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Old 09-19-2016, 08:44 AM   #1
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Hello all.
I recently ran into an electrical problem with my 2006 wolf pack toy hauler.
I was about to move the camper to another location in town for the weekend. The traffic was so heavy that I could not back out onto the road so I decided to move it the next morning. The next morning the truck batteries were dead! as was the camper battery. I thought that the camper had a device to prevent the truck batteries from being drawn down by the camper. I contacted Forest River asking for a schematic and I am told there is not one available.
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Old 09-19-2016, 08:54 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. You most likely left some devise on in the trailer and also left the truck connected to draw power also from those batteries. Depending on your tt it may have a power disconnect switch for power on the tt. I'm not familiar enough with your tt so some where front of tt should be the switch. Later RJD
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Old 09-19-2016, 09:04 AM   #3
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Most trailers, with a current draw (ie-something left on drawing 12 v's) if left connected to a tow vehicle will deplete the tow vehicle battery if left connected long enough. If you don't have a 12v disconnect switch on your trailer, install one to stop the discharge of your trailer batteries as well as your tow vehicle. In the mean time, always disconnect your tow vehicle from the trailer when sitting for extended periods.
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Old 09-19-2016, 09:11 AM   #4
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I have had the camper since March, I have never had this problem before. I forgot to mention that the charger in the camper is also not working. Yesterday I disconnected the battery and put a charger on it. I will test today and see what happens.
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Old 09-19-2016, 09:26 AM   #5
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Being the TT is 10 yrs old, it's very probable that there is no battery disconnect. You are probably going to have to install one yourself.
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or simply unplug the truck when parked. My Ford SuperDuty and Ecoboost had relays built in that disconnected the charge line when the engine was not running.
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Many newer Trucks with tow packages have a relay in the fuse box that disconnects the 12V aux line when the ignition is off. It appears your TV does not. You could very easily add one to the TV. You simply need a high current relay that would be placed in line with the Aux line and is activated ( N/O contacts ) only when the TV is on.
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Before I went to 6V, I had a pair of 12V. I had one battery go bad and it killed the other in a matter of hours. In addition to installing a disconnect, I'd check several things while you are poking around. Verify the voltage at the battery when plugged in to shore power to make sure your charger is really bad. Also, have the battery load tested using a tester with a deep cycle mode (my local Wal Mart had one) as it tests a little differently than a starting battery.
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or simply unplug the truck when parked. My Ford SuperDuty and Ecoboost had relays built in that disconnected the charge line when the engine was not running.
That will fix the TV battery from running down, but won't do anything for the TT battery.
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