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Old 08-21-2016, 07:35 AM   #1
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If I leave a campsite after being plugged into 30 amp for a couple of days, with brand new group 24 marine deep cycle battery, How many times can I lift top?

Jerry

PS-I'm unable to plug into 110 when at home, so am really counting on being able to raise top prior to next full hook up camping trip.
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Miranda, Number of times is relative, I think. I had a 24'er and raised and lowered 4 times and I think it would of gone more, but I wasn't really counting. Now I have two group 27s batteries in a 27'er, so I pretty sure I could get more cycles. Raising the top depletes the battery fast! More so, if you have the refer and refer fan on.
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Surprisingly they can be raised quite a few times with a good battery. I don't recommend giving it the test just to find that out. Considering that it takes a few amps to raise the top, it only takes about 12 seconds to raise it. I used to help my Hi-lo dealer friend at RV shows and we demo raised the tops all day long and never had a battery go dead. We also had all the interior lights turned on all the time. Granted the trailers were plugged into shore all the time, this was still a lot of strain on the battery. The worst drain on the battery is the fridge in the 12 volt mode which pulls 18 amps and is on quite a bit of the time.

If you have a good battery and leave the campground with a full charge and nothing turned on you should be good for a number of lifts. On your way home the tow vehicle will be keeping things up to full charge as well.
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Thanks guys. I will definitely STOP fridge to save amps. Appreciate ya. We're getting our 20 year old Hi-Lo sorted out......with your help. Thanks much

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Miranda- you should carry a set of jumper cables along so if you do get in a situation where you don't have the power to leift you can jump it from your tow vehicle. However- YOU MUST THINK AHEAD OF TIME HOW YOU WILL GET THE CABLES ATTACHED WITH THE TOP DOWN! Some people have rigged "posts" for the outside of the battery box that they can attach to- BUT, you must make sure they are protected from coming in contact with something that can short them.

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Rick, thanks for this tip

I carry 20' jumper cables in toolbox of my F250 and fortunately, my trlr batt is easily accessible with top down. Good tip. Thanks. I'm learning.....slowly.

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@Jerry - don't know how long you've had your F250 - we found out that the trailer battery wasn't charging from our new to us '14 F150. After a little digging, DH found that Ford hadn't installed the trailer power relay or the 30 amp fuse in the distribution box under the hood. Got that done, and trailer battery stays up now while we're on the road. We run our refrigerator on 12 volts while traveling without any problems.
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When I brought my rig home I checked to see if I could attach cables to the battery posts. The posts were no where to be seen with the top down. My first project was to turn that battery around and make sure those posts were accessible.
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@Jerry - don't know how long you've had your F250 - we found out that the trailer battery wasn't charging from our new to us '14 F150. After a little digging, DH found that Ford hadn't installed the trailer power relay or the 30 amp fuse in the distribution box under the hood. Got that done, and trailer battery stays up now while we're on the road. We run our refrigerator on 12 volts while traveling without any problems.
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It may be that they do not energize the charge connection for safety reasons during transit from the factory. I know of four F150's that came that way including mine. I discovered the fuse and relay in a plastic bag in the door pocket. The other people didn't know about that and thought they had been charging their trailer batteries all the while. I mentioned to them about the fuse and relay and all is well with them.
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