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Old 06-18-2018, 09:37 PM   #1
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Power supply to Toad Charger ???

Is it acceptable to run from the 4 wire trailer light bundle ( brown wire) to the trickle charger on the toad battery?? I am setting a jeep up to tow with a ACE 29.2, and have the RVI-3 system with toad charger. Thinking i could just tap the running lights line - as i always drive with those lights on. Was also considering that for a 12v feed to a second rear camera. Opinions appreciated - Thanks
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Old 06-18-2018, 09:57 PM   #2
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There is a charge wire on the 7-wire trailer plug specifically to charge the trailer's (or toad's in this case) battery.
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:21 PM   #3
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I have a 4 wire -
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Old 06-19-2018, 01:47 AM   #4
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4 wire connector doesn’t have a power wire - only has wires to run the tail lights. You need to provide wires for power and ground. The ground wire in a 4 wire setup may not be suitable for use with a charger. You probably need to have your rig set up with either a 7 wire or 6 wire plug
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Old 06-19-2018, 03:35 AM   #5
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i just wired a ACE to a jeep and the MH has a 7 spade from factory as does my Axis 25-2. put 6 round on both jeeps.
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Old 06-19-2018, 11:36 AM   #6
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I have a 4 wire -
MH should have a 7 spade round female connection, if you’re using a new 7 to 4 adapter change it to a 7 and add a charge wire.
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Old 06-19-2018, 12:12 PM   #7
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To answer you question.....
No , the brown wire is not heavy enough to carry both the running lights and charge current for the toad battery. Especially if the toad battery is low on charge.
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Old 06-19-2018, 01:12 PM   #8
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I bought a small solar battery charger from amazon. The panel sets in the windshield and I run the wire out the door into the hood were it hooks into the battery. The system has a device to help keep the battery from being over charged.

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Old 06-19-2018, 01:19 PM   #9
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If you want to stick with the 4 wire hook-up: why not just fire the Jeep up at the end of a day's journey, and let it's alternator get some useful exercise?
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Old 06-19-2018, 03:07 PM   #10
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I bought a small solar battery charger from amazon. The panel sets in the windshield and I run the wire out the door into the hood were it hooks into the battery. The system has a device to help keep the battery from being over charged.

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I have seen a few of these in the past, owners were happy. Great idea and thanks for sharing!!!
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