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Old 01-31-2015, 11:38 AM   #1
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Charger/Converter Question

I remove my (2) batteries during winter layup and maintain them as needed in the shop.
I was surprised to find that all the 12 volt lights in the 5th wheel still work without any battery connected to complete the electric circuit.
Question: Without the batteries ...Would the charger/converter provide enough power to run the slide out 'pump' or the 'landing gear jacks' ?
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Old 01-31-2015, 02:42 PM   #2
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It should, I'm guessing your plugged into 30a/50a. Be careful as there could be arcing since it will try to charge your battery. Not sure if there's a fail safe to detect no battery

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Old 01-31-2015, 05:16 PM   #3
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thanks mustardbucket107

yes, plugged in 30A.
I really wasn't going to try it without knowing for sure.
It would probably be safest to have the batteries back in place first.
However, it is nice to go into the trailer and still have lights w/o batteries.

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Old 01-31-2015, 09:43 PM   #4
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I'm not gonna say don't do it, I've done it fir about 5 minutes before, just make sure your battery cables are in a safe place

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If you decide that you don't want to run heavy 12 volt loads without batteries, you don't have to put them all back in. Just one 12 volt or two 6 volts will do fine and you won't have to lug them all to the RV. Just tape up or secure the loose cable ends.

Or, if you just want to run something and leave it, you could run jumper cables from your vehicle. Even a riding lawn mower battery would give enough extra power and buffer to avoid any problems with your convertor. A portable booster battery would work, too.
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