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Old 02-18-2014, 11:55 PM   #1
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This is pretty basic, but do you need the "House Batteries" connected to tow the airstream, or are mall of the lights and the trailer brakes supplied power by the tow vehicle?
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Should be all from the tow vehicle
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This is pretty basic, but do you need the "House Batteries" connected to tow the airstream, or are mall of the lights and the trailer brakes supplied power by the tow vehicle?
Hi, while towing, you need the house batteries for the break away system. The rest will be from your tow vehicle.
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Should be all from the tow vehicle
The trailer brakes are hooked to the trailer battery in order to provide emergency braking in the event of a trailer breakaway. I would want my trailer brakes to apply if it broke free of the tow vehicle!
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The trailer brakes are hooked to the trailer battery in order to provide emergency braking in the event of a trailer breakaway. I would want my trailer brakes to apply if it broke free of the tow vehicle!
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Just the trailer breakaway switch is connected to the trailer battery.
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Just the trailer breakaway switch is connected to the trailer battery.
Actually my comment was correct. I simply read both of the posts he started and tried to help him understand that the trailer battery is part of the system.

Maybe it is best said this way. If he wants to tow a trailer with all safety features intact he needs a trailer battery in the system.

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This is pretty basic, but do you need the "House Batteries" connected to tow the airstream, or are mall of the lights and the trailer brakes supplied power by the tow vehicle?
If you want to tow legally then you must have a house battery that is charged and connected. Your running lights and brake and tail lights are all fed through your unbilical cord connected to your TV but your breakaway switch is run from your house battery. If your are pull over for some reason and the trooper is on top of his game he can inspect your rig for all equipment being operational and if the house battery is not connected or not charged he can park you until it is fixed. So yes you do need the house batteries connected. This is not "thought " this is fact I tow campers for a living and have to deal with the legal part of towing all the time.
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