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  • AllieRambles
    AllieRamblesBoondockers:
    December 5, 2020Question. While boondocking, why is it necessary to run a generator all day? I’ve seen it summer and now winter. Is it to power the refrigerator? Necessary medical devices?
    My class C Minnie doesn’t need the generator on unless I need AC, microwave - big...  more
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      Leo Flott " the other one " December 5, 2020 Some just can't cut the cord . Or need more solar power !
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        AllieRambles December 5, 2020 What is being powered? TV? Laptop?
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      Paul Knapp December 5, 2020 We do a lot of boondocking and only use the generator to fire up the coffee maker and charge our cell phones. We may occasionally watch a movie. Other than that, our batteries take care of everything else.
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        AllieRambles December 5, 2020 Priorities - coffee. I love it!
        I do the same - charge my devises and I’ll microwave something too while it’s on.
        Thanks. I’m just curious about generators still.
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      TheJudyinPDX December 5, 2020 It's odd to run a generator non-stop while boondocking. The only things I can imagine are a/c, electric heaters or medical devices, unless they installed a residential fridge. I park as far from them as possible.
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        AllieRambles December 5, 2020 I try to park away as well. I once parked in a beautiful spot in Colorado near the San Juan River. My neighbor had this huge external gen running all day. They even had a trailer with a bunch of gas tanks. They had a big fifth wheel so maybe had a ...  more
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      smithpv December 5, 2020 When boondocking we fire up the gen in the morning to make coffee and get the batteries up a little. Then doesn't run during the day unless there it is cold and cloudy then may need it to charge up for the heater. At night just a little while to top off t...  more
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        AllieRambles December 5, 2020 Thanks. Since I’m new I wanted to get a feel of what’s normal while boondocking.
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        Leo Flott " the other one " December 5, 2020 Unwritten rule for boondocking generator use is 0600 to 2200 hours . Quiet time is 2200 to 0600 no gennies . Unless an emergency arises .
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      Suzan and Art December 5, 2020 We camped one year with the amateur radio operators in Q and many there ran generators to run their sets.  After that we parked away from them and visited as we wished.
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      Jean & Paul (jpmanni) December 5, 2020 We run it in the morning for coffee (after quiet time is over). Depending where we are, we have run it in the afternoon for the ac, but only if needed
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      Steve & Debi December 5, 2020 I can only assume that it has a lot to do with the amount of batteries and the condition we run our generator in the morning to bring the batteries up and in the evening before we go to bed to bring them up and we can watch TV all day run a heater no air ...  more
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      Jim & Sharon Ham December 5, 2020 Excess generator noise is one of our pet rants that causes disagreements between camping neighbors.  We especially dislike the "contractor" open frame generators that can be heard for a mile....and then the operators turn up the volume on the boom box to ...  more
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        smithpv December 5, 2020 We check the weather. If we are going to need to run air all day then we find a place with shower power.
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        AllieRambles December 5, 2020 I once parked in a beautiful spot in Colorado near the San Juan River. My neighbor had this huge external gen running all day. They even had a trailer with a bunch of gas tanks. They had a big fifth wheel so maybe had a residential fridge. The prob...  more
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      BK December 5, 2020 Like most boondockers we only run the gen for an hour or two to run A/C appliances or for a battery charge. When I get my 400W of solar hooked up we should be able to reduce even that.
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      Diana & Michael December 5, 2020 I have a modest solar system and rarely need my generator. Neighbors running generators non stop is my biggest problem with boondocking. Goodness knows why they need to do that, but it’s always somebody or several somebodies. I’ve packed up and left numer...  more
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      rick&dee December 5, 2020 We run ours 3-4 hours a day to re-charge house batteries. try to run it 10 am 2-3 pm
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      Chatham Adventurers December 5, 2020 We have 2 Agm batteries for this years trip. Last year we had one battery and we ran the quiet portable generator for an hour in the morning and for an hour before bed. Hopefully, this year we can run it for 30 minutes twice a day. Oh, we bought a portab...  more
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      Jim and Jan Hollis December 5, 2020 OK - good points above.  We had our Norcold (never cold) huge four-door refrigerator go out and put an ammonia cloud in our entire coach one night about 11:30 p.m.. Thanks to God we were out with friends and came back to find this!  We could have been DEA...  more
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      Matt & Mary December 5, 2020 If someone thinks he has to run a generator all day, he should start with a spread sheet and figure out what the real demands are.  If things don't line up, he needs to get a real battery monitor and make changes to his systems so things work the way that...  more
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      Fred & Sandra December 5, 2020 They may have have batteries in very poor condition and the generator was the only way around it.... just another possibility 😁
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      Kat Smothermam December 6, 2020 Hi Allie, I'm relating to a curious mind😊My guess would be the propane side of the fridge went out. Stay curious✌
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      Cinn December 7, 2020 Without a battery monitor (which no RVs come with) they probably don't even know if their batteries need charging or not, so they just run the generator all the time. Or maybe they have poor "hybrid" batteries (Interstate brand, which comes with all RVs a...  more
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        AllieRambles December 7, 2020 Thanks Cinn. This makes sense.

        And omg! I never thought about just pouring hot water into my coffee maker. I have a French press for now but may buy a coffee maker again.
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        Cinn December 7, 2020 Coffee tastes much better out of a French press!
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        Dallas & Tammy December 8, 2020 We have an all electric coach that has a factory battery management system. We set it to start when batteries are low and shut off when charged. 8 AGM’s with a 3000 inverter/charger. We make coffee etc in the morning when charging etc. e we set for quiet ...  more
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        Cinn December 8, 2020 @Dallas & Tammy: Sounds like a nice system, but 8AGMs? That's a lot of weight! May have been less expensive to go Lithium for that much AH, certainly lighter weight.
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