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Old 07-31-2015, 10:15 PM   #21
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I was just away for a week and my Salem CruiseLite had to be on generator every day. I didn't know (at the time I purchased) to disconnect the negative lead on the battery while in storage so after a test run with electric and a week in between, I went on a weekend trip. By Sunday morning the battery was totally dead. How did I know? The refrigerator check light was on and clicking. Gas was good but the battery was not. After taking it off and charging it back up, I headed back up to Oshkosh where I had left the camper for the airshow. As long as I ran the generator for an hour or so each day up there, I had no problems.

I've read comments about disconnecting the propane alarm as well. I guess this drains a bit of power off the battery.
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Old 07-31-2015, 10:22 PM   #22
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I was just away for a week and my Salem CruiseLite had to be on generator every day. I didn't know (at the time I purchased) to disconnect the negative lead on the battery while in storage so after a test run with electric and a week in between, I went on a weekend trip. By Sunday morning the battery was totally dead. How did I know? The refrigerator check light was on and clicking. Gas was good but the battery was not. After taking it off and charging it back up, I headed back up to Oshkosh where I had left the camper for the airshow. As long as I ran the generator for an hour or so each day up there, I had no problems.

I've read comments about disconnecting the propane alarm as well. I guess this drains a bit of power off the battery.
Just install a battery disconnect switch.
Way easier than dealing with a cable.
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I'll check on having that done. Thanks for the tip!
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Old 07-31-2015, 11:57 PM   #24
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I think that a second battery will be s must for you but it does add tongue weight.

And/or Plan b- rent a 2000w genny.
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Solar Charging is always good, I suppose not if you store it indoors and only camp under heavy shade. For the rest of us, depending upon use, 100 watts, 200 watts or even 400 watts may be in order. Renogy.com or my favorite, WindyNation.com are the best way to go if you have the moderate DYI skills to install it your self.

Dry camping, generator or not, I would not go without at least two good batteries, INSTALLED. Although, I admit, since we went all LED, went to a low current draw, Fantastic ceiling exhaust fan and use a good stove top percolator, I am really not sure how long one battery might last. And although I am a big SOLAR fan, I LOVE THAT WE CAN FIRE UP THAT ONAN 4000 watt Gen and run THAT AIR CONDITIONER when I want it.
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I have seen several high dollar motorhomes that use a Honda 2000 just to keep the batteries up. Saves running the onboard generator. I guess the little gas generator saves noise and vibration from the on board generator. And is more friendly for the neighbors. Solar would work too.
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Dry camping, generator or not, I would not go without at least two good batteries, INSTALLED. Although, I admit, since we went all LED, went to a low current draw, Fantastic ceiling exhaust fan and use a good stove top percolator, I am really not sure how long one battery might last. And although I am a big SOLAR fan, I LOVE THAT WE CAN FIRE UP THAT ONAN 4000 watt Gen and run THAT AIR CONDITIONER when I want it.
X2- good to have the genny (peace of mind).. don't plan to use it. Going to look into the Fantastic fan.. love the idea it is 12V and controlled by a stat...
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The one reply about damaging your A/C capacitor by running off generator.
I had a motorhome with a 6500 watt genny....
I am not sure what Billybass was trying to say. With a proper generator sized for your AC, you can run the AC off a Genset for YEARS if you can afford the fuel. The A/C has no idea of whether it is running off a genset or shore power. Also there is no reason the condenser would suffer any damage. Actually a good running genset puts out a BETTER sinewave and stable voltage than you get at home (and far better than most RV parks.)
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I have seen several high dollar motorhomes that use a Honda 2000 just to keep the batteries up...
Yep. X2. And considering its lower power rating. IMO, it is the best dollar per watt genset made. (audio noise level, RF noise levels, maintenance, ease of start, fuel consumption, and more) dollar per watt. I own two. I don't use them on the RV since we have a the onboard ONAN (also a nice genset) we use .
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Just install a battery disconnect switch.
Way easier than dealing with a cable.
Only problem is that kills everything. Best bet is to add a second battery. Yes, it will add about a 100 pounds of tongue weight but that can be balanced out if need be most of the time. Also change your lights to led bulbs, at least the ones you use most. They only use about 1/10 the power of regular incandescent bulbs. Another thing many don't think of is shut your hot water heater off when you don't need it. I turn mine on in the evening after dinner and shut it off when I am done. Why keep it hot all day if you are not there or don't really need it. I don't think I would mess with the propane alarm. I never checked it but doubt if it uses much. I hate to recommend disconnecting safety items.

Here is a link to the led bulbs I used. Granted they are not real cheap but you may not need to replace all your lights, just the ones you normally use. They can save a lot of battery power, especially if you have kids that forget to turn lights off like most do.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...6280_123950170


One more thing many don't think of is the TV antenna booster. Only need it when you are watching the TV.

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