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Old 02-11-2012, 09:14 PM   #11
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I use my 23B in the shop all winter long for sleeping on weekends when I work midnights. The battery is removed and stored in the heated portion of the shop and I plug the TT into the wall to provide lights, radio, slide, etc. inside. As long as the battery cables aren't touching each other or the frame of the trailer you're good. The converter will run all the 12V stuff when the battery is removed and you're plugged into shore power.
This raises an interesting question for me. Has anyone seen where a battery bank that is severely discharged could out draw a 1000W generator just in charging? If so, how big was the battery bank?

I have 220 a/h of battery, but don't yet know how much they can pull when in deep need of power. Adding the high draw of the slide during this early charging "might" overrun a little 1000W generator.

Of course if that happened, a battery disconnect "jump starting" the trailer from the tow vehicle would get you out of trouble..

Just thinking out loud here...

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Old 02-12-2012, 09:30 AM   #12
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Battery charging cannot overdraw a 1000 watt genny... besides anything capable of doing that would boil the batteries dry in no time flat... most converters are rated at 45 amp max...
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Don't know why I didn't think of doing the math.

12V @ 45A (max) = 540 Watts

Even with some AC to DC conversion loss there is plenty of headroom....

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Old 02-25-2012, 11:08 PM   #14
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1000 watt Genny will give you about 750 - 800 watts continuous. 1000 watts peak Get yourself at least 2000 watts. 3500 if you want to run the AC
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:17 AM   #15
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Westerncabuck, I already have a 3650 Genny for the A/C, I was just looking for something smaller and quieter for daytime use in the high elevations of AZ.

Thanks for everyones input, I found a used honda 1000w genny for $200, a great deal to say the least. I will let you all know how it worked out for us.
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That is a good buy ChopShop.
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Old 03-17-2012, 05:18 PM   #17
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I use a 3500 watt Champion generator we bought for 299 bux.
It is 200cc engine, 4 gallon gas tank.
We originally bought it when we lived on a farm because the power would go out a lot.
When we bought out camper, we take it dry camping.
It is enough power to get the A/C going, coffee maker and everything else. (Not all at once of course!)
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On my trailer setup I use a Progressive Dynamics PD9260C Converter/charger 60AMP and I dont think the 1KW Honda generator would be enough to operate this converter to re-charge my battery bank. I think my converter/charger is rated at 1000W or something close to that. I use the 2KW Honda generator to run my 30AMP Shore Power cable trailer connection when camping off the power grid to re-charge my battery bank in as little as 2-3hours of generator run time.

The 1KW generator should be enough to run a 45AMP converter/charger unit. You might check your converter/charger unit and see how many amps it is rated at. This is one thing you will want to do when camping off the power grid is to re-charge your batteries. Your converter/charger however will be required to be a smart-mode charger to be able to re-charge the batteries in a short 2-3 hour generator run time period.
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