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Old 03-28-2016, 04:38 PM   #31
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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.
Not a silly question, I have (do) both just in case. It seems I help others more than myself with dead batteries. Always better to be prepared and the weight of the charger is minimal for the times it has helped.
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Old 03-28-2016, 04:46 PM   #32
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The blue totes seem to be pretty expensive and I have not figured out how to empty it. Do you need a pump and what hoses do you use with it?
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Old 03-28-2016, 05:57 PM   #33
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I have a Honda 2000 generator and have used on 3 different trailers. Plug shore power plug directly to generator. I have found that the time the generator is running, powering Wifes hair dryer, etc. that my batteries (I have 2) keep a good charge for what ever is needed at night.
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Pioneers kept warm with blankets and hides. Don't need electricity. Man up!!
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Old 03-28-2016, 08:19 PM   #35
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Pioneers kept warm with blankets and hides. Don't need electricity.
Yes, 3 blankets and 2 dogs in our camper. It's cold at night in the Big Horns at 7,000 feet. We just do a burn in the morning to take the chill off; while running the 2000i to keep the batteries from drawing down. The furnace fan takes over 5 amps!
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I don't have experience with generator charging of batteries, but I would suggest you get a 2nd battery and put it in parallel. Furnace can take down one battery in a night. Add the mattress heaters and I'm not sure even 2 batteries will do. Get some sleeping bags?

I'm sure others will chime in on charging and power use.
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The mattress heaters on my Roo 19 were 150 watts. If he runs both, that's 300 watts.

Now that I think about it, they run on 110VAC, so unless he uses an inverter, he can't use them anyway.

I am not sure of math done it my head these day but sounds like those bed heaters will kill two batteries without any help from the furnace.
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I am not sure of math done it my head these day but sounds like those bed heaters will kill two batteries without any help from the furnace.
Mattress heaters won't work on 12v DC.
They are 120v AC ONLY.
so they have no affect on battery power.
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