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Old 03-27-2016, 04:56 PM   #11
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Schumacher Electric 425W Power Inverter - Walmart.com

This is a power inverter, it plugs into your cig lighter or clips to a battery and gives you 110 house current, it is REALLY hard on batteries depending on what you are running but is great for traveling with the kids to charge laptops and iPads etc. In general they are nice to have around.
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Old 03-27-2016, 04:58 PM   #12
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So how does the quality of the factory converter rate? I bought the Roo because I didn't want to spend $$$$ upgrading everything, but one thing I don't want to chance is electrical issues. If it was just the wife and I, it wouldn't matter, but I have two little ones to look out of in this adventure as well.

Thanks again for all the info. This board has been a life saver!
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Old 03-27-2016, 05:04 PM   #13
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You should have no trouble with the converter in your Roo, If you plug your camper into your Generator during the day, you should charge your batteries no problem, You should be able to run your furnace all night on 2 batteries, your camper is set up to dry camp and that is what you will be doing. I would camp in the driveway for a night to try it all out just in case.
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Old 03-27-2016, 05:08 PM   #14
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I wouldn't hook a battery charger directly to the batteries unless they were decoupled from the trailer. My charger builds to as high as 16 volts. That might fry your electronics in the trailer.
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Old 03-27-2016, 05:21 PM   #15
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Rockwood Roo 19, 2016 model

We will be out for 7 nights, weather will be fairly cold, so heater will be on. No AC use anticipated. Other than that we will run the TV a tad and heat the mattresses at night.

My question is this: I have a 2,000 watt generator that I can run daily during generator hours.

1) Should I plug the shore power straight to the generator to charge the batteries, or should I get a battery charger and charge the battery from the charger that is powered by the generator. I understand the converter will charge that battery, but will it give it a high quality deep charge on a few hours of generator power?

2) Will a single (stock) 12V battery be enough to run the heater fan and the mattress heaters all night? I have little ones and I don't want to risk leaving them in the cold at 4am.

Many thanks in advance! Sorry if this is a silly question. Very new to this.
1. Just plug the shore cord into the generator. Your converter will easily do the job of recharging the batteries. Ours has been working doing this, on our Roo, for 10 years now.

2. Get a matching battery. This will cut down the amount of generator time.
As was said, the mattress heaters are NOT 12v DC, they are 120v AC.

How are you going to run the tv? They come with 120v AC televisions.
Unless you only use it while hooked up to the generator.
I installed a 400w inverter to run the tv and dvd player.

We are experienced dry campers, so I have some questions.

How will you deal with fresh, gray and black water?
Do you have a tote tank? how will you refill with fresh water?
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Old 03-27-2016, 05:51 PM   #16
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We are experienced dry campers, so I have some questions.

How will you deal with fresh, gray and black water?
Do you have a tote tank? how will you refill with fresh water?
We will be camping at Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park. Although there are no campsite utilities, there is a dump station and water in the park.

My plan is to toe the camper, without water to Estes Park (2 day tow) and get a site the night before we head into the National Park. During that night we will make sure the batteries are topped off and fill up the fresh water tank.

We are staying several nights in the National Park and I expect to have to hook up the unit and drag it to fill/empty tanks at least once.

Any advice on the above is certainly welcome!
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How are you going to run the tv? They come with 120v AC televisions.
Unless you only use it while hooked up to the generator.
I installed a 400w inverter to run the tv and dvd player.
Running the TV is not of primary importance, so based on that we likely won't be running it. We will charge up cell phones and the kids iPads in the car every day, so in the event we get stuck inside for weather, they will have those. Barring weather keeping us in, hopefully there will be very little time for TV
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We will be camping at Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park. Although there are no campsite utilities, there is a dump station and water in the park.

My plan is to toe the camper, without water to Estes Park (2 day tow) and get a site the night before we head into the National Park. During that night we will make sure the batteries are topped off and fill up the fresh water tank.

We are staying several nights in the National Park and I expect to have to hook up the unit and drag it to fill/empty tanks at least once.

Any advice on the above is certainly welcome!
So, you're saying that you're going to close up the tent ends, raise the stabilizers, roll up the awning, rehitch the trailer, take out the chocks and the reverse the whole process AT LEAST TWICE, just to dump the tanks and refill the FW tank?

For just the two of us, using water conservation, a 7 day trip would require us to dump the gray tank a minimum of two times and also refill the FW tank twice.
We take a 6 gallon water can to refill the tank and our 15 gallon tote tank to dump excess gray water. We can easily go 7 days without needing to dump the black tank.

So we never have to break camp just to get water or dump tanks.

I think you need to reconsider your water/holding tank strategy.
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You can charge twice as fast by splitting the batteries from each other, charging one on the converter and the second on an external charger of sufficeient capacity.
If you parallel the batteries, this is not recommended. Just use either the camper's converter or the dedicated charger to charge the batteries together. If properly wired, they will charge and discharge balanced and your batteries will last far longer.
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So, you're saying that you're going to close up the tent ends, raise the stabilizers, roll up the awning, rehitch the trailer, take out the chocks and the reverse the whole process AT LEAST TWICE, just to dump the tanks and refill the FW tank?

For just the two of us, using water conservation, a 7 day trip would require us to dump the gray tank a minimum of two times and also refill the FW tank twice.
We take a 6 gallon water can to refill the tank and our 15 gallon tote tank to dump excess gray water. We can easily go 7 days without needing to dump the black tank.

So we never have to break camp just to get water or dump tanks.

I think you need to reconsider your water/holding tank strategy.
Concur; a tote is an important accessory when dry camping. Just hook it behind the tow vehicle and drive slowly to the dump station.
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