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Old 10-08-2013, 08:46 PM   #29
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"If in doubt, pull it out."

Seems like a simple solution to me. You can stay hooked up (if backing up and hitting the ball is a problem), but you would be completely disconnected from the tow battery. KISS.
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Old 10-09-2013, 07:38 AM   #30
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Mystery solved

While inside my trailer I noticed a tapping sound similar to a dripping faucet. I finally tracked it down. It turns out that to detect connection, my Tekonsha Prodigy pulses the brake wire periodically. The sound I hear is the brake magnets energizing for a very short time. I doubt over the short term it would drain a battery but like all parasitic loads sooner or later... The only way to stop the pulsing is to unplug the umbilical or the controller. Raz
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Old 10-09-2013, 07:59 AM   #31
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Or you could put a switch inline with the batery lead to the controller. As I am sure you always test your trailer brakes when starting out you wouldn't forget to turn it back on each time.

Just a thought to reduce the noise as well as drain on the TV's battery.
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Or you could put a switch inline with the batery lead to the controller. As I am sure you always test your trailer brakes when starting out you wouldn't forget to turn it back on each time.

Just a thought to reduce the noise as well as drain on the TV's battery.
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"If in doubt, pull it out."

Seems like a simple solution to me. You can stay hooked up (if backing up and hitting the ball is a problem), but you would be completely disconnected from the tow battery. KISS.
Bob, you're quite correct, a switch would work. So would an extra pole on a charge line relay. But these add additional failure points. I prefer Donna's solution. Raz
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While inside my trailer I noticed a tapping sound similar to a dripping faucet. I finally tracked it down. It turns out that to detect connection, my Tekonsha Prodigy pulses the brake wire periodically.
THANKs Raz you have just solved a little mystery for me. I did a quick one night stop over and didnt disconnect from the trailer this summer and heard the same thing - checked the kitchen and bathroom for water drips - nothing.... but in hindsight now I realize I didnt hear that sound again once I remembered to disconnect the cable from the car.
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I keep hearing a snorting and wheezing sound in my trailer at night. My wife tells me she does not snore, so I am at a loss as to what it could be.

The dog maybe?
Nah, he already takes the blame for the farts I was not responsible for.
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