Originally Posted by herk7769
4) If the battery is very low it is faster to remove it from the camper and use the DC charging port on the side of the generator. It will fast charge the batteries without the limits of the power center. You MUST watch them like a hawk to avoid boiling them dry or exploding them from too much hydrogen being trapped under the vent caps.
I have been following this thread, trying to figure out what is best for my situation. I understand that the generator takes forever to charge the batteries. Even after running the generator for a couple hours, my battery is still not up to full capacity. I think 1 of the reason that I start with a low battery is that I have to open the slide (pulling a lot of amps) at the 1st of a dry camping trip, and the battery never completely recovers from that.
In reading this thread, it seems like it would be best to use the battery charger on my generator, or use a portable battery charger. So, so I have some questions concerning those options.
1. Should the battery be disconnected from the camper ?? I am thinking yes, and the generator battery charger or a portable charger may put more current to the appliances that what they can handle.
2. Which is best, the generator battery outlet or a portable charger?? Often times, I am parked at the rear of my camper, and the generator and battery are 30+ feet apart. I could run a 120 volt extension cord to a portable battery charger and do it that way. Or rig up a 12 volt extension cord to use the built-in battery charger on my generator.
3. I would have to presume that plugging the generator into the camper and charging the battery via 12 volts would be a big no-no ?? But that should be OK if I take the battery off-line ??