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Old 09-29-2016, 11:22 AM   #21
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Plenty of propane. 3/4 bottle #1 and full bottle #2.

I am leaning towards not enough power from the battery right now.... or that's what I am hoping for.

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Old 09-30-2016, 09:48 PM   #22
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Well... figured it out. Battery didnt have 12v. Charged battery and it works.

Now the bad news i guess... the batter that came with the camper is technically a 2.92 amp hour battery. That answers why it would never stay charged. Oh well, im converting over to a dual battery setup with solar right now.

Why would a rv come with a marine starter battery? Im mean cmon, seriously?

Highly appreciate all the input from everyone!

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Old 09-30-2016, 10:03 PM   #23
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Hi thank you for letting us know that it was low voltage and that it works now.
The furnace is a big power hog and will drain a battery in less that one night.

Thanks for your reply Tim
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Old 09-30-2016, 11:59 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by glarior View Post

Why would a rv come with a marine starter battery? Im mean cmon, seriously?
Is this a new or used trailer?

Most dealers install a cheap marine dual purpose group 24 battery.
Factory doesn't install them on trailers.
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Old 10-01-2016, 06:54 PM   #25
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Yep... Dealers install the battery(ies) not the factory.
Probably was the least expensive one he had setting around.
Unfortunately, cheap often wins out over proper.

Thanks for letting us know the problem.
This will help others as they search in the future.
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Old 10-01-2016, 11:31 PM   #26
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It is a 2016 model i bought in june. The battery was a 24 size but a marine starter battery.

Im sure the average camper wouldnt have any issues with it.
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Old 10-02-2016, 08:01 PM   #27
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The dealer just gives you a "starter" battery.

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Old 10-06-2016, 01:16 PM   #28
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Our experience...minimum usage without shore or generator power. Not worth the downside of a dead battery...bundle up...good excuse to cuddle
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Old 10-06-2016, 05:18 PM   #29
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From past experience with a pop-up at Lake Tahoe, I knew the heater was the big draw electrically when dry camping (no hook-ups). When we bought the A-frame, we figured we would need the heater 4-5 hours a night, and wanted to be able to stay up to 4 nights. I ponied up for the dealer to put in dual batteries (dual size 24).

The A-frame heater fan takes about 4 amps according to some sources, so my plan was doable. Not sure why, but had one of the batteries go bad, which took the other one with it. Long story short, I replaced the batteries with 2 Interstate GC-2 6V 232AH golf cart batteries from Costco. Cost was just under $150, including tax.

With 116AH usable, I can easily go the 4 nights of dry camping. We generally set the heater to 60 degrees (used to set it lower), and the composite walls and roof hold the heat pretty well. I've never seen more than 50% run time for the A-frame heater, even on nights in the 30s.

When dry camping in late Fall or early Spring, our water, food, and battery all run low at the same time. Time to move on.

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Old 10-06-2016, 10:39 PM   #30
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Glad to read that information. Im working on installing two 27 batteries plus one spare battery just in case. Good to know it will last a few days.

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