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!!
Please accept this post as trying to be helpful. No one on this forum, or a product customer service representative, can answer those questions because the answers are dependent on information we don't have. Genreators are sold by the amount of watts they produce. If you just want to use it to power a battery charger, find out how many watts the charger needs to run.
IMO your battery doesn't have the capacity (based on CCA) to operate the devices you want to use for a "useable length of time". Your battery will discharge quickly using lights and the water pump, and it will take hours to recharge. If you buy a bigger battery, it will last longer. But it will take more time and power to recharge it. One of the posters recently mentioned he outfitted his new TT with a Group 31 battery. Look that one up online. You probably can get by with less (I do), but that sure would be nice to have. And once again, when that battery needs to be recharged, it takes a powerful charger several hours to do it.
You might want to figure how many amp hours you need based on your appliances and useage (it's going to take some reading) and buy a battery that will provide it. Next, get a charger that will recharge your battery(s) as quickly as possible (more reading) without burning it up. Then you can buy a generator that will make it all happen.
It's not difficult to figure out, but it does take some time to research the electrical terms and their applications. The real benefit is you will have what you need and didn't have to pay for extra capacity.
I would never buy a battery from a sales rep who couldn't thoroughly explain "amp hours". But it's only half the answer. You need to know how many amps your appliances / devices need to run, and how long you are going to use them. The published list of those figures are accurate enough for starters.
You're using the right approach. The posters on this forum will provide excellent answers when you narrow your questions. "Search" this forum and you will see some of the things people have done to make their dry camping experiences more comfortable. It's important that you take the same steps so your setup works for you.