First a small disclaimer-- yes, I've come over to the dark side.
We now have a generator. Please forgive me and keep in mind
I have no intentions of using it all the time. I guess we might
use it in the woods once or twice a year. IF/when I use it I plan
to run it around noontime when the campground is at it's noisiest
and then only for an hour or so.
And now the rest of the story! As stated in a previous post, I
have a little 2 cycle "1000 watt" 40 LB generator purchased from
a power seller on Ebay.
It's called a Wildfire model WF1200 gas generator.
If you're interested just search Ebay.com for wildfire 1200 watt
After running a few of my own tests I want to mention that this
generator claims to be 1000 Watt continuous and 1200 Watt surge
but I believe a much more reasonable number would be it is a decent
700 Watt generator that costs about $130 including fast FedEx shipping.
I don't think you can get 1000 Watts out of it for more than a few
seconds and that would be at reduced voltage.
2nd note- it is 2 cycle so you must mix 2 cycle oil with gas.
That works for me as I simply use my weed whacker/leaf blower
I discovered thru trial and error as well as reading the manual
for my Forest River trailer power center that my power center
does NOT want to fast charge my battery(s). It starts out with
a decent rate and within 5-10 minutes drops back to what I would
call a slow charge rate. It will fully charge my battery in 24
hours of shore power but as stated above, I want a decent charge
in ONE HOUR!!!!!
Your power centers might work fine for this and
you "might" be able to simply plug your trailer into this generator
and get a decent charge fairly quickly. I just know that MY
trailer with a WFCO power center
won't charge the battery nearly as fast as I want it to.
The 2nd half of my solution to fast charging is a 25 amp fully
automatic charger that is the size of one
of those little 6 pack coolers and costs $60 including shipping.
Again, search Ebay.com for vector power on board 25 amp charger.
This guy is also a power seller with good ratings.
I found this exact charger at Cabellas for significantly more
money! Also there were several good customer reviews for this
charger at Cabellas web site.
Yesterday, my batteries (I now have 2- 12v group 24 deep cycle/crank
batteries like you might buy from Samsclub)were pretty low after
running the fridge for 5 days. Something in my new trailer
is SUCKING the life out of my batteries very quickly. With storm
damage and living on generator power and taking care of a widow
lady next door during this "wind event" I have not had time to
track the culprit down. Just take my word that a single battery
is pretty ran down in 48 hours and 2 are pretty low (down to
just 12.06 volts) in 4 days of nothing on but the fridge on
LP gas mode. ;-((
So back to the story, I clipped the heavy duty battery cables
from the charger onto one of my parallel wired batteries.
(One customer review on Cabellas stated the battery clips were
cheap plastic but he still liked the charger. My charger came
with heavy duty all metal battery clips.)
I started the little generator and it was running along just loafing
at no load.
When I plugged in the new Vector charger and pushed the buttons for
wet cell and 25 amp charge the sound of the generator changed
immediately! Now it was laboring slightly and obviously working
hard. YEAH!! The charger has a digital read out and it was reading
26 amps output. NOW WE'RE TALKING FAST CHARGE!!
I let the generator run for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
At that time it was still putting out 19 Amps.
I shut down the generator and waited a couple hours.
I checked my battery voltages and I was back up to nearly full
charge at around 12.8 volts.
Now I feel like I can get a decent charge in a "short time".
My generator cost me $130 delivered and the charger cost $60
Total cost- $190 for a package that I believe will do what I
wanted and that was to get a decent charge in about an hour.
Thanks for putting up with my long winded post!!
Dan & Rita D. Louisville KY good ole USA
2008 Rockwood 2502 Ultra Lite Trailer
2004 Silverado 1500 ext. cab 2WD
1999 Suzuki VS800 Intruder Motorcycle
Reese straight-line dual cam HP hitch
AirLift load levelers