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Old 05-09-2011, 09:05 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the assistance. It looks like I'll go with the generator. Since it's a tent camper with no TV or microwave I was thinking I could get away with 1000W. It looks like most use Honda or Yamaha but even for a small 1000W version it will be at least $800. I'll also do the battery cut off switch when not in use.

Any other advice on this issue?
Well with the 1K the air conditioner is out, but you would need 3K to run that. A battery cut off switch is very handy when storing your unit, but if you are in the camper I strongly recommend you not using it to save 200 milliamps and put your family at risk if you develop a propane leak.

The Smoke detectors and CO detector are powered by their own 9V batterys, so no worry on that end.
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Old 05-10-2011, 01:27 AM   #12
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Batteries are quieter.
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Batteries are quieter.
No argument there; at least until they are dead.
Then the constant drone of DW tends to make my ears hurt.
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Be sure you have a large wire to run to the battery. Years back, I could not get much life out of my battery in my 64 Airstream. Ran down quick. I put large, 4 gauge cables directly from my tow vehicle battery to the battery on the trailer. I doubled or more the life of the battery charge. There is too much voltage drop in the tow vehicle wiring for that length. The trailer battery was not getting fully charged. The large wire allowed it to get fully charged. That may be your problem.

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mpierce makes a good point. You can't rely on the tow vehicle to keep your battery charged. Before you go boondocking again, put an AC charger on the battery to insure its fully charged. If you suspect the battery is at its end of life, you might have it checked at an auto parts store. Most will test it for free.
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