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Old 03-01-2020, 02:15 PM   #1
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General question on battery and propane usage

First time pop up owner and have another question on battery and propane usage. I know there many variables to this question, but just trying to get an idea.


We will be using pop up for weekend use 2 -3 day max. Our camper has a refrigerator hot water heater and heat( we will not use heat)

How long does a 20 lb propane tank last running a refrigerator and water heater for morning showers?

And battery running overhead lights and phone charging, overhead fan, radio.. the very basics.

We will have a generator, but donít have any idea if being careful how long we could last with out it. Just looking for an idea...

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Old 03-01-2020, 02:30 PM   #2
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Your propane tank would last many weeks if you are only running a water heater and the fridge. Even a size 24 battery will last you 2-3 days if you aren't using a heater, which your pop up may or may not have.


Check the voltage of your battery in the morning when nothing is running. Use this chart to give you an idea what your SOC is.


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Old 03-01-2020, 02:36 PM   #3
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X2 with what Babock said. may even last longer then 3 days with careful use
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Old 03-01-2020, 03:09 PM   #4
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Most important thing you can do with a lead acid battery is to get it back fully charged as soon as possible. The longer it sits in a discharged state, the more sulfation that builds up. When you get home from your trip, immediately charge it back up.
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Old 03-01-2020, 03:20 PM   #5
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Thank you. I have the batter on a battery tender now. Came with a new deep cycle battery. We got by before in a tent with an jumper pack with a small inverter built in.

Here is another silly questions, what is this?
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Thank you. I have the batter on a battery tender now. Came with a new deep cycle battery. We got by before in a tent with an jumper pack with a small inverter built in.

Here is another silly questions, what is this?
Holding tank for your toilet.


You must have a cassette toilet.
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Old 03-01-2020, 03:40 PM   #7
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Thank you, you have been a a great help. Time to hit YouTube.

This should be so much better then our tent!
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Old 03-01-2020, 04:18 PM   #8
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just for some information, you could set up in the driveway for a few evenings and monitor how much battery you have used without actually going anywhere... as you said many variables, including your exact battery, your usage, how big of a generator and how long you run it... Are you planning on taking your genny on trips?

being in the driveway allows you some leeway and could provide you with some answers
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We are planing on setting it up in the yard and setting it up and getting it all working for a few days as practice and see how it all works. I would rather not haul the generator 3500 watt inverter if we can get by a day or 2 with out it.

Just watched a few videos on the cassette toilet. I was wondering how the system worked. Looks pretty simple.

I think it was a great $1100 investment. Besides the overhead lights and fan not working...everything to to be in top condition .
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When we had a popup, we could go 3-4 days on the battery with just fridge, water and lights. Replace any incandescent bulbs with LED, that will save a lot of battery power.
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Replace any incandescent bulbs with LED, that will save a lot of battery power.
Agree 100%. That's actually very important.
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Just remember that if you run the furnace through the night, all bets are off for a single battery.
The furnace is the biggest power drain on the battery.
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Since I'm assuming you bought this used, or the dealer would have trained you, check the date code on your tires. If they are older than 5 years old, replace them. Congrats on getting such a nice deal.
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As for the overhead lights and fan, that may be a wiring plug near one corner unplugged. It could also be the 'lowered' limit switch not making contact. It's usually in the kitchenette cabinet on the back side. It gets depressed and makes contact when you fold the sink up.
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General question on battery and propane usage

So much depends on outside temperature. Last winter I was snowed in and a 20-pound external tank would last only a couple of days as temps were in the 20s. Winter in AZ and the tank would last a month or more as night-time temps where anywhere from in the 40s to 50s. Can't say about batteries because I'm always hooked to electricity.
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check the date code on your tires. If they are older than 5 years old, replace them.
https://www.tirebuyer.com/education/...20year%202003.

YES... those small tires spin a lot more then your car tires and dry rot will destroy them on the road and put a big dent into your vacation...

It is not that expensive to put new ones on and not worry about what is going on behind your tow vehicle...

Great deal on the camper, most everyone comes from a popup beginning!
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x2 on the tires. Just replace them. I learned the hard way that even 3-year old popup tires are an issue. First, they blow easily. Second, they are not easy to find outside of larger towns/cities. Small-town tire shops don't carry them.
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Thank you all for the great replyís.. Iím on the same page with all of you. Led bulbs I have been looking at, I already bought 3 new tires. Will install closer to summer. They look new but 6 years old. I learned with owning many utility trailers.

I will check the corners for wires going to fan and ceiling lights and switch next time I open it.

We will have no need for the heat, this will only be for racing weekends in the summer. Once fall comes around we should still be good. Never had heat in the tent.

How can you tell the actual weight on the camper? It only shows GVWR of 3058
I was told 1650 but that seems a little light.



Thanks again!
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Thank you all for the great replyís.. Iím on the same page with all of you. Led bulbs I have been looking at, I already bought 3 new tires. Will install closer to summer. They look new but 6 years old. I learned with owning many utility trailers.

I will check the corners for wires going to fan and ceiling lights and switch next time I open it.

We will have no need for the heat, this will only be for racing weekends in the summer. Once fall comes around we should still be good. Never had heat in the tent.

How can you tell the actual weight on the camper? It only shows GVWR of 3058
I was told 1650 but that seems a little light.



Thanks again!
Should be a factory UVW weight sticker somewhere.
Since you haven't posted year and model of popup, nor is it in your profile, the factory weight sticker was inside a cabinet door, previous to 2008 or 2009. After that, it was located along the door frame or on an outside location.
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Sorry, it a 2006 2280
I will have to check in the cabinet.
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