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Old 01-06-2015, 08:15 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by RamblerGuy View Post
Be advised that the furnace takes about 7 amps when it is running. Even if it's cold it won't likely have to run all the time.
Probably closer to 10 - 12 amps

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Old 01-07-2015, 12:09 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by TURBS View Post
Probably closer to 10 - 12 amps
Wow, that many?

I don't have a TT. Mine is a Forest River Rockwood Premier 2516G tent trailer. It has a 19000BTU "Suburban" furnace that consumes propane, and 2.7A of 12vdc for the blower.

Yeah, if it's consuming 7-12A, a single G24 battery will go quickly.

A good G24 has 85AH of capacity, of which one should never use more than 43AH to stay around 50% or above. If the furnace runs 1/3rd of the time, at 10A it will burn 3.33A per hour of use. A 10-hour night will consume 33.3AH, leaving you with just under 10AH for other uses. The battery will need to be fully recharged before the next cycle.

A dual bank of batteries would give 85AH of useful capacity, so the daily recharge cycle could be reduced in its duration; instead of bringing the batteries up to 100% each day, you could bring them up to 85% which happens much faster.

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Old 01-12-2015, 12:16 PM   #13
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That's the Genny I'm getting also. Champion Power Equipment 73536i 2,000 Watt 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator. Can't beat the $$$ & very quiet.
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Old 01-19-2015, 07:49 PM   #14
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Just a note. If you're running the quiet invertor generators, those typically do not apply to quiet times. They are really quiet and I have never had anyone complain. I've even been to campgrounds were they required quiet generators. I have 2 Honda eu2000 that I run parallel during the day when I need the AC and an occasional microwave at dinner time but then I shut one down at night and run one just for TV etc. if you don't need AC or TV and you're just running them to charge the batteries, I typically run around 5 hours a day but I split it up. Couple hours in the morning and couple early evening. Saves propane too on the fridge.
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Old 01-19-2015, 08:35 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Maxhise View Post
Just a note. If you're running the quiet invertor generators, those typically do not apply to quiet times.
i own a Honda 2000 and though very quiet, it isn't silent.
campground rules are rules. just cause someone doesn't complain, doesn't mean you aren't breaking the rules.
those rules apply to even quieter inverter generators.

i know because i ran my Honda past the 8:00pm cutoff time, just to run the microwave for a few minutes and a ranger stopped by and told me i had to turn it off.
there are no special "exemptions" for inverter generators. there are noise level rules though, for the much louder open-frame non-inverter contractor generators.

now if you are truly "boondocking", then you won't have any rangers or neighbors to worry about.
but if you are "dry camping", which means in a developed campground without hookups, then there are almost always quiet hours. usually from 8pm to 8am.
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Old 01-19-2015, 09:32 PM   #16
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now if you are truly "boondocking", then you won't have any rangers or neighbors to worry about.

NOooo No no no.... !! Don't send em out into the boondocks running their gensets!

Folks out here are PARTICULARLY sensitive to folks running genset's outside of "normal" operating hours. There is no written rule, but it's pretty well understood that 9-dusk is acceptable. Folks that are out to enjoy the peace and quiet of nature don't like to hear genset's with their morning coffee or their evening supper. During sleep hours is almost the same as dropping a doogie in the neighbors swimming pool.
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Old 01-27-2015, 11:33 PM   #17
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Just bought this puppy for that very reason! Don't want to hear my noisy ass genny! And I own a fairly quiet one...Lifan 3600, the only reason I bought it was to charge the batteries when boondocking and charge the electric toothbrushes. Hopefully this solar charger will do the trick.

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Old 03-18-2015, 12:29 AM   #18
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Mountndream -- do hope you guys enjoy exploring the national parks and their regions! -- am assuming that when you say "Hopefully wont need AC in June at 8500 feet," that you are heading West, where the higher you go, the more heat from the "convection" sun occurs; having lived in NM and now in AZ and travelled Colorado along with the Rockies range, being out and about is Good where breezes can cool you (be sure to use suntan lotion, even in june), but to a closed box such as an rv, that ol' sun can really heat it up -- enjoy!
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Old 03-21-2015, 02:20 PM   #19
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As a Forest River camper owner I suggest you take it easy on your converter, Mine went out fast. I ordered a new one and I was told Forest River puts in the lowest grade possible. (you will be lucky to get 4 yrs out of it) I upgraded mine and didn`t even bother with the warranty because all`s they want to do is argue with you! Not worth the headache. Talk to RV Best Converter, great ppl. very helpful. For 25.00 more you will get an awesome converter! (and if you have a question, you actually talk to REAL PEOPLE)
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Old 03-26-2015, 09:36 PM   #20
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Not to hijack the thread, and I agree that sometimes a generator is the only solution, but consider solar. +1 for a59cheffy! 100W panel (non folding) w/ charge controller is <$200 on Amazon. That is good for about 7 amps DC where there is good sun. Example: One 105Ah battery (good for 50Ahs @ 50% discharge). We can recharge the battery from a 50% discharged state if we have 7-8 hours of sun, or 4 hours if we have two solar panels, and no no noise at all. We used this arrangement last year (6 weeks on the road) and although we carried a Honda EU2000, we never fired it up.

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