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Old 11-10-2011, 12:30 PM   #1
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Question Slide and Battery

I have a 2012 23SS Roo. We took the battery out for winter storage and now want to do some mods. Do I need to put the battery back in to get the slide out? I will have it hooked to shore power.

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Old 11-10-2011, 01:03 PM   #2
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Can't say, I've never taken my battery out for storage.
I simply use my disconnect switch.
But I believe newer trailers don't need the battery connected.
If you try it, let us know if it works.
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Old 11-10-2011, 01:09 PM   #3
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I think Bikendan is right.

FWIW - I think I might have extended and retracted the slide with just shore power with no problem, but since I don't take my batteries out, I'm not sure why I would have done that. Maybe just playing around.

It used to be (and maybe still is) that people thought their converter needed the battery to regulate voltage. But, I don't recall reading that when I read the WFCO manual for the converter in my 233S.

I second the idea that you try it out and let us know.
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Old 11-10-2011, 01:28 PM   #4
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my sticker on my 2011 says must be hooked to shore power to move slides . but nothing about the battery as well .

In my opinion I wouldnt . the battery ACTS AS A BUFFER for voltage spikes . and high amp draws .
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In my opinion I wouldnt . the battery ACTS AS A BUFFER for voltage spikes . and high amp draws .
That's the conventional wisdom.

I've always wondered, if this is true, though, wouldn't there also be a warning sticker somewhere on the converter or slideout?

When I got this latest trailer this spring there were stickers all over the place warning me about things, but not this issue.
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OK, just called the service department at RV Wholesalers and they said "no you do not need to have the battery connected to use the slide". I confirmed that with no battery hooked-up the converter (with shore power hook-up) will have no problems? He said "you will have no problems". Now understand I only confirmed this with my HTT the Roo 23SS.
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OK, just called the service department at RV Wholesalers and they said "no you do not need to have the battery connected to use the slide". I confirmed that with no battery hooked-up the converter (with shore power hook-up) will have no problems? He said "you will have no problems". Now understand I only confirmed this with my HTT the Roo 23SS.
If you have your battery out and you plug in to shore power make sure that the hot lead (to the battery) is not sitting on the frame of the trailer, if it is you will get a short!
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Well good to know just in case.


In a bind for some unforeseen reason id probably do it once but I'm still a little Leary.
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Old 11-10-2011, 11:17 PM   #9
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I had a battery short while camped, had to disconnect the battery entirely. It never occurred to me to wonder if I'd be able to get the slide in, and when it was time to leave, the slide went in on shore power no problem. That's on a Rockwood 3215ss.
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:38 AM   #10
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If the battery is available while on shore power and a large current demand is made on the system, the lion share of the current comes from the battery and not the converter. This is verified by the Trimetric battery monitor showing 22-25 amp draw from the batteries while moving a single slide. Moving the opposing slides at the same time pulls about 44 amps.

Without the battery in the system, the Trimetric does not work (it measures current flow in and out of the batteries and not the camper), but the slides will run from the converter. They say the unit in my camper is rated for 55 amps DC so it should be capable of doing both at the same time, but I don't feel like buying a new one just to find out..
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