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Old 08-29-2020, 10:47 PM   #21
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This occurs in my 2014 Chevy Spark

I to have to disconnect the battery & reconnect it when I get to campground.

When you switch your key to accessory juice is being used by on star plus many other vampire electrical things.

This is normal in modern vehicles today.

I was told you could just put the key into the ignition & not turn it to Accessory & no ill effect would occur. I haven't tryed this & would do more research before you do this.
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Old 08-30-2020, 02:24 AM   #22
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The pros who installed my invisibrake system told me to turn the key to the notch where the dash lights come on (acc), then turn the key toward you one notch (on). My toad is a 2004 Jeep Liberty manual transmission with 4wd. Good luck.
What is the purpose? InvisiBrake gets its power from the MH brake light feed on the 7 pin. With the MH parking or headlights on the InvisiBrake charges the TOADís battery.

Are you sure your installer was a pro?
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Old 08-30-2020, 02:45 AM   #23
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I to have to disconnect the battery & reconnect it when I get to campground.

When you switch your key to accessory juice is being used by on star plus many other vampire electrical things.

This is normal in modern vehicles today.

I was told you could just put the key into the ignition & not turn it to Accessory & no ill effect would occur. I haven't tryed this & would do more research before you do this.
Does your Spark have a steering wheel lock? That would be the only reason I could see to turn the key to the ACC position.

My Sonic does not have a steering wheel lock so after making sure it is in neutral I turn the key off and remove it, then close and lock the vehicle.
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Old 08-30-2020, 04:17 AM   #24
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I don't care what break system is in my toad. I always have installed a DC to DC converter/charger to isolate the RV +12DC and the toad. My toad always had a totally charged battery and never has been dead doing it this way. I never liked directly connecting the RV +12DC directly to the toad battery. Before doing it this way, I had a blown fuse in the RV that I had to locate and yes a dead battery. Only happened once.
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Old 08-30-2020, 07:43 AM   #25
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I’m not explaining what the power source is, merely the key position to keep the steering wheel free. Just trying trying to help the guy out with his battery drain issue. Didn’t mean to upset you so.
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Old 08-30-2020, 01:35 PM   #26
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I have to pull two fuses on my 2017 Buick Envision in order not to drain the battery while towing.

As long as you ensure your brake, tail and signal lights are working, that sounds like a good technique.
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Old 08-30-2020, 02:59 PM   #27
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I agree with MLP. I have an RVi brake, professionally installed, and my towed (F150) battery died when I towed with a one night stop (two days connected without any changes or disconnects). I installed a kit (under $100) to charge my towed battery from the 12 volt line from the motorhome, and have had no problems since then, even during a three day tow with no disconnects or F150 starts or disengagement. My cable is a 7 pin connector on the MH to a 6 pin connector on the F150; all wiring is through this cable.
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Old 08-31-2020, 03:31 AM   #28
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Our solution to the battery discharge problem is to stop every couple hours and let the toad run for 10-15 minutes while we take a break
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