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Old 02-26-2008, 04:51 PM   #1
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Dumb? Question

My brother has a trailer he uses just about every other weekend.

We were talking converters and batteries. He told me his converter quit on him a couple of years ago. He is always plugged in to shore power, so he
got one of these and has had no problems running 12v, charging, etc.

Has to be a downside. What is it?

Battery Charger BatteryMINDer Maintainer Conditioner by VDC Electronics

He removed the clips and hardwired to the battery. The 120 outlet he has it plugged in to is on a switch so whenever he wants it on, he turns on the switch.
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Old 02-26-2008, 05:29 PM   #2
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Wow... read the ad. Wondering if it'll wash my dishes, too?

Sorry, that's lame. Better than expressing my ignorance regarding your question. The device sounds interesting, tho'.

Seems as I have been reading through ALOT of the posts regarding electrical issues, there are an amazing amount of "devices" out there to save/enhance/maintain/protect all things powered. Does indeed get confusing as to what best protections are recommended and what devices enhance most in terms of functionality.
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The "downside" is that it only puts out a little over an amp. If that is all you are planning to use to keep your battery charged while using almost anything, it won't be able to keep up.
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Dumb question? No, A dumb question is.

If I stick my finger back in the socket will I get zapped again?

The only downsides to the battery minder is 1, No A/C. 2, You may be able to drain your battery faster than the battery tender recharges it.
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He said...

that he turns it on at night when everything is off and just leaves it on until he gets up in the morning.

What is the advantage having a converter if you are plugged in to shore at all times. Would this device work just as well?
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While I have your attention..

When I gutted my AS, I discovered this was not the first time it had been done.

At some point one of the PO's had installed galvanized boxes to hold the 120 outlets. Is this advisable? Just seems like a lot of metal on metal to me.
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that he turns it on at night when everything is off and just leaves it on until he gets up in the morning.

What is the advantage having a converter if you are plugged in to shore at all times. Would this device work just as well?
Almost evrything in your trailer runs on 12v, even the fridge has a circuit board that runs on 12v, even when it is running on LP, it uses about an amp. So, even the fridge will max out that charger, unless you have a unit that is 100% manual operation. A single 12v light bulb burns a quarter an amp. That charger is really a maintainer, it will not keep your battery charged if you turn anything on in your trailer. It is good for keeping your battery fully charged while your trailer is not in use.
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Old 02-26-2008, 05:50 PM   #8
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Have to check his model

He must have one that puts out more amps.

I will have to check his model number. After reading the manual, I see that the one I posted is not worthy of it's 'acclaim'.

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I have a new in the box converter, charger if anyone is looking for one. $250.00. See under classifieds. Power Supply for Airstream. Thanks guys and gals. Bette
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