and ready to roll the night before, to the point all I have to do is get into the truck and turn the key. It never quite works out that way but pretty darn close.

To that end, I always disconnect shore power cable for fear I will forget it and drive off with it attached. But as the others have stated, there is no electrical reason you can't leave truck and shore power both attached overnight.

As the trailer sits ready to tow overnight, the only battery draw is the fridge controller board and the LP detectors for about 10 hours. Not a problem.

What do you feel is the advantage of keeping shore power attached until the last minute? Are you at home or in a campground?
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Old 12-21-2014, 09:24 PM   #4
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I'm always paranoid about leaving my truck and trailer connected because my dealer told me the trailer will drain the truck battery if I left it connected. (Not sure how fast it, actually, would and if that only means when dry-camping.)

But I did hear if your truck battery is dead, you can connect the camper and, supposedly, can get enough juice to start the truck...also not something I've tested!
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Old 12-21-2014, 10:19 PM   #5
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Nope. No problem.
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I'm always paranoid about leaving my truck and trailer connected because my dealer told me the trailer will drain the truck battery if I left it connected. (Not sure how fast it, actually, would and if that only means when dry-camping.)

But I did hear if your truck battery is dead, you can connect the camper and, supposedly, can get enough juice to start the truck...also not something I've tested!
But I did hear if your truck battery is dead, you can connect the camper and, supposedly, can get enough juice to start the truck...also not something I've tested![/QUOTE]

I always worry about the trailer draining the truck battery too! I disconnect it if the truck will be off for long periods of time although I don't no if it is really necessary. I don't think the wiring that runs from the camper battery to the truck's starter could handle the current required for engine starting though. Maybe someone will say either way for sure on both accounts .
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Old 12-21-2014, 10:36 PM   #7
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On my truck there is a relay when you turn off the key it disconnects the battery charging circuit. Also will not be enough amps to start truck you would melt the wire. Also yours must have the relay if it was set for towing or it should to prevent from back feeding to your truck. And yes I leave mine plugged in till I leave just don't forget to disconnect you will have damage to both the trailer and cord.
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On my truck there is a relay when you turn off the key it disconnects the battery charging circuit.
Same with my GMC.
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I agree with NO3putt. Use a "sticky note".
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