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Old 09-04-2018, 01:18 PM   #1
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How do i run off the battery

i am totally new to campers. i would like to make sure my 1985 sunline camper can give me lights off the battery when i can not plug in to electricity.
any help would be very much appreciated
scott
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Old 09-04-2018, 02:39 PM   #2
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Hello and welcome 85sun107!

You should be able to hook up a battery on the front of the trailer and then the lights should work. There are some trailers that have a battery disconnect switch. If yours does, you will need to make sure it is turned on. Make sure you are not plugged into shore power. If neither of those work for you, one of the more knowledgeable members can give more to look for.

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Old 09-04-2018, 05:57 PM   #3
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Your lights,water pump and heater should work off of your batteries. The heater is a bit of a power hog but can get you by for a day or two. Once you are plugged in the converter will take over to power all the gadgets no problem.
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Old 09-05-2018, 04:44 AM   #4
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thank you i was looking for a switch or something but have not found it , i have a battery in front of trailer but still learning how everything works . if i plug into my house lights and A/C works fine . but i was trying to see how i boondock as they call it
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Old 09-05-2018, 06:11 AM   #5
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Basically the power cord is your switch. Once you are in the woods the battery will power the necessities but you will have no working household outlets.
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Old 09-05-2018, 11:26 AM   #6
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I am assuming your '85 does not have a battery cut-off switch on the frame just behind the battery. This means your battery is always available (when charged) to power your 12 volt equipment ( heat, fridge when on propane, lights, water pump, radio, hot water heater when on propane, propane leak detector). You will not have any of your 120 volt electric outlets available or your microwave, or air conditioning. Plugging your camper into shore power should automatically activate these 120 volt items as well as recharge your battery using the on-board converter. The converter is the box with the fuses and circuit breakers in it. Fuses for 12 volt side, breakers for 120 volt side. If there is a breaker for the hot water heater, always keep it off until you fill the hot water tank. To go from 12 volt (battery) power to full 12 volt plus 120 volt capacity, just plug your camper into am appropriate power source (usually a 30 amp circuit) using your camper power cord. If you plug in to a regular home outlet (15/20 amp) using an adapter, make sure use a 12 short 12 gauge extension cord. I also do not recommend running air conditioning in this situation. Another note, check inside your fridge for a small climate control switch. If you have one, make sure it is off when using battery power. It will draw down the battery in a very short time.
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Old 09-05-2018, 12:06 PM   #7
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Being an "85" unless appliances have been swap out they are probably not electronic.
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