Pop Up Battery Purpose

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  1. Bigantlers

    Bigantlers Active Member

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    This weekend our power winch motor failed and it is the old "screw" interface model that has since been redesigned so it is a pricey fix.

    I'm fine with using a power drill as that has been the back up since we bought it. Having used it several times already.

    My question is why do I need a battery at all?

    I know I need it for the trailer break away switch but Ohio law doesn't require one based on the weight of my trailer and it was missing the cable when I got it so hasn't been used anyway.

    I'm not looking to camp without shore power as it is a requirement to keep DW happy.

    Am I missing something?
     
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    eoleson1 Well-Known Member

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    Neither of my pop ups had a battery, but neither had brakes and they worked fine. However, I see two considerations: one is if you travel outside of ohio into a state where the breakaway switch is required you could end up with a ticket. The other consideration applies in Ohio as well: if your trailer becomes disconnected and causes an accident, you could experience increased liability due to the fact that you effectively bypassed a safety system on your trailer.
     
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    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    Basically if you pup has electric brakes it should have a battery! As stated above, GOD forbid something happens you are liable.
     
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    Assuming the popular opinion is I need it for the break away switch, can I down grade to a smaller battery?
     
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    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    If I don't need a big battery then I have to decide if its worth downgrading in order to save tongue weight (40lb to 5lb) which I know I can afford as I'm close to max now.
     
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    And I'm going to fix that cable for peace of mind at the very least...
     
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    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    If you never plan on camping without hookups then it may be the way to go for you!
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    Something to mention as I really don't know much about power wenches but from what I've read some power wrenches require a full battery even if you only camp with electricity. Not sure if yours is like that or not though.
     
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    On the subject of tongue weight, my camper is bouncy as heck without the tongue weight of the battery to keep it settled.
     
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    A number of powered winches (and tongue jacks) require a battery in order to work correctly, due to the amp draw, the battery can handle the short high amp draw where as the converter cannot.. Now you might be able to mod the winch wiring and plug it into the vehicle instead, if and this is a big IF you have a factory tow package on your vehicle (factory tow or factory prep) for a 7 way plug.. Not added aftermarket but factory 7 way setup, anything less and you will likely damage something with the vehicle.
     

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