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Old 03-07-2011, 06:33 PM   #1
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Can I use the battery or not?

Last year I bought my 2005 Surveyor SC-255RS. I have a question for you This summer I would like to go camping where there is no services and just using the battery as energy. There is the problem, the master bedroom is a slide out which is behind the trailler. Now the question, I would like to know if I can use to power of the battery to pull it out and to bring the bed inside of the trailler?
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Old 03-07-2011, 06:53 PM   #2
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I think most slides work on 12 volts.....I know mine does. Try it at home without being hooked up to 120 volts to be sure.
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Old 03-07-2011, 07:06 PM   #3
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Yes sir. Your slide motor runs on 12 volt DC, so you can disconnect and still run the slide out on internal battery.

However;

If you will have no way to recharge the battery, and you use a significant amount of power while you dry camp, be prepared to manually crank in the slide (read up on it ahead of time). That motor needs 18-20 amps to run.

You should also MAKE SURE the 12 volt battery charging line on your truck works to charge the battery before you go. If the fuse is blown or missing, you will be in trouble if the trailer battery dies. You will have no trailer brakes on the way home and no way to get them back.

FYI The 12 volt line to the 7 pin trailer socket only has power with the engine running! It should have at least 13 volts there.
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If you are low on battery power when you go to leave, and can't get the slide to move, just hook up your TV and start it. Then you can run off of the juice from the TV. Been there; done that!
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If you are low on battery power when you go to leave, and can't get the slide to move, just hook up your TV and start it. Then you can run off of the juice from the TV. Been there; done that!
I leave my truck hooked up and running when I extend the slide while setting up during a dry camping trip. Extending a slide really taxes a battery right from the get go, and I figure the extra help is a good thing.
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I leave my truck hooked up and running when I extend the slide while setting up during a dry camping trip. Extending a slide really taxes a battery right from the get go, and I figure the extra help is a good thing.
Never thought of that. Good idea.
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Never thought of that. Good idea.
The only problem with that is I need to unhook the truck to level the trailer before extending the slide. I have cheated up to this point and just leave the umbilical cord connected while I pull up slightly so the couple will clear the ball. But 1 of these days I am going to pull up too far and break something.....I really need to unhook the umbilical cord and then plug it back in after getting the proper distance.
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I really appreciate it. Thank you guys for the info
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FYI The 12 volt line to the 7 pin trailer socket only has power with the engine running! It should have at least 13 volts there.
Not always so. My truck battery is always hot to the
trailer plug. I've gotten out of bed in the middle of a cold
night to plug in the truck so the furnace could run a few
more hours more than once!

My truck even has the battery saver circuit where if I
leave a door open or the cargo light on with the motor
off, it will shut off the lights after a while.
The trailer plug stays hot.
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Not always so. My truck even has the battery saver circuit where if I leave a door open or the cargo light on with the motor
off, it will shut off the lights after a while.
The trailer plug stays hot.
Dan, this does not sound like a "feature." So if you are plugged into the camper with the truck engine off you can kill the truck starting battery?

I will check my truck documentation again today. I am sure mine does not have power unless the truck is running. The battery saver is on my truck also, but why defeat it by routing a high draw item in such a way as to allow it to bypass the battery saver?
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