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Old 11-23-2009, 03:17 PM   #1
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Is the battery really necessary?

We have an '08 Safari Sport that we always hook up to campground power when we travel.

Is there any need to keep the battery installed? Won't the electrical system work just fine without it?

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Old 11-23-2009, 03:37 PM   #3
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Thats right.. what he said..

But incase your not into reading other threads.. make sure you have a good battery capable or taking a charge and leave it installed correctly. Your charging system requires that battery be in place or it will go bonkers and hurt itself..
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Yep, keep the battery on line and in place. The battery itself is taking some DC charge from the converter. When pulled off the line, the DC voltage coming out of system is now increased which can reduce the life of the 12 volt appliances that are kept alive by the converter. Just watch the fluid levels of the battery and keep it properly hydrated.

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We have an '08 Safari Sport that we always hook up to campground power when we travel.

Is there any need to keep the battery installed? Won't the electrical system work just fine without it?

Thanks
The trailer must have an operable battery on board the trailer.

That requirement has been made in just about every state.

The reason?

Should the trailer, for "ANY" reason break away from your tow vehicle, the brakes on the trailer will activate when the breakaway switch pin is pulled.

The power, must be provided by the trailer, in case of a breakaway situation.

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Good Information!

Wow! This is good information! We are not retired, so we only use Airstream a few times a year for vacations and weekend getaways.

Because our driveway is so steep, we keep it at a self-storage lot. I keep the battery at home on a trickle charger. I was hoping not to lug it back and forth every time we go somewhere, but based on the above replies, I'll keep using it.

Thanks for your input everybody!
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Another reason to keep the battery would be to use the potty en route should the need arise.
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You might think about getting a solar battery charger.

Solar Battery Chargers | Solar Powered Portable Battery Chargers | BatteryStuff.com

Being just outside Hooville, where do you like to camp?
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