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Old 12-16-2008, 10:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Travel trailer- charging my trailer by keeping it plugged into my truck

How do I go about utilizing keeping my trailer plugged in to charge my trailer batteries when the trailer is plugged in it doesnt charge my trailer used to on my chevy
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I used to be able to leave my trailer plugged into my old '86 gasser and get juice. When I bought my '94 (sig) I thought the same thing until I found that there is a relay that shuts off the power feed to the trailer plug unless the key is in the "run" postition. It may be a safety feature IDK
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The power plug is only "hot" with key on as mentioned. If the plug on truck is "hot" all the time then you have a huge risk of having a dead truck if something on trailer is drawing current when truck is off and it killls the battery in trailer and both on truck.
What year GM truck had a continuous power feed?
Also, your trucks power feed to trailer plug is fused and uses an underhood relay. If it is not "hot" with key on then check those items.
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The power plug is only "hot" with key on as mentioned. If the plug on truck is "hot" all the time then you have a huge risk of having a dead truck if something on trailer is drawing current when truck is off and it killls the battery in trailer and both on truck.
What year GM truck had a continuous power feed?
Also, your trucks power feed to trailer plug is fused and uses an underhood relay. If it is not "hot" with key on then check those items.
Our 2000 silverado has the constant trailer feed.
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How do I go about utilizing keeping my trailer plugged in to charge my trailer batteries when the trailer is plugged in it doesnt charge my trailer used to on my chevy

This is a bad idea in general, and I wouldn't recommend it unless its a total emergency. Its true you can feed power to your trailer with the truck running, but its not a good practice, unless you have a dual alternator system. The standard truck alternator is not designed to handle that kind of loading. You need to be at high, sustained rpms for the alternator to do a good job of charging. Just running at idle the truck's electrical needs are taking most of the alternators capacity with little reserve to charge the truck's batteries let alone the added draw of a trailer.

I'd highly recommend either a solar system, or a small Honda generator for maintaining your trailer's electrical systems if your in storage mode or boon-docking it. If you are in storage mode, look into a good battery tender, or upgrade your trailer's converter to one that has a charger/tender feature & hook into shore power. Whenever you are in storage, remember to check your battery(ies) on a regular basis to avoid running out of electrolyte.

This is also a good idea if you are not using your truck for more than a month or two. Its a good idea with a 6.0 to exercise it on a regular basis ( like every week or two), to keep the turbo in shape.

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Our 2000 silverado has the constant trailer feed.
Our 2000 Silverado has a relay and a 2nd battery for the trailer feed. Only the aux. battery will go flat if the trailer has a problem.

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