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Old 10-01-2017, 09:23 AM   #1
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Will battery power slide out and in?

If this is a dumb question I apologize in advance...

I will be moving to another volunteer location in a couple weeks and am thinking of staying at a campground with no hookups one night. Will the single battery have enough power to get the slide on my Flagstaff 25BHS out and then back in the next morning? My trailer isn't a whole lot of fun to be in when the slide is in. I would be very frugal with my battery use.

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Old 10-01-2017, 09:51 AM   #2
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I'm sure a whole lot will depend on how much energy you use during the night as to whether you have any left in the morning... If you're frugal you should be fine and you should be able to manually retract them if you have no power in the morning.
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Old 10-01-2017, 10:02 AM   #3
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If the battery is weak, you can always hook up your tow vehicle to draw off of your vehicle's battery.
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It better. Otherwise, you could only use this trailer in a campground with power hookups. That would be terribly restrictive. If your battery won't power the slide, then there is something wrong with your battery. The converse should be true: if your battery is in good condition, then you should have plenty of power.

But, as said, this depends on your behavior. If you turn on all your lights for 4 hours, run your furnace all night long, take a long shower running the water pump, etc., you could burn through your battery.
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Worst case is to remove the battery from the truck and use it to close up the RV.
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Use jumper cables from your truck battery if needed. That will carry much more power than the trailer lights connector. But your battery may do it alone if not run down overnight.
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Old 10-01-2017, 12:42 PM   #7
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Thank you for all your replies. I checked the water level in the battery and the charge as well - it read 13.17 so I should be starting with a healthy battery and will make sure I keep that way while traveling.

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I keep a jump starter with me, works on my truck and trailer if needed. Just a thought.
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Old 10-01-2017, 12:49 PM   #10
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If this is a dumb question I apologize in advance...

I will be moving to another volunteer location in a couple weeks and am thinking of staying at a campground with no hookups one night. Will the single battery have enough power to get the slide on my Flagstaff 25BHS out and then back in the next morning? My trailer isn't a whole lot of fun to be in when the slide is in. I would be very frugal with my battery use.

Thanks for any help.
I've run into that situation several times and the only thing I do (maybe for my own peace of mind) is to have the truck running when I put the slide in and out. It doesn't amount to much, I guess but what the heck!
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Run kitchen slide out while traveling all time. Only way you can get into refrig. Same with power jack, disconnect tt from truck on battery as well. You have done the right thing in checking voltage and water levels. Do not want to start a heavy discussion here, but read somewhere that tow vehicle electrical should not be connected when shore power is hooked up. So disconnect tv before shore is connected.
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I ditto posts #10 and #11. We always power the slides in or out while connected to the tv wiring receptacle if we're doing a Walmart type of quick overnight. Then I'll also always unplug from the tv to prevent unplanned discharge of both house battery and starting battery unintentionally. I start the tv in the morning plug in the wiring harness and then close the slides. Never had any problem using that approach so far.
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I ditto posts #10 and #11. We always power the slides in or out while connected to the tv wiring receptacle if we're doing a Walmart type of quick overnight. Then I'll also always unplug from the tv to prevent unplanned discharge of both house battery and starting battery unintentionally. I start the tv in the morning plug in the wiring harness and then close the slides. Never had any problem using that approach so far.
That is true with GM and Ram. At least the newer Fords will not drain the battery if plugged in and ignition is off.
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I mounted a neat voltage monitor that displays voltage and alarms at whatever voltage you set it at. Works slick. Wakes me to start generator before battery too low to start it. Especially valuable when running furnace as battery drops to alarm level in 4 hrs or so. Saves generator fuel and hours on generator.
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