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Old 06-16-2015, 10:00 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the input guys. I think what I am going to do is try it with the one battery for now. I have the CD player "off" (pulled the fuse) and turned off the TV booster. TV is unplugged. I have a battery powered lantern for light. Plan to use the water pump sparingly and make sure the power is still connected to the truck when I put out the slide. If it looks like I am running out of power the afternoon of the second day I'll just go into the nearby town and buy another battery. Hope I don't have to do that.
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Old 06-17-2015, 11:08 AM   #12
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Did I hear you say the FRIDGE was running from the battery? I know it needs 12v to operate the electronics but make sure the fridge main cooling is running on propane. Just throwing that out there because on 12v the fridge will kill almost any battery in less than a day!
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Old 06-17-2015, 04:09 PM   #13
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Thanks Ronstar. My fridge is 110 or Propane. It was running on propane, just the control circuit was using the battery.
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:02 PM   #14
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I have added a second battery on all of my travel trailers and fifth wheels - that would get me through a weekend of camping - with the use of the furnace. Batteries are fully charged before I leave for the trip.

With all of the "DC" stuff - one will not be enough for me. I even used an inverter to power the TV and DVD player on our last fifth wheel.
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Old 06-24-2015, 02:32 PM   #15
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Update

Well, we got into Mesa Verde with the battery fully charged and the only drain on the battery that I knew of was the fridge control circuit and the LP sniffer. We never turned on a light or used the water pump. After the first night the battery was still showing fully charged so I figured we would make it through the next night. However, coming back to camp after viewing the ruins, the batter showed almost completely discharged! I had to connect to the truck and give it a little "boost" to make it through the second night.

Camper next to me had installed 2 golf cart batteries, a complete monitoring system and a nice solar panel. The control panel had led displays that showed the per-cent of battery charge, current draw, voltage and other information selectable from a switch. Very nice system, but probably more than I would need for the amount of "dry camping" I plan to do. I will likely buy another battery and a solar charging panel, but that will be about it. For now, we are in a state park in Oklahoma with water and electricity and the A/C going full blast.
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For now, we are in a state park in Oklahoma with water and electricity and the A/C going full blast.
..... and being a good Sailor, I just know that there is a "cold-one" within reach! ... Happy Trails
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and being a good Sailor, I just know that there is a "cold-one" within reach! ... Happy Trails
But of course...
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...After the first night the battery was still showing fully charged so I figured we would make it through the next night. However, coming back to camp after viewing the ruins, the batter showed almost completely discharged! .....
This is strange, and should warrant some troubleshooting. If the battery was fully charged when you left in the morning, but was almost dead when you came back, I'm guessing late in the day, then that is not normal!
If you only ran the LP sniffer and the fridge control circuit, then you should have been still almost fully charged. Those two devices together use about the energy of a transistor radio. So you either have some unknown draw on the circuit, or the battery itself cannot hold a charge. Or, running on "trickle" from the converter for so long, the battery has no "deep cycle" available, it's all just surface charge.
Since you are in the market for a second battery, buy one, and use it to replace the first. Try doing the same thing. If it runs down, you have a circuit drawing power. If it holds up, then take your old battery back for a core return on the one you just bought. Then you're back to one, but new and good, battery. Then you can buy a second battery when you are ready, perhaps when you buy that solar charger! Good luck!
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Or, running on "trickle" from the converter for so long, the battery has no "deep cycle" available, it's all just surface charge.
That may well be the case. I have been keeping the rig on "shore power" when at home. I did have the battery tested, but I don't think the test is able to tell if the battery has a deep cycle available.
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How many AH is your battery?

I installed a battery monitor as its great to see how much draw various electronics, lights, etc. draw. If you haven't moved to LED lights, it's a great way to lower the drain for when you are in the trailer.
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