Rookie Rver :C here! In my Dorothy from Wizard of Oz voice: "....there's no place like Stew. There's no RV show without Stew. There's no place like the original RV Today Show with Stew....."
There was so much missing from this show regarding RV buying it aint funny! Wow.......
Hello, Rookie Rver :C here!. I own a 97' Rexhall Vision and yes, yes, and yes to everything you asked. The gen will shut off at 1/4 tank of gas, house batteries have no second life once they go down, and there is a toggle switch to shut off house batteries.
When I first got mine I took out the house batteries and used shore power. This allowed me to turn on everything to see if they worked (not necessarily at the same time). Once I knew everything did work I replaced the house batteries (including at wiring). I filled it up with gas and went for a ride. Sure enough after about thirty minutes of highway driving I pulled into a parking lot, started the generator and have been rving every since.
I drove for about another hour in the direction away from home with the gen running before I turned around and headed back.
After that there were a couple of times I thought I was having problems again but it turned out I just forgot the house battery switch. That was just part of being the Rookie Rver :C
Rookie Rver :C here! There are at least three issues I picked up on about your plan.
First - waiting for 2017,
Second - waiting for 2017, and
Third - waiting for 2017.
Oh yeah be very careful because this lifestyle is VERY addictive. It is not going to take long before you begin downing yourself for not doing it much sooner!
If you are ever in Texas......you have a friend.
Rookie Rver :C here! The best suggestion I'd give you is to try it before you actually take of on your trip. Try it at least a couple of times with the intent to get a feel for what you can do and what will drain your power. Every rig is different, and everyone does not use the amount of power. What works for the other may not necessarily work for you. It took me a few times but I am comfortable when using own power and not plugged in anywhere. So many things to take into consideration that include furnace use, water pump, lights, tv, laptops,kind of batteries you have, etc. If at all possible dry camp in your backyard or driveway first, or close to home. Only you can get a feel for your rig.
Rookie Rver :C here! Someone said it best when they wrote: "enjoy YOUR rv". I will try to do all I can to carry their camping equipment down below. I will even try to do all I can to help in an emergency while camping/rving, but my RV is mine. There is much more than riding and viewing the sights out the big picture windows. Before any of that happens there are things such as filling the gas tank, fridge, maintenance prep, fresh water ETC. Only person I've seen do any of those things are me. Oh they can stop by and check out the rv but I and only I (ok wife too) enjoy the rv.
Hello, Rookie Rver :C here! I am just checking to see if there are any potential problems if I unhook house batteries, turn of switch to crank battery and stay plugged into shore power (at home)for a long period of time? Will it cause any problems with converter?