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Photomike

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Posted: 05/04/20 09:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Many of the old campers did not have a house battery. They had a converter that you plugged into shore power that gave you 12v or you could pull from the truck enough to power a few lights.

Was not very efficient! Also was not designed for running lights for a long time or many at once.

My 92 NL was that way, found a spot to put a battery but you could not use the converter to charge it as all it did was make 12v and did not care about how charged up a battery was. I pulled the old 12v converter and put in a unit that would charge the battery properly. Worked great!!


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xscoobysnack wrote:

Is it possible that it was designed to leech off the truck battery at all times? Thanks.


That's how our first TC was. No battery compartment and the light only worked when the camper was attached to the truck. There was no other 12v devices aside from the single light and it had a propane lantern inside so you really didn't need electric at all for light, cooking and the small propane ice box.


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My neighbor's Palomino popup doesn't have batteries, but he keeps a battery in front of each fender in the truck bed that he plugs in when he loads the camper.


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What kind of truck? The +12 volt pin on the seven way plug is typically switched so that it’s only energized when the engine is running, and seems like some makes don’t have the fuse installed in the truck from the factory, so you won’t get 12 volts till you put the fuse in.

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2010 F350 diesel. I'll have to experiment a bit but I'm not expecting to find a battery now and you're probably right about the pin being switched so that it is live when the truck is running. If I confirm that is the case, I'll just switch out the converter and throw a battery somewhere, maybe in the shower. [emoticon]

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Yes, on a 2010 Ford, the +12 volt pin is switched, and the fuse or relay for that circuit should have been installed at the factory. I’ve never had to do anything on a Ford truck to get power to that pin.

Your F350 should be like the 2010 F450 I used to have, and the fuse/relay will be in the box under the hood on the driver side. Have fun getting the lid off [emoticon]

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Photomike wrote:

Many of the old campers did not have a house battery. They had a converter that you plugged into shore power that gave you 12v or you could pull from the truck enough to power a few lights.

Was not very efficient! Also was not designed for running lights for a long time or many at once.

My 92 NL was that way, found a spot to put a battery but you could not use the converter to charge it as all it did was make 12v and did not care about how charged up a battery was. I pulled the old 12v converter and put in a unit that would charge the battery properly. Worked great!!

Older converters would supply 12V AC for the lights and might have small DC circuit, like 3 amp for radio and battery charging.





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Kayteg1 wrote:

Older converters would supply 12V AC for the lights and might have small DC circuit, like 3 amp for radio and battery charging.


Never had a battery so never was designed for charging one.

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