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Posted: 08/11/19 02:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When i'm using my truck's WiFi, how do i keep my trucks batteries charged, will using shore power and the truck hooked up to the trailer keep my trucks batt's charged? my running lights in my truck stay on during operation, so my batt will deplete very fast, also will a batterie charger be needed instead during usage? if nothing else works?

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Posted: 08/11/19 02:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Use the WiFi very sparingly.


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Check the truck battery voltage. 12.6 is charged. 13.2+ is charging from the trailer. 12.5 or less is discharging.

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Well normally you run the engine to charge the battery. Why do you need that much WIFI anyway? If nothing else you could use a battery charger. Frankly this is a new question that I've never seen here before...heh.


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If your truck and trailer are wired properly, they should automatically disconnect from one another when you shut off the ignition, thus shore power will NOT charge your truck battery. This is to prevent your being stranded because you can't start the truck after boon docking (i.e., no shore power).

So I agree with @GordonThree: use the truck's wifi very sparingly when the engine is off.





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This is a VERY good question. My wife will sit in the truck with ACC on for the wifi to post pics and whatever, although I recently installed a Winegard wifi 4G for the trailer. But if I don't buy 4G data from Winegard, she'll sit in the truck for an hour using the truck wifi.
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I’d stick a battery charger on it and be done. If the marker lights are incandescent you could change them to LED and greatly drop the draw.


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Perfect time for a Deltran battery tender. They come with quick connect ends that can be installed on the battery and then just plug in as needed. I bet even a 1.5A trickle charge would keep up...or bring up the battery after it gets used for a few hours.


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Does that truck have dual batteries? I doubt my truck would flatline the batteries after using WIFI for an hour. After all a small laptop battery will run WIFI for 3 or 4 hours as well as powering the rest of the computer.

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WiFi today or starting the TV tomorrow? Easy choice for me. There is no free lunch.


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