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Ok so the plan is to boondock for a few days next weekend. We're headed to Northern Quebec and expecting cool nights, so will be bringing our Yammy 1000w generator to help the battery run the furnace. I know I should get at least one night from the battery, but after that who knows.

My question is what's the best setup? Plug the TT directly into the genny and fire it up once in a while or should I use the charging plug from the genny directly to the battery?



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choice A usually works.. and with (I presume) only 1 battery, your converter won't overload the genny.

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You would reap more benefit and quicker charge by having a battery charger plugged into your generator and connected to your battery. The charger should be capable of charging at 25 amps.





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Correct 2oldman - one battery only.

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Hi,

Assuming a 3 stage converter in the RV plugging in the RV is your best bet.

You could bring along an outboard battery charger--but I find I have all together too much stuff as it is!


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Yes, plug the rv into the generator. You can also bring along a stand alone battery charger to run from the generator. Probably the slowest method is to use the battery charging feature on the generator.


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Posted: 06/26/12 04:07pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Your best bet will be to start the generator and plug a stand alone charger into it to charge your batteries. that way you don't have to run the gen set all night.


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