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Old 03-27-2010, 11:54 AM   #11
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P.S. That furnace blower "eats charge" like crazy. So, I'm not surprised that your battery was low.
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Old 03-27-2010, 12:48 PM   #12
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OK here is what I found out, It is a WFCO Model WF-8955PEC. Does anyone no anything about this unit? 2 or 3 stage, is it a decent unit or should I replace it with something better? Does anyone know where the battery level monitor gets its level from; the furance ran for like 30 minutes out of everyhour overnight on battery power and when I checked the level this morning it was at 2/3????
A quick search on Google and then WFCO's website found the spec sheet for this unit.

It is a 55amp conveter/charger, as suspected there is no inverter built in and it is a 3 stage charger. You're good to go. This should do a great job of keeping up your batteries in storage. You still need to be sure to check the fluid level in the batteries at least once a month if left plugged in.
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Old 03-27-2010, 05:45 PM   #13
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Ohh so 2/3 is almost dead???? I guess i need something more reliable. Can someone give me some info on some decent(but not to expensive) easy to install monitors
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Old 03-27-2010, 08:14 PM   #14
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Ohh so 2/3 is almost dead???? I guess i need something more reliable. Can someone give me some info on some decent(but not to expensive) easy to install monitors
After researching many of these monitoring systems at length I have found that most of them come in between $250 and $350 in price. The one exception is the Trimetric 2025RV. I decided on this one for the features and price.

I installed it myself and it is a real eye opener as to the condition of your systems. It's how I figured out that my 2 stage converter was never going to fully charge my batteries correctly by the battery manufacturers recommendations and how much power different items draw. I would never have another RV now without one of these.
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Old 03-27-2010, 11:25 PM   #15
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A monitor won't fix anything, or correct a situation. If you plan on running the furnace for several nights, you are going to have to charge the battery a lot. A monitor will tell you what is going on, if you know what you're reading, but it won't change the situation that a single 12 volt battery is not going to last very long with the furnace running. Explain your situation a little better, and maybe you will get some help. Might want to start a new thread.
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:50 AM   #16
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My situation is we were camping in a ntiaonl park and te temp got into the low 30's at night and 15 - 20 mph winds. Quiet hours are 10pm to 6 am. We have a 1 year old. I am just lookinh to power a few lights (DC) in the camper and the heat throughout the night. I just am in need of enough battery power to do that if the situation arises again. Laso I am able to recharge the batteries durning the day with my generator.
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Old 03-29-2010, 11:29 AM   #17
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If you run the furnace any at night, you will have to recharge the battery DAILY! You are also probably running water from the tank, and the water pump is 12 volts, and takes a lot of juice from your battery. Showers, washing dishes, also takes a lot. Make sure the fridge heat is off if equipped. A monitor will help to determine charge condition, but with a time constraint on generator usage, I would recharge every evening, after showers. I would also plug the the camper in to the generator and use the camper converter, usually good for 30~50 amps, depending on model. That works for me, your mileage may vary.
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Old 03-29-2010, 11:47 AM   #18
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Batteries were recharged daily. I made sure all showering and water useage was done prior to generator cutoff (the small pressurized accumulator tank provided enough water for the toilet flushing at night) My concern is having enough juice to run the heat throught the night. What is the camper converter you refering to ?
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The converter I'm referring to is the one built in to the camper that started this thread. The specs given in post#12 stated 55 amp charger. I would plug the camper in to the generator, and the the converter in the camper should recharge your battery in a couple of hours, at least for another night. I would also use a ceramic heater while the generator is running to help warm the camper before the generator must be shut down. The other possibilities are bad generator, converter or bad battery. Have you checked each of these the INDIVIDUALLY?? One other thing, don't come back with the answer they are "new". New means nothing anymore
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:54 PM   #20
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I am not saying I have a problem, this is the first time we have been boondocking and was trying to get more information. The generator hhoked up to the regular shoreline connector seems to be powering everything and recharging the batteries just fine. I was just trying to get some info on the built in battery monitor and how long I can run the furnace on the battery (without damaging the battery).
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