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Old 05-28-2013, 01:46 PM   #1
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Clear lake california.

I just made reservations for a family rv/camping trip on clear lake sp. there are no hook ups. This will be my first "dry camping" trip. Any pointers? Thanks!!! -Aunti M
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:13 PM   #2
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what RV do you have, cause it makes a difference if we're talking about a popup or a motorhome with slideouts.
if it's a trailer, do you have a two battery setup?

there are all kinds of parasitic power drains on RV's. installing a battery disconnect switch will help prevent power drains while you're gone. but the fridge won't work, cause it needs 12v battery power even on propane.

use flashlights/lanterns as much as possible and only turn the water pump on when needed. try not using the furnace at all, since one night of furnace use will easily drain one battery in a single night.

if you have kids and only one battery, i'll bet the battery will be dead in 2 days.

you could also rent a Honda 2000w generator to recharge the battery.

since we live in California and mainly camp at our state parks, which have NO hookups at nearly all the parks, we have 2 batteries and a Honda 2000w.
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Hi!! Thanks for reply. I'm in a Georgetown class A motorhome. With slides. I do have two batteries and a generator. I just haven't been camping yet without full hook ups yet,so I'm
Kind of nervous.
I will def watch the kids and no Xbox for them ! Lol
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the xbox and tv don't use much battery power. do you have an inverter?
it's the furnace and water pump and lights that will use more of the battery power.
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You're kidding? TV and games will use less than lights? Wow. And what exactly is an inverter? Maybe I have one and just don't know it. Lol
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You're kidding? TV and games will use less than lights? Wow. And what exactly is an inverter? Maybe I have one and just don't know it. Lol
unless you have LED's, then yes, incandescent lights can use quite a bit of energy. they require HEAT to make light and HEAT uses battery power. not as much as the pump and furnace, though.

an inverter allows you to run 110vAC devices on battery power. not to be confused with a CONverter, which all RV's have to convert 110vAC shore power to 12vDC power and also to recharge the battery.
motorhomes are the only RV's that commonly have inverters, but they are usually options.
if you have an inverter, you can run things like the xbox and tv/dvd on battery power, without running the generator when dry camping.
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I must not have an inverter. but I want one lol. The TV or anything that plugs in will not work unless I'm plugged in to electric or the generator.

Just so happens the rv is in the shop having the wiper motor replaced. I will
Call tomarrow and inquire about inverters.
You are a wealth of information!! Thank you!
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