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Old 05-26-2010, 05:31 AM   #1
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I am doing some dry camping for a long weekend next month. I have a 26' Zinger and would like to be able to run a few lights and maybe the TV for maybe an hour or 2at night. I was looking into generators but am curious is anybody has a dual battery setup on their rig. If so how long can you go on a charge? Or for that matter how long can you run on a single batteries charge. I might be running the fresh water pumpas wellbut dont have to. Any insight you can give would be greatly appreciated.





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Old 05-26-2010, 06:03 AM   #2
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A good battery $100 A generator from Tractor Supply $300 Our single battery will last about 24 hrs but we try not to use much.

We now have the generator that can be used for so many other things, But that being said there are a lot of places that will not allow these noise machines and if you did a lot of this type of camping the duel battery set up would be nice I'm sure.
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Started out with a single deep cycle marine battery on my ST30BH. Made it from Friday evening until mid Sunday morning. Just ran necessary lights and the water pump as necessary for toilet and dish water, no shower used. You mentioned a TV, I assume it is a 12volt, no 110 while on battery .
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I have 2 6Vs and can run a full weekend with the meter showing only 1/2 drained. I don't run an inverter, so only 12V.
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My background is boating. We avoided gen sets for a lot of reasons.

I used two big marine deep cycles. One would run a 12 cu/ft refidge for 8 hoursusing an inverter. I would think a TV would use less amps.

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The camper already has a charger/inverter on it. So the battery is being charged while plugged in at a camp ground or hooked to the truck. Also I can run anything on 110 and not have a problem. Of course when trying to conserve power it would be used sparring. My other thought would be to hook up the truck and run it for 1/2 hour a day or something.
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We have two 6-volt Trojan T105's and we can dry camp for about 5 days. The uses are water pump, lights & frig control panel. I have small movable solar path lights that we use as night lights. We do not watch tv while dry camping.
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