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Old 06-12-2015, 09:23 AM   #11
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The other thing in your camping location to look at is the hours you can run the generator and if they require a certain decibel limit. If you need to run the generator to charge batteries, I would carry a battery charger The converter's trickle charger won't do much."

Not really the new WFCO convertors that are in most newer Jaycos have 3 way charging capabilities a boost, nominal and float mode. the convertor will adjust voltage based on the batteries state of charge.
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We didn't buy every season. With those units we ran like that year after year. I have sold mine because we now fulltime in a fifth wheel, but the others are still running along fine, a couple of which are 7-8 years old. I also have run a Honda eb11000 for a week solid during a power outage (talk about gas consumption!) as well as 8 hours a day, five days a week for a month (started building a house without electric on site). I sold it when we went fulltime 7 years later and it now is backup for a guy's shop.

For charging the batteries, I would need to see the amp output on these new three stage converter chargers. If you are dry camping a lot you probably have more than one battery and maybe six volts in series. Those can take quite a bit of juice to charge well and I am not sure a standard converter charger will do that very well in the described situation.
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For charging the batteries, I would need to see the amp output on these new three stage converter chargers. If you are dry camping a lot you probably have more than one battery and maybe six volts in series. Those can take quite a bit of juice to charge well and I am not sure a standard converter charger will do that very well in the described situation.
The $(*&()(&*$%^$ manual says nothing about charging current during the different charging phases. The charger raises the output voltage, which increases the current into an equal load (I=E/R, increase E and leave R alone, I increases).

They are trying to give a fast charge when needed and trickle/float charge when the battery is 'full'.

It's not perfect, but a vast improvement over the older 2A charger that was part of the older converters.
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Old 06-13-2015, 09:41 PM   #14
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Running a portable genset 24/7 = bad idea. We used to do that when the grid was taken out by hurricanes. Burned up 2 of them. Now it's 2-4 hours around mealtimes. Top up the oil and gas before each-and-every restart.

If you have diesel power, then runs of 2-3 days are possible, with downtime of an hour or 2 to refuel, check the oil and coolant levels.

A 5KW genset will keep an A/C running well along with the microwave, toaster and fridge.

I will ask why you won't run the fridge on propane?

If you can reconsider running the A/C only during the hottest part of the day, you could run the genset only during those times.
Thanks for the reply! I expected an answer like that but wanted to ask out of pure ignorance re: generators and their usage. 99.9% of the time we'll be at a CG but if we wanted or needed to boondock it's good to know what is realistic. I'll definitely be doing in-depth research before purchasing AND using one!
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We didn't buy every season. With those units we ran like that year after year. I have sold mine because we now fulltime in a fifth wheel, but the others are still running along fine, a couple of which are 7-8 years old. I also have run a Honda eb11000 for a week solid during a power outage (talk about gas consumption!) as well as 8 hours a day, five days a week for a month (started building a house without electric on site). I sold it when we went fulltime 7 years later and it now is backup for a guy's shop.

For charging the batteries, I would need to see the amp output on these new three stage converter chargers. If you are dry camping a lot you probably have more than one battery and maybe six volts in series. Those can take quite a bit of juice to charge well and I am not sure a standard converter charger will do that very well in the described situation.
I just paid 2k for a honda eu3000is. Good to know I can run it as long or often as I like. I always thought that was the idea of a high quality gen. as compared to Chinese.
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Rick, we just recently (like last year Sept - Dec.) kicked our whole house remodel into high gear. What started as a 4-6 week stay in our Pup, ended up being a 4 months stay in the pup while the electrical, hvac, drywall and kitchen cabinets were completed. Kitchen cabinets and dry wall extended the schedule. Anyways, during that time, our sole source of power were two Honda EU2000 running parallel 24/7 (for the AC) and for the power tools during the day. The last month it finally cooled off enough to eliminate the AC, so the only loads during the day were the power tools. I would say the last month we could get by with just one gen running 95% of the time and then they were alternated in use. Conservatively, I would estimate they have somewhere around 15-19K hours on them both. Every other week I changed the oil and used Sea Foam in both the oil and the gas. Today they will start with 2 pulls of the cord and the output is as good as the day they were bought. 4K for both of them was worth every penny...saved us at least twice that much or more in temporary housing, we got to stay on site to guard materials and installed items (mainly the copper) and we now have two dependable units for camping when we need them. The local utility wanted $3800 for a temp service. The key is maintenance and preventivity care.
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I use 2 Honda EU2000i generators for a Jayco 23RB. One is a companion to connect to the trailer. When I am running AC, I use parallel cables to connect the 2 and an adapter on the companion to plug the trailer power cable into. Typically, if not running AC, I only use one generator.

I also purchased the steel handle deterrent accessories so that the handles can't be cut when chained to the TT.

The power outlets and TV run on 120v and need the generator.
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I just bought a 2009 Jayco Grayhawk 30GS the on board generator runs fine, but when I start the vehicle engine the generator power output goes off even though the generator is still running. I've been told I can run the roof AC when driving. Is there a switch somewhere or am I missing something.
You may want to start a fresh thread in the Motorhome Section rather than attaching to a dying thread.


I did google-up the sales brochure for your RV and it mentions an "Energy Command Center". Look for a switch or configuration setting there?
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