Originally Posted by Tbeuler
Hey everyone I am going boondocking for the first time and I was going to purchase a generator. I will not be using the generator to power the TT which is 26BH jayfeather but to charge the batteries so I can use the refridgerator maybe a light or two at night. For the most part we will not be using anything else. I have heard of people using there TV to charge the batteries. I would honestly rather have a generator. The battery is a Interstate deep cycle with 550 Cold crank amps. I would love everyones input so please feel free to help me because I am so lost!!
This will work for you
1) Honda or Yamaha generator, at least ie2000
2) Adapter to connect your 30amp plug to a 110 standard plug
3) Run the generator plugged into your shoreline plug, this will charge your batteries using the onboard charger. (yes, your trailer will have an onboard charger/converter)
4) Don't worry about shutting off any of the rest of the items in your trailer, you won't have enough to run the airconditioner, maybe or maybe not the microwave, otherwise all your 12 volt items will continue to operate under batter power while it is charging (water pump, furnace fan, fridge on propane, water heater circuit using propane, all lights etc.)
5) If you plan on boondocking, the battery you have listed is a very poor choice, anything with listed CCA (cold cranking amps) is not designed for RV trailers, rather the CCA is designed to start an engine. You would be better served to pull that battery, buy two deep cycle RV batteries. This will last through the night even using your furnace, - recharge in the morning for 2-4 hours.