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Old 06-25-2013, 01:01 AM   #11
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This is good information, as I would like to try camping at unserviced sights, and we have wondered about how long things last. There must be a good book about how best to use your systems when boon docking... If not... Please write one!
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:33 PM   #12
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Really?? What's the issue here?? Just give it a go and see how you do. If you're concerned double up with a 2 12V or couple two 6v batteries. You're not going to run down your battery overnight to a degree that a drive the next day won't bring it up to a decent level until you get to where you can hook up to shore power. I have dry camped for up to 5 days on a single battery charge [twin 12v setup]. The worst that you can do is run your battery down.

I have dry camped for 13 days on one battery, a single 12 volt group 31 battery that was not recharged. I have many years of dry camping experience. The issue here is that the poster is driving most of the way and then stopping for the rest of the night. The drive the next day will not be very long. The TV is not a great battery charger. The battery is 3 years old (guessing because the trailer is a 2010). Also guessing is is a group 24, what a dealer usually includes with a trailer. Depending on how long the trip is going to be the battery may or may not last. The big deal is once the battery is dead 1. It has been over discharged and that will reduce the life of the battery 2. It would not be fun to have your refrigerator not work at the beach 3. No water pump 4. No fans 5. No lights 6. No propane detector/co detector and the nasty screach when it is loosing power.
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:28 PM   #13
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I have dry camped for 13 days on one battery, a single 12 volt group 31 battery that was not recharged. I have many years of dry camping experience. The issue here is that the poster is driving most of the way and then stopping for the rest of the night. The drive the next day will not be very long. The TV is not a great battery charger. The battery is 3 years old (guessing because the trailer is a 2010). Also guessing is is a group 24, what a dealer usually includes with a trailer. Depending on how long the trip is going to be the battery may or may not last. The big deal is once the battery is dead 1. It has been over discharged and that will reduce the life of the battery 2. It would not be fun to have your refrigerator not work at the beach 3. No water pump 4. No fans 5. No lights 6. No propane detector/co detector and the nasty screach when it is loosing power.
Understand, but if concerned then bring a 2nd battery or spend 1 night somewhere to recharge the battery. Most who do a lot of dry camping will use a couple of batteries. If you're going to have to rely on 1 battery then don't waste the charge on a couple of fans while on the road.
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:15 AM   #14
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Your going on vacation and want to have a good time. You don't want to constantly be worrying if your battery is going to pack it in. For your peace of mind spend some money and buy a new battery. They're not that expensive. Now go to Harbour freight or somewhere similar and get a battery solar charger to help keep the battery charged. Do your homework and read up on battery websites and other places so you have a knowledge base to draw from. As mentioned earlier practice in your driveway prior to going and see what it would take to draw down your battery to 50 percent and see how much you can bring it back up with a solar charger. Between the new battery, solar battery charger and the charge being put back in during the next days drive you should be fine. Certainly doable in my mind.
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