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Old 03-07-2016, 04:38 PM   #11
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Ok thanks, I will be dry camping 3 nights at a state park, unit already has led lights, state parks has restrooms and even showers but not hot ones so I should be ok with just the 2 batteries. Time will tell


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That sounds very doable, especially if it's just you.

We had to learn dry camping, since we camped at California states parks for 25 years.
Less than 1% of their campsites have hookups of any kind.
And the handful that do are reserved year-round.
So dry camping is the norm.

So we have two deep cycle batteries, 6 gallon water jug, 15 gallon blue tote tank, 400w inverter and a Honda 2000w generator.
We aren't interested in solar because of its limitations.
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Old 03-07-2016, 04:45 PM   #12
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A small gen and external battery charger works for me. Run it a hour or so each day with charger connected to battery. Charges fast with external charger.
dcheatwood, do you disconnect your battery from the trailer when connected to the external charger?
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A Quite Honda 2000 covers lots of bases if your on 12V Battery Power! Beside no worry if you want to Run the EX fans since you cant run the AC,also if you need the Furnace,another real Power Robber,that is also possible while also watching TV or Charging All the "Things"that we seem to need today! The Honda is about the same # as a Big Battery also! Youroo!!
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dcheatwood, do you disconnect your battery from the trailer when connected to the external charger?
No. But I had that concern also and asked on here. The consensus was that the more powerful external charger would override the onboard converter and I've never had a problem. Lots of smart folks on here.
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Old 03-08-2016, 09:21 PM   #15
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Camp at Wi stare parks, many do not have electric. Get yourself a few battery lamps or lanterns and then you won't need the lights. Use a small solar panel and it helps keep battery charged. Have fun, it just takes a little getting used to I can be really frugal using saving power.
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Find a local or state park near home & test it out. Then you can decide if a 2d battery etc. is needed based upon your needs. Caution, it is habit forming & you may be adding a 2d battery, generator, solar or all 3 at a later date.

Up can also test it out in your driveway, write a log of what you have on and keep an eye on your battery, also running water pump will help drain the battery.

Hope this chart helps

120 Volt AC Amp Ratings
Appliance or Electronic Equipment
Estimated Amps
Air Conditioner (X number of A/C)
12-16 Amps
Blender
5-6 Amps
Coffee Maker
5-8 Amps
Compact Disc Player
1 Amp
Computer (Laptop)
2-3 Amps
Converter
1-8 Amps
Crock Pot
1-2 Amps
Curling Iron
<1 Amp
Drill
2-6 Amps
Electric Blanket
0.5-1.5 Amps
Electric Fan
1 Amp
Electric Water Heater
9-13 Amps
Electric Skillet
6-12 Amps
Hair Dryer
5-12 Amps
Iron
5-10 Amps
Light (60 watt % 120V)
<1 Amp
Microwave
8-13 Amps
Microwave (Convection Oven)
13 Amps
Refrigerator in AC mode
5-8 Amps
Space Heater
8-13 Amps
Television
1.5-4 Amps
Toaster
7-10 Amps
Vacuum (handheld)
2-6 Amps
VCR
1-2 Amps
Washer/Dryer
14-16Amps

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12 Volt DC Amp Ratings
Appliance or Accessory
Estimated Amps
Aisle Light
1 Amp
CO Detector
1 Amp
Fluorescent Light
1-2 Amps
Furnace
10-12 Amps
LP Gas Leak Detector
1 Amp
Overhead lights (Per Bulb)
1 Amp
Porch Light
1 Amp
Power Roof Vent
1.5 Amps
Radio/Stereo
4 Amps
Range Hood (Fan & Light)
2-3 Amps
Refrigerator (LP Gas Mode)
1.5- 2 Amps
Security System
1 Amp
Television (12 volt)
4-5 Amps
TV Antenna Booster
<1 Amp
TV Antenna Booster 12 Volt outlet
Up to 8 Amps
Variable Speed Ceiling / Vent Fan
4 Amps
VCR Recorder / Player
2 Amps
Water Pump
4 Amp


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