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  • Steve&Tina
    Steve&Tina RV Repair Club:
    November 30, 2020Sorry about the repeats but I'm going to post this a couple places.
    I posted this once before and got a lot of advice about solar. I really have no use for solar but would like some advice about batteries.
    The closest I will probably ever get to boon dock...  more
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      Dawg House November 30, 2020 That's a tall order. Only lithium will stand up to that but 3 days is probably going to require a bank of them without solar keeping them charged. As for "My wife's idea of roughing it is slow room service", too funny!
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      RoadTrips November 30, 2020 Hi, can't give much advice on batteries - still wrapping my head around them myself! Here's a tip about posting tho; post once. Then click the "Share" icon at the bottom and select the groups you want to share with. ( I learned the hard way!) Good l...  more
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      Colin & Betty November 30, 2020 I have used a pair of 12 volt deep cycle in series on my last 3 RVs but in my new 5th wheel I have a 180amp solar panel on the roof to keep them up. Now on my previous RVs without solar the 2 batteries would last me 5 to 7 days on moderate use but I was n...  more
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      • Steve&Tina
        Colin & Betty November 30, 2020 Crap, I meant to say if you hook 2 12 volt batteries they must be parallel to maintain 12 volt and 6 volt hookup to be in series to give you 12 volt.
    • Steve&Tina
      Class C Couple November 30, 2020 This is an interesting question. We own a Class C and the batteries charge directly while we drive. We are considering changing to a travel trailer and I have wondered how people such as yourself handle this issue. I don't have personal experience, but fo...  more
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      Paul & Kay Legare November 30, 2020 Since you're moving each day you really only need power for 1 evening. As the batteries will recharge while driving. You will need to know the power draw of the fridge in amps @120v or watts. Add abou 15% for inverter loss. Factor in a duty cycle for the ...  more
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      John T November 30, 2020 Steve & Tina, great question, I will take your word for it that you have no use for solar and are only asking about batteries so will offer my advice based on that. 1) The fact you have a residential fridge GREATLY increases your dry ...  more
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        MartiL December 1, 2020 I'm following this conversation.  I'm a first timer and have posted on here and received many great answers.  I have 2 Deka Marine/RV Intimidator's. They are 12 volts each AGM extended life with 92 AH @ 20 Hr.  So if I understand correctly - it would take...  more
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        Cinn December 2, 2020 John T: You are the best. I learn so much from you. Have you considered giving a Virtual Get-Together on RV energy consumption & generation?
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      DownTheRoadAgain November 30, 2020 Since you need to charge mainly while driving and only need DC you may want to consider DC to DC charger to a lithium battery bank of 200 ah total. That way you can charge from the alternator while driving and have the needed regulation and starter batte...  more
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      bob& donna macintyre November 30, 2020 Or you could get one of those real efficient coolers (Yeti or similar) and only use the fridge when plugged in to shore power
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      Aussie Dog Dad November 30, 2020 I bring a portable generator when I am boondocking. I just use my deep cycle flooded batteries and charge as needed. I do like the idea of using one of those 12V coolers. I would need to add a 12V socket in the bed of my truck.
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      • Steve&Tina
        jim roulston December 3, 2020 The 12V coolers draw a lot of power good while driving but with out vehicle run ing could kill your battery
    • Steve&Tina
      Class C Couple December 1, 2020 Lots of comments and alternatives are posted here. If you dont'mind, I would like to know what you chose as a solution and how it worked for you. As I mentioned earlier, we are considering a Travel Trailer(TT) and need to sort out a solution for ourselves. Thx. 
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        Steve&Tina December 1, 2020 Have yet to decide. The reason I posted the question was hoping someone in a similar situation could tell me what they do. I definitely am not going solar. For the 8-21 days a year I would actually use it I cannot justify the cost. The other problem would...  more
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      John T December 1, 2020  Class C Couple, to your question "If you dont' mind, I would like to know what you chose as a solution and how it worked for you"  I'm a fellow 29 Ft Class C user who chose the option using solar and battery power TO RUN ALL EXCEPT A...  more
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      John T December 1, 2020 Steve and Tina, regarding your recent update "  I was hoping someone would say something like. “Install 2 lithium 100AH batteries and with daytime charging while driving you should be gold”.  Sorry, absent knowin...  more
    • Steve&Tina
      jim roulston December 2, 2020 Two deep cycle 6 volt batteries. Or 4 best choice. Honda 2000 gen you will never have a issue. I have 4 6 volt battles that charge on shore power or genny
    • Steve&Tina
      John T December 2, 2020 Yo MartiL, you ask "They are 12 volts each AGM extended life with 92 AH @ 20 Hr.  So if I understand correctly - it would take 40 hours to completely use up that power source.  Which that is DC, correct? " NOOOOOOO that's not the corr...  more
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      • Steve&Tina
        jim roulston December 4, 2020 Yes but the cost of the Litham batteries is almost twice plus the cost of the Litham charger. Might as well go solar and AGM.
    • Steve&Tina
      John T December 3, 2020 Yo MartiL  PS   I NEED TO CORRECT A TYPO I MADE ABOVE MY BAD GRRRRRRR LOL What I meant to say was if you had 92 Battery Amp Hours, if you had a huge current draw such as 100 amps YOU COULD NOT GET 0.92 HOURS OF USE (even though 100 x ...  more
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      • Steve&Tina
        MartiL December 5, 2020 Thank you - John T.  It is perplexing to me.  I copied and pasted into a word doc so I could read and digest your answer earlier in the day.  Been having a bit of issue with the internet here.  I'm definitely not an EE - so I will need to look up info to ...  more
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      Tom & Barb December 4, 2020 If you really want the ideal solution, 2 of the Lion Energy 105Ah batteries, with 210A of usable power would surely do the job between campgrounds.  They have a lifetime warranty, and need no venting at all, not to mention they weigh 22lbs each, whereas y...  more
    • Steve&Tina
      John T December 6, 2020 MartiL, let me respond top your latest update: 1)     I went to an RV place that told me the Inverter would not work with my battery load I have.        For every amp of 120 VAC an Inverters output uses (cof...  more
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      • Steve&Tina
        Steve&Tina December 6, 2020 Finally, the answer I have been looking for. Thank you Tom and Barb and thank you for the add on John. That is exactly the information I needed to make a decision. Much appreciated. Also this is the inverter I have in 1,000 watt and the only thing attache...  more
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