Originally Posted by Jmooney
For your first time out and dry camping, you need to be careful about power consumption. The furnace blower will take a huge toll on the battery.
On our first boondock to the beach (weekend in November), it was cold, damp, and even rained a tad. We ran the heater and had more lights on than planned when it was storming ~ and we ran the batteries so far down that the alarm went off at 5am on a very cold Sunday morning! I can laugh now, but at the time it was pretty scary - as the alarm blared, the dog launched herself unsuccessfully onto the bed. Groggy, I scrambled to get her leashed and us out of the TT while DH tried to figure-out what happened. Once he figured it all out, we realized we couldn't brew coffee, make breakfast, or run any hot water. Seemed like the only logical thing to do was pack-up and head home ... hungry and dirty, we were on the road by 8am ~ and you just can't pull a TT into a McDonalds parking lot for a cuppa! We survived, and now recall it as "what an experience". Lesson learned?? Conserve power if you don't have a generator, and buy one or two for the future!