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Posted: 09/16/20 07:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My buddy has a Focus that needs the battery disconnected for towing. However his Brake Buddy requires power from the cigarette lighter to operate and keep the internal battery charged. So we ran the charge wire into the car and installed a power outlet powered from the MH through the charge line. This let's him disconnect the battery for towing and still keep the Brake Buddy powered up when towing!


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This is my 2nd Stay-in-Play. Just had the new one installed this summer. Didn’t have a battery issue with the 1st one, so already have a charge line installed. I was concerned maybe the installer made a wiring issue. I’m hoping it was just time for the 4 1/2 year old battery to give out.
When I unhooked the toad, it started up and we drove it a couple hundred yards to our site, but it was dead the next morning. So, hopefully, it had received enough charge through the MH before dying overnight.

I like the idea of a volt meter that plugs into a 12V outlet in the Jeep. Where do you get those?

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Posted: 09/16/20 08:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ezgoin wrote:

This is my 2nd Stay-in-Play. Just had the new one installed this summer. Didn’t have a battery issue with the 1st one, so already have a charge line installed. I was concerned maybe the installer made a wiring issue. I’m hoping it was just time for the 4 1/2 year old battery to give out.
When I unhooked the toad, it started up and we drove it a couple hundred yards to our site, but it was dead the next morning. So, hopefully, it had received enough charge through the MH before dying overnight.

I like the idea of a volt meter that plugs into a 12V outlet in the Jeep. Where do you get those?

Ezgoin
Amazon, search for ‘voltage tester lighter plug’ and a bunch will come up.


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