Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×
Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-22-2021, 08:58 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: San Antonio
Posts: 1,244
Generator in tow vehicle to charge battery while travelling

More theoretical than practical but my new TV has a 2,000 watt generator (not just an inverter) on board in the bed. Iíve plugged in a battery charger and ran it to the battery as a test and it charged fine. Iíve also used an adapter and plugged in the TT and everything except the AC ran just fine. But, I love to tinker and think of worse case scenarios.

It seems like I could run the charger cables to the TT battery from the charger while traveling and do a full charge. It would deliver more charge than the seven pin would supply on its own. Iím thinking itís not much different than a class A running the genny while moving.

Thoughts?
__________________
2017 JayFlight 21QB
2021 Ford F150 SCrew 3.5 Eco, 157Ē, 3.55, Tow Pkg
TaftCoach is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2021, 10:44 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Location: Whitby
Posts: 238
What TV
billcf7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2021, 10:57 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Camper_bob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: South Texas
Posts: 6,914
Quote:
Originally Posted by billcf7 View Post
What TV
+1

That's pretty neat!

I don't see any problem with it. So long as you don't have wires obstructing anything, dragging the ground, etc. Actually sounds like a pretty good plan IMO.

If I were working it, I might try to see if I could find a way to plug it into the shore power while under way. That way your on-board converter/charger could handle the battery bank, and you could potentially run something else inside the rig, like the fridge, or whatever else...
__________________

-2018 Greyhawk 29MV
-2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (JLU) (Primary Toad)
-1994 Jeep Wrangler YJ (Secondary Toad)
-2014 Jay Flight 28BHBE & Ram 2500 6.4L CC 4x4 (sold)
Camper_bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2021, 10:58 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: San Antonio
Posts: 1,244
2021 F150 ProPower On Board

https://www.ford.com/cmslibs/content...er_SP_C113.pdf
__________________
2017 JayFlight 21QB
2021 Ford F150 SCrew 3.5 Eco, 157Ē, 3.55, Tow Pkg
TaftCoach is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2021, 11:01 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: San Antonio
Posts: 1,244
Quote:
Originally Posted by Camper_bob View Post
+1

That's pretty neat!

I don't see any problem with it. So long as you don't have wires obstructing anything, dragging the ground, etc. Actually sounds like a pretty good plan IMO.

If I were working it, I might try to see if I could find a way to plug it into the shore power while under way. That way your on-board converter/charger could handle the battery bank, and you could potentially run something else inside the rig, like the fridge, or whatever else...
I considered it. Routing the power cable securely was the issue.
__________________
2017 JayFlight 21QB
2021 Ford F150 SCrew 3.5 Eco, 157Ē, 3.55, Tow Pkg
TaftCoach is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2021, 08:31 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
JimD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Inland Empire, California
Posts: 1,250
Do you really need all that extra charging while travelling? If the battery is fully charged before you leave and is getting a charge though the connector while driving, it should not be drained unless you have a lot of current draw in the rig.

Why not just fire up the generator for a short period when you arrive to top off the battery?
__________________
Jim

Retired electronic technician (45 years in the field)
2017 Greyhawk 29W
solar & many other mods
wife (maybe I should have given her top billing)
JimD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2021, 04:45 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: San Antonio
Posts: 1,244
In your scenario you mentioned we would not need to charge.

We usually boondock and recharge during the day with solar. So we may have been without hookups for a couple days or longer and leaving in the morning at 60 or 70% charge and will not be on hookups the following night. My solar will generally bring me up while driving along with the trickle. But as we know there are limits with solar.

Admittedly the chances of truly needing this are slim. And it's possible to run the vehicle's generator at the end of the drive. But if I could achieve the charging while the truck is already running it avoids having to idle the truck another hour or two after finishing the drive. It's all about being prepared and that little bit of Macgyver in all of us lol
__________________
2017 JayFlight 21QB
2021 Ford F150 SCrew 3.5 Eco, 157Ē, 3.55, Tow Pkg
TaftCoach is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
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


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Jayco, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:18 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.