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Old 06-21-2013, 04:20 PM   #11
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ok - so my battery I purchased was a Kirkland Marine/RV Deep Cycle battery, Group 27DC, 115 Amp hour, 750 Marine Cranking Amps, 600 Cold Cranking Amps.

Seems like a strong battery to me. The mattresses say 120V only so I guess I can't run the mattresses w/o a generator or shore power - but that's a little odd b/c I plug the mattresses into my outlets on the camper. But I suppose my battery doesn't actually run these outlets I guessing.

Our next trip is at 8500 ft. elev. with no shore power, so I'm wondering how long I can expect this battery to power occasional ceiling dome lights - probably use for a few hours each night AND my heater occasionally at night (since I can't use the heated mattresses)?

I'm thinking my built-in heater draws a lot of power. I can fire up the fridge on propane once we get settled or just use a cooler. Can I make it 3 nights with occasional heater use at night and interior lighting? If not, I guess it's essentially tent camping which ain't so bad I suppose! lol! Thanks!
first, you need to learn how the electrical systems work in your popup.
there are two separate sides, 12vDC and 110vAC.
your outlets ONLY work on shore power or with a generator. therefore plugging your heated mattresses into the outlets won't work if you only have your 12v battery power.
i suggest you Google, the 12 Volt Side of Life. this is a good place to learn how the systems work.
second, yes your FURNACE will use up more battery power than anything else in the trailer. it's a power hog.
your fridge will draw very little battery power to operate on propane.

as far as how long the battery will last, if you use the furnace all night, it quite possibly could be drained by the next morning.
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ok - so my battery I purchased was a Kirkland Marine/RV Deep Cycle battery, Group 27DC, 115 Amp hour, 750 Marine Cranking Amps, 600 Cold Cranking Amps.

Seems like a strong battery to me. The mattresses say 120V only so I guess I can't run the mattresses w/o a generator or shore power - but that's a little odd b/c I plug the mattresses into my outlets on the camper. But I suppose my battery doesn't actually run these outlets I guessing.

Our next trip is at 8500 ft. elev. with no shore power, so I'm wondering how long I can expect this battery to power occasional ceiling dome lights - probably use for a few hours each night AND my heater occasionally at night (since I can't use the heated mattresses)?

I'm thinking my built-in heater draws a lot of power. I can fire up the fridge on propane once we get settled or just use a cooler. Can I make it 3 nights with occasional heater use at night and interior lighting? If not, I guess it's essentially tent camping which ain't so bad I suppose! lol! Thanks!
I'm thinkin buy two more good blankets, one under the sheets and one above with your others. Do not run heater at night, use only am for a bit to take the chill off. Use safe candles instead of the power hog lamps, then you might make 3 days on the fully charged battery. In my popup years ago I went 3-4 days easily this way. (Main job for battery was to lift roof with hyd pump, sparingly.
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Old 06-21-2013, 05:03 PM   #13
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Thanks for the advice guys - our popup has a manual crank to open. I'm thinking we won't need heat at all. I've notice out here in Colorado it warms up nicely in the AM so stepping outside solves the morning chill. I guess the water pump will be used sparingly, plus the fridge even when on propane, but that's about it... looks like I won't need to haul a generator after all (which is what I'm trying to avoid really). Thanks.
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X2 on the heater. Those built in heaters have one heck of a power draw. We do Civil War reenacting in Fla, and camp in fields with no power almost always. The heater is the biggest battery drain by a long shot. Water pump would be the next one. Get a generator for the daytime hours, it will recharge the battery as well, or you COULD plug in the pigtail to your tow vehicle, and run it for a few hours to recharge! Good Luck, Randy
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You can get a catalytic heater that runs on small propane tanks to take off the chills, we used them in our pop up many times. Randy
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I just put a new deep cycle battery in my Rockwood tent trailer and took it out last week. Ran the lights minimally but used the heater at night. It lasted about 3 days and then needed to be charged. In retrospect, I would have turned off the heater right before I climbed into my sleeping bag at night and it probably would have lasted the week.
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