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Old 01-26-2015, 07:52 PM   #1
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We're taking the family from Ohio to Yellowstone and back this summer. Many of the well rated campsites out there do not have hookups. I do have a generator but was wondering what exactly I could power off the battery and truck without using the generator. I know the lights will run fine for hours. I don't expect to be able to run the A/C. What about the water pump from the fresh water tank? Can anyone give me a good idea of what I could run and for how long? I appreciate it, thanks!
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Old 01-26-2015, 10:47 PM   #2
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Everything will run with the exception of the A/C. You will have to run the water heater in LP mode. With a good battery you should last a few days if you don't use the furnace much. The fan seems to draw a lot in my opinion. The water pump will work fine however a bit noisy in some rigs. You can use the generator for a few hours each day to charge the battery unless there is a noise restriction for the campground.
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Old 01-27-2015, 12:32 AM   #3
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Have fun on your trip. Did some dry camping last year and the battery lasted a couple of days. Yours should last as long as you don't run the furnace too much, and make sure your fridge is on gas. I forgot and left it on battery and the fridge sucked the battery dry in a couple of hours.
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Old 01-27-2015, 05:21 AM   #4
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The microwave will not run either. The fridge and hwt will run on propane, of course the stove and furnace do as well.
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Old 01-27-2015, 05:22 AM   #5
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Have fun on your trip. Did some dry camping last year and the battery lasted a couple of days. Yours should last as long as you don't run the furnace too much, and make sure your fridge is on gas. I forgot and left it on battery and the fridge sucked the battery dry in a couple of hours.
Your fridge will run on battery? Ours won't. It's either shore power or propane.
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Old 01-27-2015, 06:00 AM   #6
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A 3 way means propane, 120VAC and 12VDC, while 2 way is just propane and 120VAC.
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you can also grab a solar panel and toss it on the roof and attach to battery when at a campground,as long as there is sun,to trickle the battery while you are exploring by vehicle. use lights sparingly . we very rarely have hookups and never had a problem. You can also add an extra battery if you have room . or look inside your engine compartment and there may be a spot for a 2nd batt. keep a charged one there for a spare.
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Also something to keep in mind. If you will be moving around and not parked in one campground for an extended period, the camper battery should get recharged by the truck when you are moving.

You should be able to run everything except the micro wave and the AC.
Tv will need a inverter. Fridge and water heater on LP.
Furnace is the biggest draw, about 8.5 amps. Batteries definitely don't like it.
Have fun, it's a very memorable area.
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The solar battery charger is a good idea in between spurts of recharging with your generator a little each day
(but don't be THAT guy disturbing everyone around you with a generator running too long please)

You might also consider swapping out the bulbs to LED's...
will reduce the battery drain 10 fold ....
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What Lloyd said.
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