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Old 06-23-2013, 03:44 PM   #1
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Boondocking Battery Question

So we are headed to the beach in a couple of weeks and we have planned to avoid the bulk of traffic by doing the majority of our traveling at night. The plan is to leave at about 9pm and drive for about 5 hours, which would be the majority of the trip. We are planning to stop at a Wal-Mart along the way and get some shut eye. I have purchased a couple of 12 volt fans and a splitter that I plan to plug into the 12 volt socket where the tv antenna plugs in. My question is this: do you all feel that we will be able to run the fans to move some air while we sleep for a few hours on the battery alone? I have 0 experience boondocking. My battery is the one that came with the camper and seems to be in good shape. Any insight or other ideas on this would be much appreciated.
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Old 06-23-2013, 04:00 PM   #2
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I would think you'd be just fine using battery for 2 fans for 5-6 hours. However, I'd unplug the TV from the TT; it would be one thing to discharge the TT battery; quite another to discharge it AND your TV battery!
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Everytime I tried to do something like that it always got dark on me at 10PM...

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Old 06-23-2013, 07:59 PM   #4
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I agree with Roy, the standard TT battery and an electric
motor(s) will not last very long.... not sure if your TV stops suppling 12volts when your ign is off, but you may want to disconnect your TT cable from your TV so yo do not drain that battery also.
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When I use to car camp (tent) we would bring a long a power box (jumper unit with a 12V outlet) and we would run two fans off of that small unit all weekend. So I would not be to concerned, just unplug the TV while parked.

Just another thought. While you are at home some weekend, why not just plug in a fan or two and turn them on and see what happens after a few hours?
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Just another thought. While you are at home some weekend, why not just plug in a fan or two and turn them on and see what happens after a few hours?
X2 Also you might want to consider battery operated fans. Do you have a way to recharge your camper battery? If Wal-Mart is close to your location they will recharge it for a small price or free is you bought it there.
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Most TV will charge the TT battery as you drive.
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:04 PM   #8
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Most TV will charge the TT battery as you drive.
Yes they will, BUT the TV is not a good battery, and I don't want to have to tow my camper around to charge the battery.
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....... I don't want to have to tow my camper around to charge the battery.
Very true, but if you are just parking overnight in a parking lot, I have no issues using power and then use the TV to charge the battery the next day as I drive onto my next destination.
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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.
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