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Old 03-18-2015, 12:23 AM   #1
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small battery for emergency brakes?

I have a Shamrock 21DK with a dealer-supplied Deka group 24 marine battery. I plan to buy another like it and store both at home for maintenance reasons. I don't camp as often as I'd like so I don't go to the trailer as often as the batteries might require.

I keep the trailer at a storage lot elsewhere. When preparing for a trip I park in front of the house for loading. I don't necessarily want to haul the batteries back and forth. It's easier to mount and dismount them directly from my garage to the tongue.

While towing, it needs a battery to serve for an emergency brake in case of decoupling. In that case it only needs power for a minute or two. I'm thinking a much smaller capacity 12V battery would serve that purpose.

Am I way off base? If not, I'll get a very small battery and leave it on the trailer. When camping I'll connect up the others, in addition, then take them off before I return the trailer to storage.

Comments? Education? If this isn't a bad idea, what size battery should I get? If inadvisable to have the small battery hooked up at the same time as the dissimilar larger batteries, I can just unplug the SAE connectors I plan to install.

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You're on base. Just about any sealed 12v (like the gel's you can pick up at Walmart for childrens power riding toys) can be used if you don't have far to go. $15-$20. It would probably need to be wired into the switch wiring though.. not through the main house cables. Your house parasitic draw might run it down too quickly.

For longer hauls they sell kits pretty inexpensively over at etrailer.com that can be used with dedicated battery and dedicated charger that works off the power pin on your 7 plug. In that type of a setup you can just leave the battery completely independent from your house batteries.
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E trailer has brake away kits.
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Old 03-18-2015, 08:08 AM   #4
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E trailer has brake away kits.
I'm not sure if that's a misspelling or a pun.
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If you go get the power toys battery, be sure you get one that is 12 volts, as they come in 6v and 12 volt versions!
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You can also use a sealed battery for a lawn tractor or motorcycle.
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I have a Shamrock 21DK with a dealer-supplied Deka group 24 marine battery. I plan to buy another like it and store both at home for maintenance reasons. I don't camp as often as I'd like so I don't go to the trailer as often as the batteries might require.

I keep the trailer at a storage lot elsewhere. When preparing for a trip I park in front of the house for loading. I don't necessarily want to haul the batteries back and forth. It's easier to mount and dismount them directly from my garage to the tongue.

While towing, it needs a battery to serve for an emergency brake in case of decoupling. In that case it only needs power for a minute or two. I'm thinking a much smaller capacity 12V battery would serve that purpose.

Am I way off base? If not, I'll get a very small battery and leave it on the trailer. When camping I'll connect up the others, in addition, then take them off before I return the trailer to storage.

Comments? Education? If this isn't a bad idea, what size battery should I get? If inadvisable to have the small battery hooked up at the same time as the dissimilar larger batteries, I can just unplug the SAE connectors I plan to install.

Thanks
The only way you are off-base is in that your breakaway battery must be able to provide and maintain 15 continuous minutes of activation for the brakes. That's the letter of the Federal DOT requirements. That said, a kit like this one gets it done:

50-85-302 - Bargman Breakaway Kit System #50-85-302 - RedTrailers.com

I have used the Bargman kits quite a bit, and generally buying the kit is cheaper than the battery holder and battery independently unless you have a local trailer supply that buys the components in bulk. You can get them with the on-board charger for charging from the tow vehicle, or without. I personally have two batteries on a trickle charger in my garage at all times and just drop them in when needed when I couple my non-camping trailers.
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The only way you are off-base is in that your breakaway battery must be able to provide and maintain 15 continuous minutes of activation for the brakes. That's the letter of the Federal DOT requirements.
Thanks for that fact, and to others responses and references.

With regard to wiring to the TV to allow recharge, how do I isolate it from the house circuit so as to avoid parasitic drain? If power from the 7-pin connector connects to both the house batteries and to the brake battery, does that not connect the brake battery to the house battery? Or does some circuitry in the charger prevent outflow back through the charging power source?
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