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Old 01-08-2017, 05:37 PM   #1
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Generator with your pop up.

Hey does anyone use a generator with the pop up? If so how big of a generator, what do you run off of it, and how do you hook it up? I have a 2017 jay sport with an a/c, I have a small generator but I'm curious if it will be enough to run the converter, obviously not the a/c it's a 1200w 1500w peak generator. So let here what you have thanks.
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Old 01-08-2017, 06:06 PM   #2
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Lots of people do. If you guys aren't using your 120 volt circuits, just plug it in like shore power. That generator should run your lights, water pump, all the 12 volt stuff fine + charge your battery.

If you are worried about someone turning on the AC by accident, I'd use a genset that small just for battery charging and not 'plug in' to the converter with the popups power cord.
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Old 01-08-2017, 06:11 PM   #3
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If I would use it just for the battery should I just purchase a batter charger and connect it to the batter and just charge as needed?
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That's what we did.

When I upgraded to a larger generator I just plugged into that like it was normal shore power as it could run the AC when needed + charge through the converter, but for the smaller generators like what you are talking about, I would dedicate it to battery charging only, with a decent charger. Let the converter pull off the battery as it will do automatically anyway to power all of your 12 volt stuff, you keep the battery charged with your generator. We used our generator less frequently and it kept the lights and everything 12 volt related on for a weeks at a time. Indefinitely really. Obviously if you want to run the AC or other 120 volt stuff, you'll have to upgrade your approach, but when the 120 volt stuff is 'optional', I want 100% of my generator time going into my batteries. That was just our approach, I'm sure there are other options. When we were in pop up mode, we tried to keep it as simple as possible and honestly, I hated using the generator at all so we only used it to keep our battery topped off. A dedicated charger for that worked well for us.
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Old 01-08-2017, 06:44 PM   #5
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I agree with that I hate the thought of using it but there are a few trips a year I'll be boondocking and needing a little heat so the battery charger seem the most simple efficient way. I bet I could even get a decent charger that small and wire it in so I just plug in in and fire up the generator. What size is your new larger generator that runs everything?
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I agree with that I hate the thought of using it but there are a few trips a year I'll be boondocking and needing a little heat so the battery charger seem the most simple efficient way. I bet I could even get a decent charger that small and wire it in so I just plug in in and fire up the generator. What size is your new larger generator that runs everything?

5500 Watts, but it's loud, heavy, and I rarely use it. I'm buying this one the next time it's on sale.

Champion DUAL-FUEL 2800wt Running / 3100wt Peak Digital Inverter Generator, Electric Start, RV Ready, Parallel Capable, CARB & EPA Certified, Low Decibels

It will run my AC, television, and microwave. if I'm careful (not at the same time), but it runs the entire camper, is dual fuel and costs a bit less than the honda that I wanted first.

We like to boondock a lot and have decided solar is our next investment. I have 200 watts of panels, a good solar charge controller here at the house already waiting for the spring thaw, and new batteries (for greater capacity) on order that are going in, in April. I view the generator as the last leg of our power plan. Ideally, it doesn't get used at all unless the sun doesn't come out for 4 days.

Our power needs could be a little different than yours.. not sure... but we have a requirement for internet, laptop charging, multiple cell phones and tablets and I like to watch a movie once in a while in the evenings. I can work from 'home' whenever I want so our camper has become that home at times and power requirements are the difference between me going fishing 10 minutes after my 8am meeting, or not leaving my brick and stick house at all, so I'm investing in 'boondocking' heavily.

My wife and I were just debating tonight if we should buy another pop-up next, or a 5th wheel... we love our current travel trailer, which is right inbetween those 2, but there are places it can't go that I need to be. If I had the 5th wheel I'd probably sell my home, if I had a new popup, I'd probably camp a lot more than I do now. I think I need 3 campers and a ranch to park them at.
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That's awesome the majority of my trips are centered around white water kayaking so when boondocking at certain festivals where your not in a campground just kind of the side of the road I really just want my heater the lights and maybe a tv for a bit! So not to big of a demand but that could change and I appreciate all of the advise I may pick your brain some more down the road about the solar power.
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A dedicated charger to charge our batteries didn't work so well for us.

We were camp hosts for 4 months this summer. We didn't have electric supplied so we used our generator. Over many scenarios, I compared charging our batteries* with our dedicated charger to charging our batteries through our trailer's converter. (* Two, W*mart EverStart Group Size 24 Marine Batteries)

Long story short: Our trailer's charger was capable of supplying more amperage to the batteries without the battery charging voltage going too high.

IMO, a good quality, dedicated battery charger may be better, but an average battery charger, or small battery charger, may not be better.
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If you do not want to use a microwave or AC your current generator will work fine. The on board charger will charge the battery automatically when the PU is plugged into the generator. Personally if I was connected to the generator I would turn off the circuit breakers for the microwave and AC to ensure they did not overload the generator, if someone accidentally turned them on.
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Old 01-17-2017, 03:38 PM   #10
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pup battery charging

My internal charger has a 15 amp fuse in line, so I can assume the load does not exceed 15 amps. I was thinking of using a 2000w inverter generator. It appears these offer 13-14 amps continuous. If I plug my shore power line in to the generator, will this exceed the capacity of my generator? The 12v loads aside from the charger would be minimal and controllable. With the AC breakers shut off, how much load does the shore power draw?
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