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    • #52183
      Kevin
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      I have a Northstar Laredo, I was told when I’m driving the truck charges the truck battery. So when I’m camped and not plugged in to shore power, but still on the truck and plugged in to the truck, is the camper also getting juice from the truck? Which would be nice because I can always unplug it from the truck. Thanks for your help!

    • #52185
      Phil
      Participant

      The best way to find out would be to simply disconnect the camper’s battery cable and see if power remains say with the lighting, but if so, know that the truck battery is a starting battery (not a deep cycle battery), so depending on your usage it could be inadvertently drawn down before you even realize it – IMO you’re far better off to supplement with solar.

      Phil

    • #53045
      Alex Blasingame
      Moderator

      Check the camper for a battery isolator that automatically disconnect the camper from the truck electrical system. If there is none you should install a dc to dc isolator or you find yourself with a dead truck battery, this happen to us when we were noobie.

    • #53163
      ardvark
      Participant

      Ford kill the charge lead when the battery is off. Other brands may not. Takes about one minute using a meter to check.

      Steve and Andra
      2012 F350 6.2 gasser SRW LB
      Fab Fours front and rear in case we run into a rhino
      2019 Northstar Laredo SC

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