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Old 05-02-2016, 02:58 PM   #1
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Battery for inside electrics?

Just purchased my first pop up, a used 2006 Rockwood Freedom 1640ltd.

What do the inside electrics run on? Is it my car battery, or can I get another battery to run them and any decorative lights I put on the outside while camping?

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Old 05-02-2016, 08:56 PM   #2
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If you look to the right of the propane cylinder in the pic below you'll see where the RV battery goes. That should power the 12v items in the RV.

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That would be great, except there is no battery.

But that's ok. I will have my doctoral degree in electrical engineering when I finish reading "The 12 Volt Side of Life", then I'll know it all.

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There should be wiring to hook a battery to in that location even if the battery (and box) is missing. Just pick up a deep cycle battery (and box) and mount it like shown. Then wire the positive wire(s) to the + post and the negative wire(s) to the - post and you should be good to go. There may be a few fuses to replace in the converter inside the unit.
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Battery

On my '87 Starcraft, it was located inside the camper, under one of the seats.
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Thanks, folks. That's very helpful. I'll look around inside.
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Just spoke to the seller. He says the interior electrics only run on shore power. Never a battery. Believe him?
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Just spoke to the seller. He says the interior electrics only run on shore power. Never a battery. Believe him?
No!
Popups are made for non-hookup camping, since nearly everthing runs on 12v.
They don't usually need shore power power, other than the a/c, microwave and 110v outlets.
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Thanks for the good news.
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It looks like the converter ( changes 110VAC to 12V DC and charges battery) may be under the dinette seat. Will look like a dark brown panel. You should also see to fairly heavy wires (should have terminals on ends) near the propane tank. Just get a plastic battery box, battery and tie down strap and you will be set to go. The lights, heater fan, fridge control are all 12V.
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Thanks, Flybob, that's great information. I'll look when I pick it up this weekend.
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