Does anyone have experience with one of these things? Dennis
When we got our trailer, it had no onboard battery, nor did it have any wiring out front on the tougne for one. So what I did was pick up a cheap $28 jump start battery last fall
, and wired a male end 12 volt plug to the electrical
system under the front bunk. It worked great to give us light
inside the trailer when we camped on weekends and stuff. I also have a small 12 volt air compressor, so it was handy to carry the battery and pump around to make sure all me tires
were at correct pressure before heading out on the highway. It also was nice to carry around in the winter to do boosts when I gets very cold here.
We then took a nice long 3 week drive down to California this summer, that is where I killed the battery, I could never find out exactly, but the battery was either 7ah or 14ah, anyway, between charging while driving all day, 4-8hrs, and plugging into electricity when the couple campgrounds had it, and running it dead once or twice, the battery on our last trip only gave us enough power for about 10 minutes of light
So, what I did was purchase this battery from Canadian Tire,
got a good deal, $89.00.
It has a lot more capacity at 28ah, but what will save me is it has an intelligent charger so I can leave it plugged in to electricity (and solar
when I finish wiring it) without worrying about over charging, it also has rundown protection so that when the battery hits 50% capacity it shuts off. It also has a power gauge so I can tell what the charge is. It can charge from the truck too if I need to, so it is very versitile for charging, the only downside is it didn't come with the proper cable to connect it to a solar panel
. It also has an 600watt inverter, for those time when I may need it.
I'm sure next year we will be very happy with its performance and we won't have to worry about babying the battery anymore, mostly the overcharging aspect.
From what I can see from the Duracell units is they are virtually the same as the Canadian Tire units.