how often shore power vs. battery power is used

Discussion in 'Power - Site Power/Batteries/Generators/Solar' started by kcormier19, Oct 23, 2017.

  1. roybraddy

    roybraddy Well-Known Member

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    We mostly camp OFF-ROAD with our trailer and I have three 12V BATTERIES installed on my OFF-ROAD POPUP Camper.
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    The only question I have about not having a battery is that if your trailer is equipped with ELECTRIC BRAKES our state requires you have a working battery installed on the trailer in the event the trailer may become disconnected from the tow vehicles going over public roads. The on-board trailer battery is used to stop your run-away trailer using the Trailer installed electric brakes.

    This will happen when a BREAK SWITCH pin get pulled when the trailer becomes disconnected from the truck. ALot of older trailers are not equipped with installed brakes. In our State there is a weight number for any trailer being pulled over public roads requiring Trailer Brakes... Our state also requires a Trailer License Plate and a yearly safety inspection as well...

    Just something to check on in your situation... Its a required SAFETY thing in our State. Each State does it differently... Check with your local DOT/DMV office...

    Roy Ken
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  2. kcormier19

    kcormier19 New Member

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    I asked the question to learn from others experience. Sometimes it is not a good idea to be ignorant of options before you set out on your own journey so I thought it was wise to ask.
     
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  3. theseus

    theseus Centerville, OH

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    Well put! Most of us encourage questions. There are many things to learn if you only ask....
     
  4. tombiasi

    tombiasi Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for the answer to my question. Some people also need to ask questions of questions.
     
  5. 1380ken

    1380ken Well-Known Member

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    Not sure if that is a question or a statement?
     
  6. Halford

    Halford Well-Known Member

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    when I camp, I aim for sites with hook ups. The only time I do not have hook up is when I go to rallies.
     
  7. McFlyfi

    McFlyfi Member

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    I've never camped with hook ups...but that will change on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
    We're going to a county park that has both. Since we've never been at a site with hookups, and our Niagara has all the bells & whistles, we decided, "What the hell!". The cost wasn't much more, although I suspect the site will be among a flat, denuded section of the park with a sweet view of our neighbor's backside.
    But we'll get more than a Navy shower, no worries about the furnace, and all the 110 electrical appliances the DW would care to bring along.
     

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