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Old 07-01-2015, 09:59 AM   #11
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The propane leak detector, stereo back lights, water pump, in and outside lights, fridge and furnace all use 12v.

During the 9/5 day stay were you plugged in or did you run the generator(before you started it on day 5) any?
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Look at your power consumption to see where you stand on what your asking the battery to deliver.

There isn't a lot you can do about the frig or furnace, but look at operation s like fans (kitchen exhaust, fantastic, etc) TVs, Radios (

Look at Phantom loads (things that consume power, even when they ar not turned on. Radios, TVs, alarms,

Look at your lights, particularly if you have not upgraded to LEDs, each of your lights draws about 1.3 amps, BIG consumers.

Look at your converter, if its a single stage unit, you may want to consider upgrading it to a 3 (or 4) stage unit. These will allow a much higher charge voltage (quicker charging) This means a much faster re-charge of your battery from the generator or shore power.
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Old 07-01-2015, 01:10 PM   #14
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You should hook up a volt meter so you can monitor your battery voltage.
When it gets down to around 12.0 volts, you should run the generator a few hours to charge your battery back up.

If you do not monitor your battery you will kill it in a short timeframe and will be buying new batteries frequently.

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Old 07-02-2015, 09:59 AM   #15
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Thank you all for the information, particularly the link for The 12volt Side of Life (Part 1)


Great forum! Appreciate the help!
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Old 07-02-2015, 03:30 PM   #16
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Wow - we don't do a lot of boondocking, so I guess I never needed to know that much about batteries, but great info here even for those of us who camp "plugged in".

I need to re-think how I store/maintain mine (especially during the off-season) as I really don't want to buy a new one every 12-24 months. . .

Thanks as always forum members for sharing your wisdom.
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