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Old 03-11-2013, 04:52 PM   #1
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Do I need a battery?

Sorry I'm so new...I hope this is an easy one. Do I need a good working battery for city power to work?

I moved to a different camp site and my battery was dead, even though I had been hooked up to city power. Plugged into new site and no electricity in the trailer. I'm getting the battery replaced. Do I need a good working battery for city power to work?
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:59 PM   #2
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The 115vac city power should not care if there is a battery or not. The 12vdc circuit can be powered by your converter without a battery but the power is cleaner and more stable with a battery in the circuit.

If you have no power at the outlets, something else is going on.

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Old 03-11-2013, 06:10 PM   #3
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Normally no.

On the other hand the way a PO wired my parents trailer with solar and an inverter, YES they definitely NEED a battery for 120V AC to work.

They have had to hookup the TV to the trailer while sitting in a site with power to charge the battery before they could get 120V in the trailer.
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On the other hand the way a PO wired my parents trailer with solar and an inverter, YES they definitely NEED a battery for 120V AC to work.

They have had to hookup the TV to the trailer while sitting in a site with power to charge the battery before they could get 120V in the trailer.
My camper is wired similarly - it's possible to get into a situation where our camper is dead in the water, with no on-board way to restart either the 12 volt or 120 volt electrical system, which can happen when the batteries get low.

In my case, this setup is one of the four options given in the owner's manual for the inverter. I'm not a fan, although I admit it's generally not a problem... but it really freaked me out the first few times it happened before I put good batteries (and chargers) in.
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