I know this thread has sort of ended but we just got back from
3 days camping off the grid.
I had a couple surprises and some insight to share-- In the 1st 24 hours-
We watched a couple hours of TV using a little cigarette socket inverter.
My little LCD TV says is uses 30 watts so it's pretty miserly.
Ran the furnace once in the morning to take the chill off.
Used LED lights sparingly.
Fridge on LP only mode.
End of day 1 I found my batteries nearly dead! Went around and checked
everything I could think of and found that stupid "environmental" switch
on my fridge ON.
My fridge has a heater built in the metal strip that separates the top freezer
from the bottom fresh food doors.
The heater warms the strip and stops condensation. The problem is
that heater runs on DC power and is a battery hog!
If you like camping off the grid be SURE and check to see if you have
a little rocker switch found hidden under the top of your freezer door frame. I thought mine was off but it obviously got bumped back to on
some time in the past. I'm either going to disconnect it or tape it or
something. We DON"T care about a little condensation between
I'd brought my little Honda 2k so I fired it up and plugged in my trailer
AND attached a stand alone 25 amp smart charger.
I've tested this before and each one charges less when I use both but
the total is more than either one at a time.
So I use both to speed up the process.
Ran the genny about 2 hours.
Shut down back to normal.
Watched a little TV, used minimal LED lights went to bed.
Next morning ran the furnace to take off the chill and it sounded
Checked and batteries are almost dead again.
My 2 plain old 12v "deep cycle/crank/marine batteries are now starting their
Just checked Sam's club and they have
Duracell® Golf Car Battery - Group Size GC2
for $85. Guess it's time to upgrade to a pair of 6 volt.
Looks like these will fit my existing battery boxes.
It's time to get out there!!