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Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger - Dual Input - DC to DC - 12V/24V - 40 Amp

Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger - Dual Input - DC to DC - 12V/24V - 40 Amp

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Maintain the charge on your RV's battery with this dual-input, DC-to-DC smart charger. Unit installs in your vehicle or trailer and pulls power from your solar panels before tapping into the vehicle battery. Great for boondocking and dry camping. Call 800-298-8924 to order Redarc battery charger part number 331-BCDC1240D or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Redarc products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger - Dual Input - DC to DC - 12V/24V - 40 Amp. Battery Charger reviews from real customers.
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Redarc Battery Charger - 331-BCDC1240D

  • RV/Camper
  • Trailer
  • Battery Charger
  • Redarc
  • 12V
  • Vehicle Battery to Auxiliary Battery
  • Charges/Maintains
  • DC to DC
  • Solar to DC
  • 200 Ah

Maintain the charge on your RV's battery with this dual-input, DC-to-DC smart charger. Unit installs in your vehicle or trailer and pulls power from your solar panels before tapping into the vehicle battery. Great for boondocking and dry camping.


Features:

  • DC-to-DC battery charger draws power from your vehicle to provide power to an auxiliary battery on your trailer or RV
    • Ideal for larger battery banks rated 200 amp-hours and higher
  • Dual-input device can pull power from 2 sources
    • Connect yellow wire to solar panels (sold separately)
    • Connect red wire to 12V or 24V start battery
  • Multi-stage charging algorithm ensures a complete charge on secondary battery without overcharging
    • Boost stage - provides a constant charge while monitoring auxiliary battery voltage
    • Absorption stage - keeps voltage stable to avoid overcharging while bringing battery up to 100-percent charge
    • Float stage - maintains charge on auxiliary battery
  • Solar power capable - solar panels sold separately
    • Charger automatically draws power from panels before tapping into vehicle battery
    • Built-in MPPT regulator ensures most efficient power transfer possible in all conditions
  • Fully sealed construction with fan-free operation ensures durable performance under harsh conditions
    • Tested to ensure operation in temperatures as high as 176 F
    • Protects sensitive electronics from water, dust, and shock
  • Fault recognition technology prevents damage to batteries from voltage spikes, overheating, and reverse polarity connection
  • Battery isolator function prevents charger from pulling power from start battery when vehicle is off
  • Multiple mounting options for convenient installation
    • Secure the unit in the cabin of the vehicle, along a chassis frame rail, in the engine compartment, or on your trailer
    • Cables, fuses (331-FK60 - sold separately), and connectors sold separately
  • Made in Australia


Specs:

  • Application: 12V or 24V vehicle systems with standard or smart alternators
    • Battery types supported: AGM, gel, standard led acid, calcium, and Lithium ion (LiFePO4) batteries
  • Overall dimensions: 6" long x 4-3/4" wide x 1-1/2" tall
  • Battery capacity range: 200 amp-hours and greater
  • Maximum charging voltage: 15.3V
  • Output voltage: 12V DC
  • Output power: 600 watts
  • Output current rating (continuous): 40 amps
  • Input current (maximum): 40 amps
  • 2-Year warranty


The Redarc BCDC dual-input battery charger allows for easy charging of a DC battery while you're on the move. Most battery chargers require that you plug into an AC outlet, but this DC-to-DC charger pulls power from your vehicle's start battery instead. The BCDC also has solar power capability so that you can keep your secondary battery charged while you're parked at a remote campsite. This means that you can go off the grid without worrying about being without power.


This charger connects directly to your battery, rather than pulling power from your vehicle via the trailer connector. This is to ensure that it's able to fully charge your auxiliary battery. A standard 7-way trailer connector is limited to 10 or 15 amps of current, which will not be able to fully restore a battery for use. But this charger can transfer up to 40 amps of current to both charge and maintain your auxiliary battery.


Solar Power Compatible with MPPT Regulator

This charger can pull power from 2 different sources. The first input accepts charge from your vehicle's battery. The second input on this dual-input unit is designed to receive power from solar panels (sold separately). The built-in maximum power point tracking (MPPT) regulator on this unit ensures that the charger will get the most power possible from your panels at any given time. An MPPT regulator is able to determine the point at which your solar panels reach their maximum output. Then the regulator can simulate that load on the panels to effectively draw the most power possible. This type of regulator is more effective than traditional ones at gathering power from solar panels and at drawing power in low-light conditions.


Built-in Green Power Priority, or primary solar selection, ensures that power is pulled from your solar panels first. The BCDC will only tap into your vehicle's battery when necessary. This will save your vehicle battery from unneeded stress. It also has a built-in battery isolator function to prevent the charger from pulling power from the start battery when the vehicle is off.


3-Stage Smart Charger

REDARC BCDC Battery Charger LED Indicators

The BCDC battery charger can be used to charge AGM, gel, standard lead acid, calcium, and Lithium ion (LiFePO4) batteries. An LED on the front panel of the unit will illuminate to show the charge profile, confirming that you've wired the charger correctly based on your auxiliary battery type. This LED will be solid while the unit is charging, and it will flash when the unit is in standby mode. Additional LEDs on this panel indicate where the charger is pulling power from, and what stage of the charging process the unit is in.


This smart charger completely and efficiently charges your auxiliary battery in 3 separate stages. This ensures that the battery reaches maximum capacity without being overcharged.


The first stage of the process, the boost stage, begins when you start up your vehicle. In this mode the charger will maintain a constant current to the auxiliary battery to quickly help it regain power.


Once the unit detects that your auxiliary battery is nearing its maximum charge, the charger will move into the absorption stage. In this stage it will slowly supply the needed current to safely reach 100-percent capacity on the auxiliary battery.


The final stage is known as the float stage. In this stage the unit monitors your auxiliary battery for drops in power and supplies the needed current to keep it fully charged. If a drop in power is detected, it will revert back to the first stage and begin the charging cycle over.


Compatible with Smart Alternators

A number of newer vehicles on the market have ECU-controlled, variable-voltage alternators designed to reduce emissions and boost performance. This type of alternator varies its voltage based on the driving conditions. When the alternator voltage is low, the system can drop below 12.7V, which would deactivate a standard isolator or battery charger. However, with the Redarc BCDC battery charger, this is not an issue. Simply connect the blue override wire to the vehicle ignition and the charger will recognize that the car battery is still receiving a charge from the alternator, even if the voltage has dropped. The charger will modify its voltage requirements so that it can continue to pull power until the start battery drops to 12V, as opposed to the standard 13.2V.


Versatile Mounting

This unit can be mounted in a variety of places to best suit your application. Use the 4 mounting tabs to secure the unit in the cabin of your vehicle, along a chassis frame rail, in the engine compartment, or on your trailer. The charger should be mounted as close as possible to the auxiliary battery being charged to prevent current loss. The farther the current has to travel, the more amperage is lost. A larger diameter wire will allow more current to flow through it, which can offset the current loss that occurs with longer lengths of wire. As a result, it is recommended that you use a heavier gauge wire to cover longer distances. The table below outlines the recommended wire size for a given length of cable:


Redarc BCDC Dual Battery Charger Wiring Guide

To ensure a low-resistance connection, you will want to use MIDI fuses (331-FK60 - sold separately) when connecting the BCDC to your batteries.


For a typical lead acid battery setup, refer to the wiring diagram (shown with fuses and optional LED and solar panel - sold separately) below:


Redarc BCDC Dual Battery Charger Standard Lead Battery Wiring Diagram

For a typical Lithium ion (LiFePO4) battery setup, refer to the wiring diagram (shown with fuses and optional LED and solar panel - sold separately) below:


Redarc BCDC Dual Battery Charger Lithium Battery Wiring Diagram



BCDC1240D REDARC In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger - Dual Input - DC to DC - 12V/24V - 40 Amp

Installation Details 331-BCDC1240D Installation instructions


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Customer Reviews

Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger - Dual Input - DC to DC - 12V/24V - 40 Amp - 331-BCDC1240D

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (28 Customer Reviews)

Maintain the charge on your RV's battery with this dual-input, DC-to-DC smart charger. Unit installs in your vehicle or trailer and pulls power from your solar panels before tapping into the vehicle battery. Great for boondocking and dry camping.

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Excellent product, easy install. If you want the option to charge and maintain an Auxiliary Battery from main battery or solar, this is an excellent compact unit. Installed this unit a year ago for a Four wheel camper. Maintain a charge on the road and camping off road, still working strong, no longer need to charge battery in the off season using solar switching, awesome for camping and maintain healthy battery. Thanks to etrailer for offering Redarc products, ease online ordering, support and on time delivery, outstanding. Highly recommend doing business with etrailer and buying this product and the Bulldog connectors! 628464


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Redarc unit still performing strong from the day I installed it, no issues. Recently installed Blue tooth battery monitor, no more need to go into the camper and check my digital gauges. During off season camper is stored in the garage connected to solar keep my battery strong and healthy. Pretty awesome feedback from other etrailer customers. Etrailer provided quality products like the Redarc battery charger, still highly recommend doing business with etrailer and zredarc product.
Bill K - 04/15/2020

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Install took a little time. You will need a hydraulic connector press and then you will have to solder connectors. I ordered connectors off of the internet 637835



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One year later: Installed this to charge 2 - 100Ah Lithium Batteries from 160 Amp Alternator - It does a much better job than just the alternator itself - the boost speeds up charging by a x4 factor - worth every penny. Highly recommend - easy install with clear instructions. 602885


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After a year of traveling full time the Radarc has proven to be one of the best investments we made. It is so reliable. Would not hesitate to buy another if this one crapped out.
John B - 02/07/2020

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Brilliant product! Charges trailer battery while you drive! When full-timing (almost always dry camping) we frequently found it necessary to run the generator *after* arriving at a new campsite because the “charge” line on the 7 blade RV connector delivered so little power. This fixes that: It delivers a full 40 amps to our two ~100AH flooded batteries (Walmart 29DC), which will take them from 50% to 80+% charge in less than 2 hours, our usual travel time between sites, eliminating the need to run the generator completely on most days (and we don’t skimp much on electricity, using the microwave and watching movies most evenings and a forced air heater all night). A few tips: 1) It draws 43 amps from the vehicle, so you really need the 4 awg wire to the trailer and a heavy-duty disconnect (we used a 150 amp which works well with 4 awg). 2) At full draw the vehicle battery was at 12.8 volts at idle, so it’s right at the limit: You definitely don’t want to be drawing down the starting battery. This is on a Nissan Frontier with a 130 amp alternator, meaning you also wouldn’t want to use it on a vehicle with a smaller alternator unless you’re sure you’ll always be running it above idle and/or without lights/AC/etc. on. 3) A hydraulic crimper would of course be preferred but I used a hammer crimper which worked fine. Just be sure you shrink-tube the connection since hammer crimpers can penetrate the lugs. To get full thickness into the lugs, either fold the wire in half, run the wires (8 awg from the unit, 4 awg from the line) past each other when making a butt splice, or half-fill the lug with strands cut from your 4 awg wire and then push the line in around them. I connected it to the lugs on our inverter since there were already 4 awg lines running from that to the batteries. 4) Hookup was easy, running a 4 awg line from the truck battery to the bed not so much. I fused it of course, but it’s definitely not something you want to chafe or real drama could ensue. The maximum usable distance from the vehicle to the unit is much longer than what the manual says (e.g., if your batteries are in the back of your trailer), but you must ensure that it’s at least 4 awg all the way. Using vehicle and trailer chassis grounds are fine: You don’t need to run a negative line except for a short one between the truck and trailer frames (i.e., don’t use the hitch as a ground connection). 5) Be sure you disconnect the charging line on the trailer plug. The manual doesn’t mention this, but if you don’t you’ll lose charging capacity because some of your power will feed back through that wire. 6) I used the 15V setting to maximize charging time efficiency. It quickly trips back to 13.6 volts once reaching that (much quicker than our equalizing multistage charger, for example) so no worries about overcharging. With the standard 14.6 volt cutoff you’re giving up significant amount of charging if you only drive a short time. 7) It’s 93% efficient (according to tech support) but does run pretty warm when at full output for a long time. It should be installed in area with ventilation and definitely not in an engine compartment. 8) Redarc tech support was awesome when I had questions about the installation. 666008



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I have 300ah Lifepo4 batteries from Renogy.. 300 watt solar.. this unit will charge via solar or vehicle.. one or the other .. whichever has more power.. I see the lights on and see it working.. the reason I like this unit is because my batteries are only being charged from one charging source. This is safer and will improve battery life. I just wish it could have a battery and voltage meter.. I guess I need to buy a battery monitor.. This is almost the perfect device.. it needs a display for battery life and voltage.. I would love to know what it is doing. 586562



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I installed a BCDC1240D (with optional fuse kit) in my Winnebago Revel (Mercedes Sprinter). The instructions are clear and I was able to figure out the wiring requirements pretty easily. I wired the Redarc with a switch to change between profile C (winter) and B (summer). The batteries are mounted below the vehicle so I probably need profile B at higher temperatures in the summer. I have included a picture of the Redarc installed in the passenger's seat pedestal in the van. Most of the wiring in there is Mercedes and Winnebago. You should be able to identify the Redarc (bottom center), and the two fuse holders (fuses not yet install) near the blue tape. 583167



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Great product(BCDC1240D) Truck:2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 with a variable voltage alternator Trailer:2006 HiLo Towlite 22 foot camper with a 3 way refrigerator ( because of the hard sided trailer lowers for towing to 5 1/2 feet tall it closes off the propane gas vent to the refrigerator so you must run the refrigerator on 12volts while towing which pulls 15 amps. This was the answer for me to charge batteries and run the refrigerator Installed in my travel trailer oversized custom hand made battery box which is vented for cooling of the unit and the unit is also mounted to the frame of the trailer as a heat sink I hooked it up to my solar panel to keep my batteries topped off while camping or in storage. Because of the length of wire from my start battery to the travel trailer batteries (35 feet) I used 4 gauge wire and an Anderson 175 amp plug at my rear bumper as a disconnect .For the trigger wire to a ignition circuit on the truck I used the center pin on the 7 blade pigtail of the trailer plug since I don’t have reverse lights on the trailer I would give it 10 stars if I could 816386



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Keeps my house batteries charged on my boat while my engines are running. I hope to install solar panels someday to assist with charging when I’m not underway. 806673



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Have not installed the Redarc in my camper yet, but really appreciated the quick turnaround on my order. Quick shipping was better than Amazon. 728803



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Is working great in my Silverado to keep auxiliary battery charged for the bed accessories. Just added a solar suitcase to it for charging and using electrical without engine. Thinking about installing the jump circuit just for safety 646758



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Quick shipping, Haven’t hooked it up ye t. 469810



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Too easy. Does what it is deaigned to do. Had to modify a Law Enforcement Vehicle with limited space. Voltage and charge test Alesha’s proved “solid”. 594415



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Thanks etrailer for bringing this product to the USA market. I found the REDARC chargt talked about on Australian “caravan” blogs before etrailer had it for sale and considered trying to buy it from an Australian vendor. I use the BCDC1225D to charge my 200 amp hour lithium battery in my truck camper. I have 350 watts of rooftop solar and ran 8gauge wiring from the truck battery through a bed mounted Andersen connector. The very compact size of the unit allowed me to tuck it away in a small space in my camper. I wired it up just as suggested in the instructions and it worked perfectly. I’m getting the full 25 amp charge that the solar panels will provide at midday and get the added benefit of being able to charge at the same rate while driving in the dark. The thing works great. Thanks again etrailer for bringing this product to the USA market 677741



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Easy to install. Instructions that come with all Redarc products are straightforward. It's working great so far charging a 105 Ah battery that is running a fridge/freezer, some lights, and assorted other gadgets. 508790



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I recieved the Redarc bcdc 1225d charger today. This will not be installed for awhile but after looking the unit over, seems to be of high quality. Small but somewhat heavy for the size l would think very good internal components. I chose this over others due to what appears as a better water proof unit. Also the wiring is heavier. Im hoping this unit will last yrs in my setup. I gave 4 stars due to non install yet and packaging. 590921



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Works as advertised. It bumps the charging voltage from my Tacoma up to where I can get 20 amps charging current into the trailer battery even while the engine idles. The unit makes up for the voltage drop through the trailer 7 pin connector and about 35 feet of wire plus the ground circuit.. The integrated solar controller works as well as the separate controller the REDARC replaced. Installation could be easier, the REDARC unit has large wire pigtails that must be butt spliced. It would be easier if the unit used a clamp style terminal block. 601615



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I haven't installed yet, but have heard good things about the product. I have a 4x4 that sits at the airport for 6 months, currently being charged by a 170 w solar panel, feeding both battery's, so the redark will provide charging to the second battery when the car is run. With fridge load, solar not enough. 822021



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Good quality. Is holding up after a year of use. My trailer stays in the garage most of the time, so this only gets used when I am out camping or leaving it in the drive way on occasion. 822037



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works as claimed, instructions were great. No issues at all. 816861



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"Great piece of kit!" Seriously well worth the beans. The REDARC allows me to charge my trailer battery while towing. The trailer's converter supplies 13.6 VDC, which is not sufficient to charge my on board battery. The REDARC brings this DC voltage up to approximately 14.7 VDC. So my Truck charging system provides the trailer battery while travelling, and the on board trailer converter,(while AC CONNECTED at the site), sends DC voltage to the REDARC via the Solar Panel Input side of the unit, as I do not have a solar panel. I called Australian support number, and asked if this was an acceptable means of connection. They were most helpful and knowledgeable. 791155



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The product works great - I currently use it in the back of my truck to charge a 100 AH LI battery. My next step is to use the solar charging feature and see how it works swapping back and forth between truck / solar recharge. 786960



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Great product and works to perfection. Thanks etrailer. 779626



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veryy satisfied with product and customer service. 763696



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Work great. Charges from the trailer plug and a 100 watt solar panel on the roof. Never have to charge the winch battery. No worries all winter when the trailer just sits. Would buy again. 739139



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Used for full time suv living and traveling. Kept my lithium battery and fridge up and running with solar as well. Awesome product. 727905


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    The Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1240D that you referenced does not have a way to run AC/shore power to it. It takes all DC, 12-volt style power sources.
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    I reached out to a representative of Redarc who told me the Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1240D can accept unlimited current though will have an output only of 40 amps which is what it is rated for. Additionally, it will only work with 12V nominal solar panels so they cannot be connected in series to the charger.
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    The yellow, red, and black wires of the Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1240D are 10 gauge so for that size wire you'd want to use the yellow butt-end connectors like part # DW05745-5 which are for 10-12 gauge wire. The blue connectors like part # DW05744-5 would work for the rest of the connections.
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    We have a few solar panels that could be used with the Redarc In-Vehicle Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1240D. We have the part # 287-32406 which is capable of 50 watts, the part # 287-32408 which is capable of 100 watts.. No other hardware or install wiring would be needed.
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    The Redarc DC to DC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1240D is going to be the best option that we have available. You would have an input wire from the truck's alternator and output wires to the battery on the trailer. The 12 volt circuit on the 7-Way may not provide the best results which is why I recommend using the alternator. And if you are so inclined you could also hook up solar panels to this charger for times when the trailer is parked without the truck present.
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  • Using Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger to Charge Lithium Ion Battery
    The wire that is going to the 12V pin on your Silverado's 7-Way connector is connected to the truck's battery. You should be getting 12 volts of power at the this pin (1 o'clock position) on the connector. The Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1240D referenced in your question is a great option for charging your Lithium ion battery. When hooked up to the truck's battery or alternator, it will do a nice job of maintaining the battery's charge, but to actually charge it...
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  • Will the Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1225D Protect your Starting Battery?
    The Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger - Dual Input - DC to DC - 12V/24V - 25 Amp # 331-BCDC1225D has a built in battery isolator function to prevent the charger from pulling power from the start battery when the vehicle is off. This will prevent you from draining your starting battery and leaving you stranded in the boondocks. You are correct in that if this function were not present it would cause issues, but they have accounted for that and built in the isolation to prevent that...
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  • Can Redarc BCDC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1240D Be Used to Charge 2 Trailer Batteries
    I spoke with my contact at Redarc regarding the In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1240D. He said this unit could charge two batteries on the trailer but only if they were pretty close together and of the same chemistry. If this is the case then you can add the Redarc Smart Start Battery Isolator # 331-SBI12 between the two batteries to prevent one feeding into the other. I have attached a short video review that you can check out as well. Otherwise your best option for charging...
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    According to my research, the 2016 Nissan Frontier 4.0 does not charge an RV while towing. However, the best way to charge a trailer battery is by using a product such as the, Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1240D. The Redarc BCDC dual-input battery charger allows for easy charging of a DC battery while you're on the move. Most battery chargers require that you plug into an AC outlet, but this DC-to-DC charger pulls power from your vehicle's start battery instead. I...
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  • Should I Use 25 amp or 40 amp Redarc BCDC Battery Charger For 200 ah Battery
    The Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger - Dual Input part # 331-BCDC1225D will work fine to replenish the 200 amp hour battery but I do recommend to the use the Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger part # 331-BCDC1240D to replinesh the battery faster. The Redarc 40 amp charger is designed for battery banks 200 ah and higher and has a 600 watt power output. All of the Redarc chargers are safe for your system, the setup includes an effective battery isolation to prevent any feedback....
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    When wiring the Redarc In-Vehicle BCDC Battery Charger # 331-BCDC1240D along with connectors # PK12801 and # PK12800 you will want to ground to the tow vehicle chassis. The linked instructions specifically state that "all ground points must be connected to chassis earth". You can see this in the diagram I've added for you to take a look at.
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