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Old 12-17-2014, 08:52 AM   #15
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It was suggested as an option to his many workable solutions. Flexibility when arriving at a decision point sometimes involves compromise. In the end it is all about safety and peace of mind. I prefer the stock set up. Not broken? Don't fix it. Merry Christmas!!!
I understand your point, but my point is there is already a battery in the trailer, so it's a simple thing to just use it.

Thank you and Merry Christmas to you also.
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Old 12-17-2014, 11:49 AM   #16
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Thanks again All.

I've always had a "plan for the man" but I am very, very new to travel trailers. I want to be safe and ensure I'm being safe for others. And as my wife always tells me--I can over think things at times.

Such as with the breakaway and jack. In my mind the wire needed for the distance from mid-cabin to the tongue for the breakaway and jack would be too large and cumbersome. So I was exploring alternatives. I was also trying to distribute the weight throughout the trailer.

Again, most likely over thinking the process. But also trying to come up with as many solutions possible and then going with the best one that will fit our needs.
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Old 12-17-2014, 11:58 AM   #17
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Such as with the breakaway and jack. In my mind the wire needed for the distance from mid-cabin to the tongue for the breakaway and jack would be too large and cumbersome. So I was exploring alternatives. I was also trying to distribute the weight throughout the trailer.
A wire that is adequate to charge the battery from the tow vehicle (probably 10 ga.) would be adequate to run the jack and the electric brakes.
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Old 12-17-2014, 11:59 AM   #18
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You must never forget to regularly service it. At least on the day before the hitch fails......
Ah, if we can only predict the future.
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Old 12-17-2014, 01:11 PM   #19
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HowieE idea about a 20A fuse at the jack also adds some difficulty to theft if removed.

I tend to use ANCOR and other USCG approved wiring and devices. Good for this as the fuse holders tend to be better than SAE for weather.
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Old 12-21-2014, 02:15 AM   #20
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No, No, and No. You may have disc brakes on that trailer, disc brakes controllers may need 30 amp power with 10 gauge wire to charge the controller. Not the baby wire from the tow vehicle. Not a baby battery.
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Old 12-23-2014, 01:24 PM   #21
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my addition to this discussion = breakaway cable needs to be SHORTER than chains.
this is so breaks engage before chains come tight ! so often wrong on the units coming through here that I feel it needs mention !
brakes pull 4/5 amps per axle max , 12ga wire from well maintained coach batt is needed for breakaway to function ( battery on trlr has to be charged and in good condition )that way if trlr comes loose you won't have to go find a new 1
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