Originally Posted by Bojo
Could I charge the batteries with a small generator? 800 watts? And a converter?
I recommend a generator and a stand alone charger.
Others will disagree but it works for me.
Note: we all pretty much agree even a small generator is very loud unless
it's a honda or other Inverter type genny.
A plain old "contractor" generator generates 120v AC by spinning at
a specific speed. This means the engine runs full speed all the time.
Even with light or no load at all. They are noisy!!!
An inverter generator makes DC voltage which is Inverted to that all important
60 cycle AC. This means the engine can run at a lower speed.
The lower engine speed coupled with a better muffler make inverter
generators noticeably quieter.
You could simply plug your A frame cord into a genny and charge that
way but MY onboard charger typically starts out at a decent high rate
of charge then drops back. This is better for long battery life but I want
my batteries to get charged ASAP so I can shut off the genny.
For this reason I use a stand alone charger.
If you plug your trailer into a genny be sure your fridge is set on LP only
and be sure your water heater electric heater is shut off if it has the
electric heater option.
Good luck! Have fun! I think "dry camping" is fun. It's why we have
these "self contained" RVs in the first place!!