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Old 07-13-2015, 03:50 AM   #1
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What to do?

My TT is brand new. It has the standard WFCO converter and dual Interstate SRM-24 12 volt batteries wired in parallel.

I keep the trailer parked next to my house so I can use it for the occasional football game or spending the night in there with the kids.

For camping, we usually have hookups but I will be boondocking 2 or 3 times per year. I'm not interested in running microwave, TV, etc. when boondocking.

I have a small generator I can borrow for boondocking. I'm thinking of buying a 3 stage battery charger to charge the batteries when boondocking.

When the TT is at home, my thought is to leave it hooked up to power. Then before a trip, put the batteries on the charger to make sure the batteries are in good shape. Then when boondocking, top off the batteries using the charger connected to the generator.

Does all this sound about right? Thanks!
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Old 07-13-2015, 04:12 AM   #2
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If you are leaving it hooked up to power at home, then why would you need to charge the batteries?? Doue your converter not charge the batteries when plugged in? If you are leaving it plugged in, and it is charging the batteries, check your water in the batteries and a regular basis.
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Not sure why you wouldn't give your converter a chance to prove itself?
We've been using our HTT's WFCO to recharge our two 12v batteries, for nearly 9 years now.
Never needed a separate battery charger.

And we dry camp 90% of the time and use our Honda 2000 to recharge them.
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If that small generator you can borrow is a 2000 watt then it will more than likely put out about 8 amps to charge your batteries. You are better off buying a 3 stage charger as you mentioned. Get yourself at least a 15 amp charger, the higher amps the better.
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Not sure why you wouldn't give your converter a chance to prove itself?
We've been using our HTT's WFCO to recharge our two 12v batteries, for nearly 9 years now.
Never needed a separate battery charger.

And we dry camp 90% of the time and use our Honda 2000 to recharge them.
Good point, I need to give it a fair chance. Another problem I'm having is that I installed the hard wired surge protector, and it's giving me an Open Ground fault when I try to plug into the generator. I found online where I can devise a small ground fault loop, but the generator only has one outlet so that exact solution won't work. I think I'm gonna focus on making that generator work and avoid spending the money if I can on a charger.

I will also monitor the batter water levels, actually I'm gonna go do that right now while I'm thinking about it!
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I thought you were going to connect the generator charging system alone to your battery, which is not the quickest way to charge a battery.
When I need a quick top up for my batteries I plug the genny into the trailer and also connect a 40 amp smart charger direct to the batteries.
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I would not have the trailer plugged into the generator and have a second battery charger on the batteries. The chargers (wfco and smart charger) may start to work against each other, you should only have one charger on the batteries at a time.
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I would not have the trailer plugged into the generator and have a second battery charger on the batteries. The chargers (wfco and smart charger) may start to work against each other, you should only have one charger on the batteries at a time.
OK thanks, that is good to know.
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