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Old 05-16-2012, 12:07 PM   #1
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If I plugged my trailer into a wall outlet for day to day use, would the battery (car like battery) up front be charging? If not, I better get a trigger charger.

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Old 05-16-2012, 12:44 PM   #2
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Yes, assuming the battery disconnect switch is not pushed in. Also, don't leave it connected indefinetly as it will eventually overcharge the battery.

If you are just plugging it in to maintain the battery it's probably better to just get a battery maintainer,
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Yes, assuming the battery disconnect switch is not pushed in. Also, don't leave it connected indefinetly as it will eventually overcharge the battery.

If you are just plugging it in to maintain the battery it's probably better to just get a battery maintainer,
Sorry for the newbie question. Where would the battery disconnect be located? Near the battery?
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Depends on your model. Some of the older 130's and 160's didn't come with a disconnect at all. On my X210 it's on the rear wall of the front pass through storage compartment.
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LJAZ ~ so you are saying for the battery to take a charge when connected to shore power or the tow vehicle, the battery disconnect switch must be pulled out ..... which is the the same position required to power lights, etc. in the trailer. Is that correct?

In the 276 there is a control panel just inside the front door on the side of the sink cabinet with the battery disconnect switch and other switches.
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Old 05-18-2012, 12:46 PM   #6
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Eagle - that's correct. Pushing the disconnect switch in opens the circuit that connects it to the control panel so it won't charge.
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LJAZ ~ so you are saying for the battery to take a charge when connected to shore power or the tow vehicle, the battery disconnect switch must be pulled out ..... which is the the same position required to power lights, etc. in the trailer. Is that correct?

In the 276 there is a control panel just inside the front door on the side of the sink cabinet with the battery disconnect switch and other switches.
On the 276 switch OUT is charging, IN is not. I leave mine out all the time at the house when it's plugged into the shop on 30 amp service. I've checked the battery water level twice since Dec. and it has not moved.
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Good feedback. I would hate to run another battery maintainer since I have to run a power cord to the garage
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Good feedback. I would hate to run another battery maintainer since I have to run a power cord to the garage
I had space in the 100 amp electrical panel in the garage so installed a 30 amp single breaker and wire to an outside 30 amp RV box and plug right in with my shore cord.
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Regarding battery charging, you may want to read up on your Fun Finder power center. My 2007 189 FD had a unit made by WFCO with a built-in float charger mode. Perhaps your unit has the same or a similar power center. Here is a link to the manual:
https://www.dyersonline.com/lightspe...aitfile_id/50/
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I added this to the side of my shop when I had it built a year ago. Dedicated 30 amp service plug strictly for my camper. Works great!! The camper sits on the driveway to the right of pic about 10 feet.

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roy ~ exact same set-up I have except my outside box doesn't have a power company name on it.
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Like jbfunfinder mentioned above, your power center should have a "Float Mode". That means you can leave it plugged in all the time. I have done this for 4 years and the battery is fine. Never had to add water, never overcharged, always ready to go. No need to buy another trickle charger.
Also found the power center is just as fast as charging off a generator as a separate car battery charger.
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:57 PM   #14
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Regarding battery charging, you may want to read up on your Fun Finder power center. My 2007 189 FD had a unit made by WFCO with a built-in float charger mode. Perhaps your unit has the same or a similar power center. Here is a link to the manual:
https://www.dyersonline.com/lightspe...aitfile_id/50/
I have the WFCO unit. I look up the series and see if it has a flow charger. Thanks for the info.
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Regarding battery charging, you may want to read up on your Fun Finder power center. My 2007 189 FD had a unit made by WFCO with a built-in float charger mode. Perhaps your unit has the same or a similar power center. Here is a link to the manual:
https://www.dyersonline.com/lightspe...aitfile_id/50/
JB - thanks for the info! I have the same power center. I wasnt't aware that these had the built in float charger. Live & learn I guess.
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