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Old 06-18-2013, 04:32 PM   #21
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It's more efficient to charge with the 110-V connected to the RV. The genie only puts out about 8-10 Amps DC.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:26 PM   #22
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I have been charging mine back up just plugging into the 110 outlet on the generator, takes about an hour, & the WH was on too. Try it out the 1st day & see how long it takes for yours.

You could just skip that furnace & sleep a bit closer the your DW.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:50 PM   #23
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Thanks for info. Closer is an idea but the dog is in the way. I'm lucky if I'm not on the couch Love this forum. Tech support and marriage counseling all in the same place!
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:41 PM   #24
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using the 12v charging cables is the worse way of charging the batteries.
let the converter do the job, it'll be way faster.
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:36 PM   #25
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Thanks to all who offered their advice on first time boondocking. We just returned from three days in the Unita Mountains (Utah). Everything went perfectly! Couldn't have been more pleased with the "Deluxe Accommodations". These TT's are really nice. All the comforts and great view.
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Old 06-24-2013, 02:27 PM   #26
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Beautiful pictures!
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:42 PM   #27
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@Canonman - geez, what an eye for photography! I see now why your screen name is what it is.

I could almost be called Nikoncaveman because while I have a Nikon DSLR, I'm still just a caveman pounding at my tools to get somewhat passable pictures.
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:08 PM   #28
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OK, new question for your guys. Our first boon-docking trip coming up this weekend. We have a 2011 Wildwood with two 12v batteries. I inherited a small Honda 750w generator my dad used for years. Generator has a DC output I understand you can attach straight to the batteries for charging. Is it better (more efficient) to charge the batteries this way or to just take 110v into the trailer and let the converter do the charging?
Just the wife and I camping this weekend staying 3 days and 2 nights. 9000ft mountain camp so we'll likely be running the furnace at night. I'm guessing this will deplete the batteries by morning so charging will be needed.
Appreciate your thoughts
Always plug in and charge through the converter, which has a 3-stage charger built in. Running directly to the battery with out the float stage may end up frying your batteries.
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:27 PM   #29
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Thanks guys for the kind words. I've been doing "caveman" camping for too long. The info on battery charging and using the generator were spot on. I'm done sleeping in the dirt. Unless of course she kicks me out....again
Gotta remember to use my inside voice more often.
As for Nikoncaveman my suggestion is you're just not getting out and shooting enough.
BTW you can never get out and shoot enough!
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I read this thread with much interest. The DW and I will be "roughing it" (her words not mine for a week of boondocking in the aderondaks eastern NY. It is a DEC park, no electric, and you can only run your generator 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours at night. I have a coleman 1500 watt 1800 watt max generator witch is approved for Federal park system. My brother who is an electrician said that I should be using a battery charger plugged into the generator as this would charge the battery faster then the converter. So after reading this thread am not sure if I take the charger or not. Will 4 hours a day keep my battery charged?
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