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Old 03-11-2016, 11:41 PM   #6611
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Doug, the instructions for the VIAIR 400P that I just bought says you should run the engine to make sure the battery doesn't discharge too much so they seem to suggest you should connect to your vehicle's battery rather than the trailer's. Maybe if you have multiple deep cycle batteries you'll be OK. Have you used it connected to your 5er's batteries without being connected to shore power?

No, I've only used them with the truck batteries but I rarely leave the truck running. I don't run it long even when I'm topping up all 10 tires. And, the truck has dual batteries- so I've never had a problem starting it.

Running off of the camper battery was just an idea that I had with this concept of easy to hookup connectors. Right now, getting to my battery isn't super easy (move stuff in the basement, lift a panel, and unscrew the box).

For everyone else- good ideas. I have been thinking about something like the posts up under the wheel well- should be easy to run the wiring to it and easy enough to hook up.
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Old 03-12-2016, 08:11 AM   #6612
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Doug, the instructions for the VIAIR 400P that I just bought says you should run the engine to make sure the battery doesn't discharge too much so they seem to suggest you should connect to your vehicle's battery rather than the trailer's. Maybe if you have multiple deep cycle batteries you'll be OK. Have you used it connected to your 5er's batteries without being connected to shore power?

This is a good point. We don't dry camp so in my application the TT would be connected to shore power when using the battery mounted power point.
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Old 03-12-2016, 08:14 AM   #6613
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Just make sure the wire is a heavy enough gauge to handle the draw and distance from the bats.

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Old 03-12-2016, 08:46 AM   #6614
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Installed a 1,000 W semi sine-wave inverter. It was on sale for $119 at Canadian Tire. Placed it behind the panel where the fuse panel etc resides on my 2014 Work n Play18EC. Instead of putting it on the floor, I screwed it to the underside of the plywood panel that is just under the fridge. That leaves me space on the floor to put in a Progressive EMS. I didn't have time to wire up a plug, so just ran an extension cord out the panel which is hanging there for now. Ran a TV & DVD player. The semi sine-wave invertor worked fine. Idling, the inverter used 0.3 amps (as shown on my Trimetric 2030RV. Handy feature is a simple, wired remote on-off switch. It powered the TV & DVD player fine. Some guys have commented that you need a pure sine-wave invertor. I figured I'd just try this... no flutter or snow appeared on the TV. Happy with it!

THEN! de-winterized the trailer and spent 2 nights at the best provincial park in British Columbia; Rathtrevor Beach near Parksville.

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I bought one of those on sale at Canadian Tire too. Glad to hear it works properly...
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What I did to my RV Monday was trade it in on a new Heritage Glen 29BH. The first thing I did to the new one was drive it to the furniture store next to the RV dealer and bought a new 11" memory foam mattress. Now I just need to get my own truck to pull it. I had to borrow my son's truck to pick it up.





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Old 03-12-2016, 02:46 PM   #6616
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Now that's an awesome mod. All the best of luck.
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Old 03-12-2016, 02:52 PM   #6618
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Hooked mine to the truck. Rolling out for spring break tomorrow.
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Did that to mine 3 years ago. Good mod!

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