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Old 09-10-2015, 09:13 PM   #1
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Hello all from Maryland. Basically new here. I am sure you have heard this before, but I have a newbie question. We bought a used 2015 classic 625D PUP about 2 months ago. We have had it out a few times now and everything has worked great. So far all the sites have been water/electric or full hook up. I am planning a trip in Oct for some fall camping. The campgrounds in the area have all stated they don't have any hook up on the sites. Water and dump station are available at other locations.

Question is I plan on running the furnace, water heater and fridge on propane since electric will not be available. Can I run all 3 of those for 3 days on 1 tank of propane. Also, will 1 battery be able to run the lights, outlets (to charge cell phone, iPad, still have to do some work) for that timeframe.

I appreciate your responses. I have enjoyed reading the posts so far on this site.
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Old 09-10-2015, 09:35 PM   #2
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Furnace and fridge should be no problem; and probably no problem with the hot water heater (I don't use mine). It will depend on how much hot water you use. I used less than a tank for the trip I just returned from, and it got cold at night.

As for the battery, what size and is it a true deep cycle, marine type or a starting battery?

Regardless, the furnace heater blower uses a lot of juice while running, also the water pump. So a lot will depend on how cold it will get, and how much water will be used.

As for lights if they are LEDs no problem, but if not, replace with LEDs.

Only example I can give is based on two, deep-cycle series 27 batteries. About 4 hours after arriving, my meter displayed 12.7 volts, when I left four days later, it read 12.2 volts.

Furnace ran quite a bit those three nights since the temps were 26 deg the first night, 29 the second night and 32 the third night (all temps taken between 4-5 AM each morning).

So to sum it up, I would say propane will be no problem, battery very likely might be. But a lot depends on the battery size and type.
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Old 09-10-2015, 09:52 PM   #3
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No power to outlets unless you have an inverter installed. Converter only charges and makes 12v from 120.

Edit: we used to use a heater buddy for heat since the furnace does zone the battery.

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Old 09-10-2015, 10:49 PM   #4
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Battery will be the biggest issue.
If you don't use the furnace, then you can probably make it 3 days.
If you do, you probably won't.
As was said, outlets don't work on battery power.

Suggest you go to the website, "the 12 volt side of life" and educate yourself.
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Thanks all for the replies.

The battery is a true deep cycle. I believe it's a 27 series, that escapes me right now but I only have one at this time. Also, it has an inverter installed. Appreciate, the heads up on heater buddy. I appreciate it.
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Also, it has an inverter installed. Appreciate, the heads up on heater buddy. I appreciate it.
just want to clarify, a previous owner installed an inverter?
not very common in popups.

just want to make sure you're not talking about a CONverter. many get the two mixed up.
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Yes many people confuse the converter, makes and charges your 12v from the 120 Shore line and and inverter, which makes 120 from 12v. Very few trailers have both from the factory.

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