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Old 03-06-2016, 10:52 PM   #1
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We will be dry camping this year for the first time, my question is would it be more efficient to buy another 12 v marine battery and bring it with us, buy a cheap generator, or a solar panel set, depending on how much we like it we may do it more times..


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Old 03-06-2016, 11:14 PM   #2
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You can get by on one battery for a weekend. If you're out all day an basically sleep in it you can go 3 nights easy on one battery.
If you plan to run your furnace overnight (Keeping it 70 in 20F-30F temps) you can run down two size 24DC batteries in 1-1/2 nights. A small generator may be best. It really depends on how much time you spend in your camper running 12v items. (lights, fans, water pump, TVs)
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We will be dry camping this year for the first time, my question is would it be more efficient to buy another 12 v marine battery and bring it with us, buy a cheap generator, or a solar panel set, depending on how much we like it we may do it more times..


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A cheap non-inverter generator, in a campground, will not be appreciated.
Unless you're talking about something like the Champion 2000w inverter generator.
A second battery will help but if you use the furnace every night, for more than 2 nights, they will get below 50%.
How will you deal with fresh and gray water?
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Fresh water would have to be pumped from tank, grey would be dumped at dump station on the way out, I would not be using furnace, my trip will be near end of June..


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Fresh water would have to be pumped from tank, grey would be dumped at dump station on the way out, I would not be using furnace, my trip will be near end of June..


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How many nights will you be dry camping and how many will be using the trailer's water and sinks?
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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.
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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.
X2 I have two Honda 2000's. But if you just need to charge a battery and run a few lights a 1000 would work.
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With 2 standard 12v batteries we have dry camped for 5 nights no problem.
As you said- warm weather, no furnace, minimal lights- get LEDs!!
Make sure your fridge does NOT have anti condensation heater.
We pumped nearly a full tank of fresh water and even watched enough
TV every day to get local weather forecast using a little cigarette socket
inverter.

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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.
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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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