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  • wannabervin
    wannabervin Boondockers:
    January 31, 2019Looking for recommendations for voltage meter to monitor battery charge.
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    • wannabervin
      RV Medic (Solar) January 31, 2019 The two best are Victron BMS 712 and Bogart engineering Trimetric 2030. I have installed both and they give you more info about your batteries than you can handle.
      Voltage, amps in and out, state of charge, and running history.
    • wannabervin
      Charles & Donna January 31, 2019 I agree with Tom and Lois. I installed a Victron BMV-712 Smart  in our MH. It's great!
    • wannabervin
      Dawg House January 31, 2019 I use one that was an option with my solar MPPT charger. It's a Bluetooth device and I run it from my tablet. Nice to see what's happening real-time and also have historical monthly data to view what is going on.
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      • wannabervin
        RV Medic (Solar) February 2, 2019 Kevin & Lonnie, what brand is your meter?
      • wannabervin
        Dawg House February 2, 2019 [insert sigh here] ... As with most of our basics this one was bottom of the line out of Walmart. I use an Etek 10709 Digital Multimeter ( http://rving.website/index.php/journal/gadgets/3172-etek-digital-multimeter ). That was before I installed the sol...  more
      • wannabervin
        RV Medic (Solar) February 2, 2019 Checking voltage is a very poor way of monitoring the batteries. Voltage can be a fairly accurate indicator of state of charge if the batteries are at rest (no load and no charging). But a resting state is almost never the case in an RV. You may have comp...  more
      • wannabervin
        TheClearyClan February 2, 2019 To confirm what Tom and Lois posted. We leave our rig in the campsite we pay for on a seasonal basis. If we leave it for a couple of weeks without turning off the battery disconnect switch the battery will be dead. As soon as I turn ...  more
    • wannabervin
      Charles & Donna February 2, 2019 The  Victron BMV-712 Smart is also a Bluetooth device.  www.victronenergy.com/battery-monitors/bmv-712-smart  Some people don't even mount the display in a visable location and just use the VictronConnect app on thier phone, tablet,...  more
    • wannabervin
      Dawg House February 2, 2019 I'll have to investigate a monitor that can give information on amps although seems to me the entire issue is really relative. Load or no load, as long as you are watching with some regularity, which is key to understanding anything that's always in some...  more
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      • wannabervin
        RV Medic (Solar) February 2, 2019 I compare it to taking off cross country with no fuel gauge. Trying to guess the level in the tank by shining a flashlight into the fill spout.
        You just don’t miss what you have never had.
    • wannabervin
      wannabervin February 2, 2019 This all sound really complex. I just want to see what happens to my two batteries, that came with the rig, if I run my residential refrigerator and propane furnace (electric fan) overnight.
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      • wannabervin
        RV Medic (Solar) February 4, 2019 I can tell you from experience that running a residential refrigerator and furnace overnight on RV/marine hybrid standard issue batteries will result in mortally wounded batteries and possibly spoiled food in the fridge. This is assuming that you are in a...  more
    • wannabervin
      Dawg House February 2, 2019 I think what everyone is sharing is that it is complex. Understanding what your needs are and when you're exceeding them is key. You'll need to see what the amp rating is on the frig and furnace and what your batteries provide. Regular 12 volt Marine ba...  more
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      • wannabervin
        TheClearyClan February 2, 2019 We spent a night in a rest area next to a Class-A that was very lit up with a big screen TV going. I suspect they had a residential refrigerator and running a lot off the batteries through an inverter. About every 10 minutes their generator would kick in ...  more
      • wannabervin
        Dawg House February 3, 2019 I always wondered how the RV industry managed to make the move from a propane frig to a residential frig unless they are always optional. Seems it would limit you to camping in parks with utilities or be an expensive proposition outside of one. Almost a...  more
    • wannabervin
      Nomadic Souls February 6, 2019 I'm moving from boating to RVing. I have lived on the boat for 12 years. During that time I have spent 4 to 6 months at a time anchored out (boondocking). House batteries consisted of 2 banks of 4, 6 volt golf cart batteries. I use The TriMetric, mod. 202...  more
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