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Old 06-15-2013, 10:20 AM   #1
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We are in NH for bike week. Have the camper here at the hotel parking lot. (we already had the room paid for, and no refunds) anyway, battery ran out and fridge quit. Is this normal. Had the auto set for the fridge, and gas in the tanks. Should the battery only last a few days sitting by itself? No lights on, no tv on, just the face on the radio in place. I dont really understand this camping thing. I had the battery checked at Le Mesa before we left Fl. Seems to be a lot of hassle for a brand new unit. Any ideas? I hooked the truck up and charged the battery some. Does the refrigerator light stay on when the gas is on? Please advise...Mark
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:23 AM   #2
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We are in NH for bike week. Have the camper here at the hotel parking lot. (we already had the room paid for, and no refunds) anyway, battery ran out and fridge quit. Is this normal. Had the auto set for the fridge, and gas in the tanks. Should the battery only last a few days sitting by itself? No lights on, no tv on, just the face on the radio in place. I dont really understand this camping thing. I had the battery checked at Le Mesa before we left Fl. Seems to be a lot of hassle for a brand new unit. Any ideas? I hooked the truck up and charged the battery some. Does the refrigerator light stay on when the gas is on? Please advise...Mark
Fridge requires a full 12 v to run on propane.
So yes that and a few parasitic draws will run battery dead.
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Fridge alone requires up to 2 amps an hour .

Read this.

normal appliance amp draws
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Old 06-15-2013, 04:21 PM   #4
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modern RV's can drain a single battery in just a few days, if not plugged into shore power.
lots of parasitic power drains that you don't see, plus the fridge needing power.

if you plan on dry camping a lot, you need to have a two battery setup.

it's only a lot of hassle if you don't know how your RV works.
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Old 06-15-2013, 04:28 PM   #5
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modern RV's can drain a single battery in just a few days, if not plugged into shore power.
lots of parasitic power drains that you don't see, plus the fridge needing power.

if you plan on dry camping a lot, you need to have a two battery setup.

it's only a lot of hassle if you don't know how your RV works.
Nicely said! And I concur.
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thanks everyone, it is frustrating having to learn these things the hard way. I had to throw out all the meat in the freezer, so long ribeyes, but I still dont understand why these campers dont come with an owners manuel like a truck does. I appreciate you all taking the time to help, thank you all...Mark
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thanks everyone, it is frustrating having to learn these things the hard way. I had to throw out all the meat in the freezer, so long ribeyes, but I still dont understand why these campers dont come with an owners manuel like a truck does. I appreciate you all taking the time to help, thank you all...Mark
Just like a car or truck manual. No one reads them till after you have a problem. So this Forum makes up for no owners manual
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