Jayco RV Owners Forum

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-13-2011, 08:58 AM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 6
7 nights in Colorado - propane/battery ?

We are going to Rocky Mountain Ntl Park on Friday and will be there for a week. We do not have power hook up. We have two toddlers so will need to run the furnance all night to keep them warm. Few questions:

Any ideas of what i can expect for battery life? We won't be using much other electrical except the fridge running on gas, and the propane sensors obviously.

How long does the 7 pin cord take to recharge the battery from the vehicle?

Any tips on keeping my battery charged? thanks


WannaBeMountainMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2011, 09:27 AM   #2
Senior Member
Tyreguy's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: The Land of Lincoln.
Posts: 174
Might want to repost this question in the "Boondocking" forum- lots of seasoned vets when it comes to camping on the bare essentials.

They do manufacture solar 'trickle chargers' to help keep/maintain a charge during the daylight hours, but they are not meant to completely charge a dead battery.

Camping is just a relaxing way to practice for being homeless. :Flag:

2009 JKU TV (Its a Jeep thing...you wouldn't understand!)
2000 Quest 8U PUP
Tyreguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2011, 11:02 AM   #3
Senior Member
Seann45's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Saskatoon Sask Canada
Posts: 8,764
Not knowing the amp hour of your battery I will generalize here..
The best you can expect is 3 days MAX on the battery. Charging I would guess about 2 hours... if you have jumper cables probably faster... Harbor freight has a 3 or 4 Solar panel setup that puts out 60 watts... these will not recharge your batteries during the day but will extend how long you can stay out... for a modest price.
2004 Chev Silverado Duramax optioned past the max. 2009 Jayco Eagle 308 RLS 765 watts of solar, 6-6 volt batteries (696 amp hour), 2000 watt (4000 surge) whole house inverter.
140 days boondocking in 2016
211/2015, 196/14, 247/13, 193/12

Seann45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2011, 03:06 PM   #4
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Northeastern IL
Posts: 15
we spent 7 nights in CO earlier this summer boondocking as well. it was quite cold at night at 10,000 ft, so our furnace was on quite a bit. We got 2 nights on the initial charge - but barely. The furnace stopped coming on at about 6am the second night/morning.

After that we didn't take chances - we hooked jumper cables up from the truck to the trailer battery & let the truck run & charge the battery for around 45 min each night around supper. wasn't a big hassle & gave me peace of mind.

My brother had a large solar panel on his trailer, but he ended up using jumper cables as well. we were nestled into the pines without enough direct sunlight.
ringneck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2011, 01:43 PM   #5
Junior Member
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: ohio valley
Posts: 29
When we had our pup we stayed 14000 ft above sea level in colo. up from lagarita colo.We used solar panel and worked fine,we didnt use lights much.we used lanterns and batt,lights,We had plenty of power for furnace,We didnt have no water or electric or no acess to it.No cell phone signals or tv reception.loved it.
logan262 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2011, 08:22 PM   #6
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 81
See the thread titled "Dry camping: will battery power be enough?" Lots of great info from experienced dry campers there.
Rapidly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2011, 04:40 PM   #7
Join Date: May 2011
Location: North Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 70
Dont forget the propane

In a week at those temps keeping the ******s toasty you may kill a full bottle. I know my wife and I did in ~ 5 days and 8500 in snow.. Ran out of gas. Agree 2 days possibly 3 if you have a nearly new battery is all you can expect.

If your going to do much of that swap the lights for LED bulbs. And consider the soalr pannel / generator or even a spare battery that you cna charge while driving arround.

Great park! We will be south of you down at Pagosa Sprinngs wiht a full hook up on the river next week ... Did our popup time now its time to enjoy a hard sided trailer ( thrid trip in it)..
26RLS with Dodge RAM 1500
Flytyer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2011, 12:54 PM   #8
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Merrimack NH
Posts: 781
WannaBeMountainMan-- 2 things to be sure of, 1. is your Battery fully charged when to depart.2. Is the wire ,for the battery charging circuit, connected in the tv fuse box. Some manufactures do not connect that wire at the factory so it must be connected by you or a mechanic. Larry
Larry & Rachel Demers 2010 19H, 1999 F250 std cab 5.4, Auto, 4:10's 4x4
19H F250 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2011, 02:53 PM   #9
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 6
Made It

Things worked well. We only ran the furnance at low settings. Didn't use a full bottle of propane and the battery lasted us till 5 days. we pulled the fuse during the day so we didn't have any draw. Plus we hung space blankets at the end of each bunk so we only heated the main area where the little ones slept. Great trip and stayed comfortable. got to 24 one night and everyone did well. Off to plan another trip!
WannaBeMountainMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2011, 10:06 AM   #10
Senior Member
Terry's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Germantown, TN
Posts: 4,923
That is awesome. That was some really good battery conservation.

2009 Jayco 26BH
2004 Chevy Silverado 1500
2009 JayFlight Manual Library

Want to add a signature to your posts? --> Click Here
Terry is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:33 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.