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Old 02-06-2012, 09:07 PM   #1
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dry camping with generator?

Hi all,

I plan on dry camping for the majority of the summer. My TT (exp 29a) has a queen bed that slides out the back end of it. I'm planning on purchasing a Honda EU1000i genny for our dry camping needs (no A/C needed).

I am wondering if the 1000 watt genny will have enough power to extend our slide If anyone here has any comments about this set-up or if anyone has used a 1000w to extend their slides, please advise me if it has worked or not.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:04 PM   #2
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A Honda 1000 will keep your batteries up with no problem. It is your batteries that power the slide. The Honda 1000 is a good choice if you don't need ac or microwave. It will charge your batteries, run the refrigerator, all your lights and a tv and disc player. In fact it will run two trailers.
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I agree. 1000W will keep the batteries up, sip gas and have some leftover for lite electronic use. Might get your micro going but only if the only draw at that time.

I would reccommend to add another battery if you havent already so you can go longer periods of time without constantly having to run the genny. It would open up the inverter option for night time TV or laptop usage.

Just seach batteries on this forum and you will have pages to dig through for reccomendations.
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Thanks guys, I appreciate it.

I always thought that once I plug into shore power that the battery no longer powered most things. Why is that when I remove my battery and plug into shore power I can still operate my slides?

So, with a 1000w genny I should be fine?
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Thanks guys, I appreciate it.

I always thought that once I plug into shore power that the battery no longer powered most things. Why is that when I remove my battery and plug into shore power I can still operate my slides?

So, with a 1000w genny I should be fine?
Yes, when you plug into shore power, the converter takes over. If your battery is in and cabled up, it also gets charged while on shore power.
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Old 02-07-2012, 10:23 AM   #6
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1000W Honda is a good choice because if you ever want to double your power you can tie 2 in parrallel together with the Honda tie. Then you would have 2K. They are light weight and easily stowed. If you want to go to a 2K Honda the same is true of going to 4K with another unit in the future.

I run a 3K Yahmaha Genny/Inverter with the Boost option. 3.3K for limited period. It runs my 15K AC and converter should I opt while boondocking. AC's need between 1.3-2K to work. Downside is it's a heavy unit, but it mounts on my bike rack nicely.

As mentioned above your converter is powering all 12V systems while plugged in regardless of battery connection. Be careful though if it's on while the battery is out as those leads are live and could short your entire converter out if you hit the frame or worse each other.

Before hooking up your battery again you should unplug or throw the main first.
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Thanks guys, I appreciate it.

I always thought that once I plug into shore power that the battery no longer powered most things. Why is that when I remove my battery and plug into shore power I can still operate my slides?

So, with a 1000w genny I should be fine?
Ahhh it is really not a good idea to remove the battery.... leave it in and just make sure to check the water once a month and top off with distilled water only...
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Thanks everyone!
To tell you the truth about the battery not being hooked up, I've only done that once and after I did some research on this site, I realized that it's not a good idea. So, thanks to this site, I no longer remove the battery while having shore power plugged in.
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Your slide motor is a 12 volt.
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Thanks guys, I appreciate it.

I always thought that once I plug into shore power that the battery no longer powered most things. Why is that when I remove my battery and plug into shore power I can still operate my slides?

So, with a 1000w genny I should be fine?
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.
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