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BrakeBuddy Towed Vehicle Battery Charge Kit

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Maintains the battery charge on your towed vehicle while it is being flat towed. Uses up to 15 amps from your RV's battery. 1-833-496-1390 to order Brake Buddy accessories and parts part number BB54FR or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Brake Buddy products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for BrakeBuddy Towed Vehicle Battery Charge Kit. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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Brake Buddy Accessories and Parts - BB54FR

  • Tow Bar Braking Systems
  • Battery Charge Line Kit
  • Brake Buddy

Maintains the battery charge on your towed vehicle while it is being flat towed. Uses up to 15 amps from your RV's battery.


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  • Maintains the battery charge in your towed vehicle while it is being flat towed
  • Uses up to 15 amps from your RV's battery


39339 Hopkins Brake Buddy Dinghy Vehicle Battery Charger





Video of BrakeBuddy Towed Vehicle Battery Charge Kit

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for BrakeBuddy Towed Vehicle Battery Charge Kit Review

Hey everybody, Ryan here at etrailer. Today we're gotta be checking out the brake buddy towed vehicle battery charge kit. So before we kinda dig in too deep about some of the details and how this has got to work and everything else. I figured I'd just kind of address one of the big questions that a lot of people are asking. And that is, you know, is this battery charged kit gotta work on towed vehicles that, you know, does not have a brake buddy braking system installed. So you may have a another type of braking system installed, for example.

And the answer is yes, you know, the the charge line kit or the battery charger rather is is gotta charge a battery regardless on what type of braking system you have. It doesn't care. All that it's doing is taking some power from your motor home when you're going down the road, transferring that energy to your battery to keep it charged up. So, regardless of what system you have, you know, you can feel confident that this is gotta get the job done. So a battery charger for a towed vehicle is a, is a pretty critical component, actually, It's, a lot of times overlooked.

And I mentioned those braking systems. And the reason really for that battery charger is the fact that every time you apply the brakes, your braking system has gotta use a little bit of your battery power to operate. Well, you know, that can be an issue when you're, when you're towing, you know, six, eight, 10 hours, multiple day trips, and you know, don't get out and separate your car and drive it around or start it up, which is a big hassle. You know, you don't want to get to where you're going on hook and really look forward to start cruising around checking things out, making your trips and you have a dead battery, you know and then you're dealing with jumper cables or jump box, and it's just, it's something you don't wanna have to deal with. And so by using a battery charger what's gotta happen is, it's going to essentially maintain or almost trickle charge your vehicles battery when you're towing it.

That way, you know, the power that the braking system uses isn't affecting your battery capacity or your battery life. That way, when you get to where you're going, you're going to have the confidence knowing when you turn the key your vehicles gotta start and you can go enjoy yourself. Not to mention to you the battery charger is going to help save or extend the life of our towed vehicle's battery. So let's say even if you only make short trips at home behind your motor home, a couple of hours whatever the case may be not enough to actually drain your battery. So you might not think it's a big deal.

Well, the problem is if you're running the battery down for a few hours and then it charges and then you run it down and then you charge it and you do that several times, you know that's going to shorten the life of your vehicle's battery. And so by constantly maintaining it it's not gotta affect it at all. You know, we all hate replacing batteries when you don't really need to. And and that would be a perfect situation that you could avoid by just using charger like this. So you might get a couple more years out of your battery and save you a trip to the store and the headache of getting it replaced. Now, one of the questions that we do get asked is if you're you know, you're, you're not towing down the road, let's say you're parked overnight or something and you leave everything hooked up which is something I would probably do. So you don't have to disconnect everything. Well, you know, will this still take power from your motor home's batteries And it really just kinda depends. If your motor home's seven way puts out power out of the seven way even with the key off, then yes, power will still be set here. But, you know, as long as your batteries are in good condition in your towed vehicle and your motor home. Is it gotta affect anything Probably not, probably not gotta hurt anything. You know, if you have a battery on the way out or something that's where you could maybe run into some issues. So what I would suggest doing, if you, if your motor home had power constantly you lift the key off and you did park it overnight, just pull out the connector at the front, pull out your six way and that solves that issue. You're not gotta be stealing power from one vehicle or the other. So, just something that I wanted to mention and I thought was worth sharing. Now, something you need to think about in order for this kit to work you are going to need a properly functioning Seven way on the back of your motor home. So you're gonna need that 12 volt auxiliary power. That way the energy can get transferred through the wiring up to the battery charger and to the battery. Now, with that said, generally speaking, the majority of of RVs or motor homes that we've had in here usually have them, especially the late model ones. They are almost all equipped with them. It's just something, you know, that I I wanted to mention that way you don't hook it up, plug in and wonder "Hey, why ain't why ain't this working right" So, something to think about. Well like I said, changes are pretty good. You already have it set up on the motor home side. With that said though, how it's gotta work is that power's gonna come out of the seven way from your 12 volt auxiliary source, run through your tail bar wiring into a six way connector which a battery charger is hooked to. And so that power is gotta get transferred through that wire to the positive side of your battery and that's how it's gotta charge. The way it's gotta charge is, whenever your motor home is running it's generating higher voltage from your alternator. And so that's gotta use some of that to trickle charge the battery. Now, it's not gotta take so much power that it's not going to charge your motor home batteries or anything like that. So, nothing to worry about there. Whenever it's running you're gotta know that the motor home is operating as it should. Charging its batteries as well as your towed vehicle's. So the kit is going to be fused. So, it's gotta be protected, you know, for short, if something like that happens on your motor home or, or wherever. You know, you're not gotta have to worry about, you know, smoking all of your electronics and everything else. It'll just pop out the fuse. With that said, I, I, I kind of would have liked to seen a bladed type fuse holder not really a huge deal. You know, this one uses the older type bus fuses. You know, people don't really have those laying around anymore, a little bit trickier to find. So that would have been cool. Just to see that the newer style fuse in there but not really a huge deal. A fuse is a fuse and it's gotta keep everything protected. So at the end of the day a component that I definitely recommend, you know, it's it's something small, but it can save you a big headache. And, and really what it's about too is just giving you the confidence knowing, whenever you're on your trip, that everything's gotta work like it should, you know, you're gotta be able to unhook your towed vehicle fired it up and not have to deal with any issues. And that'll finish up our look at of the brake buddy towed vehicle battery charge kit.


Customer Reviews

BrakeBuddy Towed Vehicle Battery Charge Kit - BB54FR

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (68 Customer Reviews)

Maintains the battery charge on your towed vehicle while it is being flat towed. Uses up to 15 amps from your RV's battery.

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did not know how to attach these pictures to the site you provided in your email so I am sending to you like this. First, my overall rating is five stars. Second, the installation was not hard at all and took me less than an hour. Third, the lack of instructions leave a lot to an individual's imagination but with so many different vehicles I understand why. However, a link to the general instructions in your video file would help a lot.

These pictures show my installation of the battery maintainer on my 2014 Fiat 500 L.
Picture 1 is of the mounted fuse unit on the driver's side fender firewall.
Picture 2 shows the ground wire (White wire attached to the front quarter panel attachment bolt.
Picture 3 shows the Black wire attached to the Positive terminal on the battery.
Picture 4 shows the charge unit and fuse mounted on the driver's side fender firewall together.
Picture 5 shows the vehicle taillight wiring lines being followed down to the six way plug on the front of the towed vehicle.




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etrailer was a great resource when setting up my 2021 Wrangler Islander for flat towing! The BrakeBuddy works great... we haven't had any problem with the battery at all. Would highly recommend it!




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Had it installed yesterday. Very well done but came with the flat connector instead of the round 6 pin connector so had to modify to include the battery charger. This company is not part of Blue Ox tow bar manufacturer which is confusing. It all checks out so think it will work good but above issues is why the 3 stars.


Comments
We are not connected to Blue Ox besides distributing their products.
-- Etrailer Expert Katrina B - 08/15/2022


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Very easy and straightforward on the installation. I installed this myself, no issues or problems. Checked the system before flat towing…worked without issue.

2018 Open Road 36UA, flat towing 2020 Jeep Cherokee TrailHawk, using Brake Buddy 3




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Easy install.Followed the videos and bam!tow my f150 about 7000 miles no problem




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Haven’t installed yet, however a few pages of printed instructions would have been nice. 2ndly your tracking was not terrible good, but your follow up call was refreshing.


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I recommend watching the video installation that we have on 2021 Ford Ranger. It may not be your exact vehicle however it does give an idea of what you would be looking for.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 06/11/2022


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Arrived Quickly and was very easy to install along with the baseplate and taillight wiring




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I received everything on time, and with the sales person help I also ordered the correct parts .




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Be sure to follow instructions. The wire colors do not follow normal thought. Works awesome for many months and about 3000 miles.




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Great produce and super easy to install. would give it 5 stars if it was set up for 3 wire instead of two. I love the plug and play but since Hopkins went that far, doesn't seem like much more effort to make it 3 wire, or at lease make the additional diode kit also plug and play. Still very happy with this and etrailer is wonderful to work with. it arrived sooner than was expected.


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After using the wiring kit for a oit a year and thousands of miles I am still very happy. I have had no issues and it works flawlessly.
Home - 08/06/2021


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As with all orders from you, it was as expected. Thank you for rapid shipment and correct items.




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Product was reasonably priced and came as advertised




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Works great to keep our toad battery ch arged.




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So, I purchase this kit from you and you and when asking for instructions on you say there are NO Instructions from the manufacturer". So how do you all propose I proceed? So NO wiring diagram, NOTHING???
Sure NOT the kind of service I come to expect from etrailer.


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Thank you for your review. Since this part is designed to be used with the Brake Buddy supplemental braking system you can use the instructions from that part to install the charger. I have attached a helpful link for your reference.
-- Etrailer Expert Heather A - 07/02/2021


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Very stratified with the etrailer company...tech service very helpful, videos are great, fast service dedicated customer...




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Camella very helpful and friendly and her help was greatly appreciated in completing my order.




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Tammie P was very helpful and knew the products. Everything I needed was available and shipped very quickly. Order arrived in 3 days.




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I called etrailer before to conclude my order on internet. Got every infos I needed. I received everything I ordered in Canada 1 day faster then expected. Very satisfied.




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Came in a timely manner in good shape. Simple to hook up and charging “toad” battery as expected. Good service as usual from Etrailer. Thanks!




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Easy to install and works great.




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I was very pleased with your service, was also happy to see that your unit had the new style of fuse which is much better and easier to obtain.




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Put this in my towed Chevy HHR to allow me to keep the power on so my brake lights would illuminate when the Brake-Buddy applied the brakes. Works great and install was very easy.




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Fast delivery, ordered Thursday received it on Sunday




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Parts came in good condition.. Carol C was great to work with. Recommend that e trailer tell people that items ordered are not in stock up front before they pay for the order




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They had the parts I needed at an affordable price. Carol was fantastic when I call to check the status of my order and offered to follow-up on the order if it wasn't going to be filled timely. While she didn't have to follow-up, her attention to customer needs and focus on my satisfaction was refreshing to say the least. Great job Carol!



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