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Too Tall 01-12-2016 02:08 PM

Charging battery(s) when dry camping
 
Preparing for a week in the boondocks. Do people still charge with vehicle's generator and how long does that take.

Thinking about purchasing a 1000 watt gen for charging batteries etc.. Your thoughts. What do you do.

Thanks in advance.

TURBS 01-12-2016 02:14 PM

Charging battery(s) when dry camping
 
There alternators now lol
Would take forever through the vehicle charging system.
1000 watt generator would take quite awhile as well through onboard charger.
1000 watt genie is only 8 amps


2015 Columbus 320RS
2008 2500HD Duramax
2015 nights camped "34"

Too Tall 01-12-2016 02:24 PM

thanks for the reply, my RAM diesel has a pretty significant alternator but I'm not going to run more than 15 minutes or so and I don't think that's enough. I should have added, I'm talking about a travel trailer, not motorhome.

Yes, 8 amps charging two batteries would be all day, I guess. I'm thinking of connecting it to the power cord on the camper and letting the camper's inverter charge it. That may be slower however.

How do most people handle charging.

Mountndream 01-12-2016 02:24 PM

You can pick up a champion 2000i for around $500 that will power everything but your AC and microwave. How long your batteries last depends on usage, type and the number of them.

youroo 01-12-2016 02:29 PM

Too Tall,NoA/C or Micro but you can run the rest on 12V using that 1000! Even a Little TV or Tunes,but you cant run it all like your on Shore Power! :signhavefun: Youroo!! :us-flag-waving:

Kevin & Judy 01-12-2016 02:56 PM

We use a charger made by Schumacher that has a fast charge, we power it from our Honda 2000I. Does a great job charging our 2 Trojan batterys..

Flybob 01-12-2016 02:57 PM

Many of the larger TVs have high current alternator systems, the problem is the length of the wiring from the alternator, through the TV and the TT will cause enough voltage drop that you will have limited charging capability. Also even large alternator equipped TVs have limited charging capacity at idle.

Too Tall 01-12-2016 03:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kevin & Judy (Post 1077384)
We use a charger made by Schumacher that has a fast charge, we power it from our Honda 2000I. Does a great job charging our 2 Trojan batterys..

I have a Schmacher with a huge amp output. About how long does it take you to charge your battery with that setup?

Too Tall 01-12-2016 03:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by youroo (Post 1077371)
Too Tall,NoA/C or Micro but you can run the rest on 12V using that 1000! Even a Little TV or Tunes,but you cant run it all like your on Shore Power! :signhavefun: Youroo!! :us-flag-waving:

That's what I'm thinking, All i want to do is charge the two 12 volt batteries on the trailer tongue, then shut it off.

Kevin & Judy 01-12-2016 03:26 PM

It depends on how depleated the batterys are, we usually run for 2-3 hours per day depending on usage, Most of our usage comes from running a C-pap machine at night,and from the quick use of the invertor making coffee in the morning.


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