So how long CAN you leave a 7-way connector plugged into your TV?

MicheleJolie

Member
Nov 6, 2022
19
It depends?


1) as long as you want if your 7 pin connector has not been wired for a battery.

2) if not connected to Shore Power you will discharge the TV battery. Discharge will be at at a fast rate if you are running the fridge on 12v.

3) if connected to Shore Power? You can stay connected as long as you want. The TV battery will get fully charged.
Thank you! I admit that #3 is the answer I wanted to hear. Maybe I'd better be careful!

"You see what you want to see and hear what you want to hear."
 

MicheleJolie

Member
Nov 6, 2022
19
I always disconnect. I saw a camper burn. No way I would want to try and unhook the vehicle during a fire.
How horrible. I saw one burn once, too. The person was running a gas heater inside it (this was in Maine in the winter) and thankfully got out without being injured. Very, very scary for everyone.
 

Digitdav

New Member
Sep 9, 2019
2
Total newbie here --just got home from my first camping experience with 2023 Aliner Scout Lite. No fatalities! I stayed cozy in the camper even though it was in the 40's and drizzly for part of my trip.

I don't want to run down my TV battery, but I'm lazy and don't want to unplug the 7 way if I don't have to. I'm reading and hearing different advice for how long you can leave the 7 way connector plugged into the TV. One source (can't remember which) said as long as you're connected to Shore Power, you won't run down the TV's battery. Another source said overnight is the max, even if connected to Shore Power. So . . .
How long can 7 way stay connected if I'm plugged into Shore Power?
How long can it stay connected if I'm not plugged into Shore Power?
Can I remove the camper battery fuse instead of unplugging the 7 way?

Thanks in advance, folks!
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Nice trailer. My suggestion is not to stay connect to the car, only if you are plug in the Shore Power. The reason is the battery charge in the trailer should charge both the trailer and car.
To verify measure the car battery float voltage should be about 13.2 vdc, Bulk charge about 14.4 vdc. Also I have added Solar Panel to every trailer I have own (7). The battery will last longer and stay charge, make sure you don't leave any electronic on. Amazon has a 200w 12vdc solar paned and a 12 vdc solar panel regulator. My battery last between 10 - 15 years. The kill of battery is depth discharge volt Inverter stop work at about 10.5 vdc to prevent draw dower to much. The more solar panels the better.
 

MicheleJolie

Member
Nov 6, 2022
19
Nice trailer. My suggestion is not to stay connect to the car, only if you are plug in the Shore Power. The reason is the battery charge in the trailer should charge both the trailer and car.
To verify measure the car battery float voltage should be about 13.2 vdc, Bulk charge about 14.4 vdc. Also I have added Solar Panel to every trailer I have own (7). The battery will last longer and stay charge, make sure you don't leave any electronic on. Amazon has a 200w 12vdc solar paned and a 12 vdc solar panel regulator. My battery last between 10 - 15 years. The kill of battery is depth discharge volt Inverter stop work at about 10.5 vdc to prevent draw dower to much. The more solar panels the better.
Thank you! I'll check out the solar products. This Aliner has an interface for solar, but I was told it only works with the interface brand -- kind of like Apple products.
This whole thread has shown me I need to learn about batteries and voltage.
Thanks again!
 

karen Hoffmeister

Active Member
Nov 6, 2021
170
Total newbie here --just got home from my first camping experience with 2023 Aliner Scout Lite. No fatalities! I stayed cozy in the camper even though it was in the 40's and drizzly for part of my trip.

I don't want to run down my TV battery, but I'm lazy and don't want to unplug the 7 way if I don't have to. I'm reading and hearing different advice for how long you can leave the 7 way connector plugged into the TV. One source (can't remember which) said as long as you're connected to Shore Power, you won't run down the TV's battery. Another source said overnight is the max, even if connected to Shore Power. So . . .
How long can 7 way stay connected if I'm plugged into Shore Power?
How long can it stay connected if I'm not plugged into Shore Power?
Can I remove the camper battery fuse instead of unplugging the 7 way?

Thanks in advance, folks!
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Hope you have AAA, you will wake up with a dead. Car battery. It takes no more effort to pull the plug than it does to take the keys out of the ignition.
 

Digitdav

New Member
Sep 9, 2019
2
Thank you! I'll check out the solar products. This Aliner has an interface for solar, but I was told it only works with the interface brand -- kind of like Apple products.
This whole thread has shown me I need to learn about batteries and voltage.
Thanks again!
I would recommend no less than a 200 w 12 vdc. Check to see if there is a 12 vdc regulate built in to your trailer.
 

Susan Premo

Super Active Member
Nov 5, 2020
1,040
Minnesota
Thanks, Steve! Yes, the LED's and the roof fan are all that's built in.

Trying my best not to panic about anything!
I know how that feels! It's scary in a way if you've never had a camper, us either, we're pretty new to this too, sometimes just reading things people talk about on here and a Facebook aliner group I'm in, just give the heebie geebies!
 

jeepster04

Active Member
Nov 23, 2010
299
It depends?


1) as long as you want if your 7 pin connector has not been wired for a battery.

2) if not connected to Shore Power you will discharge the TV battery. Discharge will be at at a fast rate if you are running the fridge on 12v.

3) if connected to Shore Power? You can stay connected as long as you want. The TV battery will get fully charged.

This. I will add, you can also leave it hooked to the TV if youre not on Shore Power for many many days. It all depends on what you're using in the camper. I left my camper battery hooked up once while I wasn't camping and it lasted for over a month before the propane alarm ran the battery down on the camper.

Also, my TV has a relay that turns the 12v+ off when the ignition is turned off. So I could leave it hooked up indefinitely.
 

unclemark

Overland Park, KS
May 15, 2014
407
Overland Park, KS
Yes, still attached at the tow ball in the image. Sorry about the duplication! This ended up being a one-night trip -- I was close to home and bad weather coming in -- and I didn't disconnect anything. No problems.
Thanks for the good reminder about not using the stabilizers for actual support. One of the very few things I'm sure about so far is that the tongue jack post supports the camper when it's not seated on the ball.
Although I think we probably unplugged the seven pin, I've camped on the hitch once, on the first stop of a multi-stop camping trip, with rain forecast for the early morning when we wanted to get back on the road. I don't think we used the stabilizers because the TV provided plenty of stability. Otherwise, our routine is to chock the trailer wheels and always unhook everything at the campsite and camp on the stabilizers and the tongue jack.
 

Sjm9911

Super Active Member
May 31, 2018
12,455
Nj
Thats probably a bad idea, because you may not be level. That can cause undo problems on the bed frames, slides and such. When stopping for one night, I still level the camper with the toung jack and un hitch. Then I just lower it down in the am. If I am mostly level I leave the hitch conected and level a little with the jack. How did you get the front bed slide out without un hitching?
 

unclemark

Overland Park, KS
May 15, 2014
407
Overland Park, KS
Thats probably a bad idea, because you may not be level. That can cause undo problems on the bed frames, slides and such. When stopping for one night, I still level the camper with the toung jack and un hitch. Then I just lower it down in the am. If I am mostly level I leave the hitch conected and level a little with the jack. How did you get the front bed slide out without un hitching?
No front bunk: A-frame camper. We had a level, concrete site, and the camper was level on the hitch. Did it once only, to ensure we did not need to get soaked with rain at day break to get back on the hitch. Under these unique and special circumstances, it was a great idea. Since then, we've camped 68 nights without repeating the practice.
 




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