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Old 01-13-2012, 10:50 AM   #11
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Good tip, thanks. My top 10 list is now about 73 items long!

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Old 01-13-2012, 11:09 AM   #12
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One final thing, if you are new at backing up with a trailer, practice in an open lot first and maybe get walki-talkies to make communication a little easier. Sometimes (even with experienced wives) they hide in a blind spot and expect you to read minds when you're supposed to stop or turn left (when they really mean right but you'll be wrong in the interpretation....) Survey the site for low lying branches FIRST.
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You mentioned that you have a Honda generator. We just got our new TT this summer, and got a generator too.

We plan to boondock a lot (camp with no electricity), and we got the generator primarily to keep our battery charged up. And, to have AC power at least a portion of the day.

If you're planning to use your generator to charge your battery, you should know it's likely that the charger in your trailer isn't very efficient.

In my 2017 26bh, the WFCO brand charger/convertor is barely adequate if you're hooked to AC, but is totally inadequate to work with a generator, as it will take more than half a day of running the generator to charge a battery. With a better charger, like the Progressive Dynamics unit, it will only take 2 to 3 hours to charge. Huge difference.

The WFCO chargers claim to be "smart", but typically fail to put out the higher voltages needed for fast "bulk" charging.

I won't attempt a full explanation here, just giving you a heads up to research your charging system if you happen to be planning to boondock.
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Old 07-19-2017, 09:21 PM   #14
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You mentioned that you have a Honda generator. We just got our new TT this summer, and got a generator too.

We plan to boondock a lot (camp with no electricity), and we got the generator primarily to keep our battery charged up. And, to have AC power at least a portion of the day.

If you're planning to use your generator to charge your battery, you should know it's likely that the charger in your trailer isn't very efficient.

In my 2017 26bh, the WFCO brand charger/convertor is barely adequate if you're hooked to AC, but is totally inadequate to work with a generator, as it will take more than half a day of running the generator to charge a battery. With a better charger, like the Progressive Dynamics unit, it will only take 2 to 3 hours to charge. Huge difference.

The WFCO chargers claim to be "smart", but typically fail to put out the higher voltages needed for fast "bulk" charging.

I won't attempt a full explanation here, just giving you a heads up to research your charging system if you happen to be planning to boondock.
What he said ^^^

We were camphosts last summer and had no elec hookup. We had a generator, but didn't realize how poor the WFCO would be at charging our 2, group27 batteries. We had planed on running the generator no more than 4 hours every second or third day. In reality, we had to run the generator 2 to 4 hours every day just to keep the batteries charged to 12.4v. We even ran the generator 7 hours one day, but that achieved no real gain.

We will have the Progressive Dynamics unit before we attempt another long boondocking trip.
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You mentioned that you have a Honda generator. We just got our new TT this summer, and got a generator too.

We plan to boondock a lot (camp with no electricity), and we got the generator primarily to keep our battery charged up. And, to have AC power at least a portion of the day.

If you're planning to use your generator to charge your battery, you should know it's likely that the charger in your trailer isn't very efficient.

In my 2017 26bh, the WFCO brand charger/convertor is barely adequate if you're hooked to AC, but is totally inadequate to work with a generator, as it will take more than half a day of running the generator to charge a battery. With a better charger, like the Progressive Dynamics unit, it will only take 2 to 3 hours to charge. Huge difference.

The WFCO chargers claim to be "smart", but typically fail to put out the higher voltages needed for fast "bulk" charging.

I won't attempt a full explanation here, just giving you a heads up to research your charging system if you happen to be planning to boondock.
Good feedback, but just making sure you're aware you're responding to a 5 year old thread and the OP may not be on the site any more.
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