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RE: Needing help, evacuated, battery dead

If your were evacuated I am not sure why you are at home trying to run a bunch of freezers. I would be tempted to just leave. We went between be ready, get ready and leave. While I was in the RV waiting to be evacuated, I plugged them into RV, then killed battery. Once evacuated, they were not hooked to RV but still frozen but after that, no power @ home, no battery on RV. Was just trying to figure out for future what I can do for extended periods of outages. Hook to RV with RV generator going, , buy another house generator, solar, etc.
Woodsie8* 09/15/20 10:42am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Needing help, evacuated, battery dead

I have to ask: How long are you running the genset? To keep tat food cold, you should only have to run it 3-4 times a day, an hour at a time....not continuously. That would also be sufficient to charge your battery. A 100w solar panel would be a great idea too, to keep your RV topped off, smoke or no smoke. Having a spare 12V battery sitting around might be a good idea too, since you don't seem to have a secondary battery in your B. No secondary battery. I was running it about 4 hours but all at once. I really think I must have used way more than my generator was charging. I ended up ordering a small generator for the house last night. It is small enough I can bring with if I ever need to. Portable, less than 50lbs. I will continue to look at solar for RV. I love the Jackery idea, but they look like they only last about 4-6 yrs, before the internal lithium battery is toast. You can’t replace the battery. I may just get their panels, if I can hook up to the house battery, instead of buying their portable power box. https://www.jackery.com/products/explorer-1000-portable-power-station?variant=31523358769239¤cy=USD&utm_medium=product_sync&utm_source=google&utm_content=sag_organic&utm_campaign=sag_organic&gclid=CjwKCAjwzIH7BRAbEiwAoDxxTv4OPJecRXKzC2A80dXDUHcyX9yLxG9FtWQZwp7MePFkEdhZexAXCRoCB8UQAvD_BwE https://www.jackery.com/products/solarsaga-100w-solar-panel?variant=19479350837335
Woodsie8* 09/15/20 10:41am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Needing help, evacuated, battery dead

Need a roof? Tesla solar roof plus a few power wall batteries. Works for you even when the power is on. big $$$ up front. Otherwise maybe a home generator and 500 gallon propane tank. Or get the RV systems working. Consider adding a home transfer switch and power inlet to make living without power plug and play. I have a house propane tank. I think that might be the way to go. Don’t have to haul gas. Don’t have to use RV generator and drain battery. I never had issues with RV system before so I must have just asked it to do more than I was suppose to. I will be working on that too. Might just be me, not understanding the limitations.
Woodsie8* 09/13/20 10:25pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Needing help, evacuated, battery dead

How about put them on a small utility trailer(uhaul?), connect to the van, and just go. Plug them all in at a comfortable RV park until you get word the power is back on. I am not that vested in saving the food :) I think I am more trying to figure out for extended outages in the future. Hoping not to get evacuated again!
Woodsie8* 09/13/20 10:09pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Needing help, evacuated, battery dead

If your were evacuated I am not sure why you are at home trying to run a bunch of freezers. I would be tempted to just leave. We went between be ready, get ready and leave. While I was in the RV waiting to be evacuated, I plugged them into RV, then killed battery. Once evacuated, they were not hooked to RV but still frozen but after that, no power @ home, no battery on RV. Was just trying to figure out for future what I can do for extended periods of outages. Hook to RV with RV generator going, , buy another house generator, solar, etc.
Woodsie8* 09/13/20 09:35pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Needing help, evacuated, battery dead

You do not need a second generator. Where or how would you hook this second generator up? However you are envisioning hooking up the second generator will be the same for the existing generator. Number one, turn off the generator, find the circuit breakers in the house and find the one that is tripped and not charging the battery. If you can't find the specific charger circuit breaker then turn them all off. Now push extra hard on any breakers that seem to be springy or have any sponginess until it snaps all the way off. Now turn all the breakers back on. Once the breakers are all back on, turn on a light or two and maybe turn on a ventilation fan as well. Now start the generator and see if the fan speeds up and the lights get brighter. If the fan speeds up and the lights get brighter you have probably fixed the house battery charging. If you still can't get the house battery charging, then buy one of these Link, and plug it into the trailer or directly into your generator. Then plug the trailer shore power cord into the end. This will charge your house battery until you can get a multimeter. Second generator was going to be for home, to handle freezer/frig in outage in future instead of using RV generator to keep them running. Thanks for the steps! I will try that.
Woodsie8* 09/13/20 09:28pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Needing help, evacuated, battery dead

Thx everyone! As soon as I can my hands on a volt meter, I will problem solve more. I am rethinking a lot, for future events. Maybe get a second battery, or add at least one solar panel, not ask as much from the house battery, get a portable battery booster/charger. Maybe get a second generator for the house but that seems unneeded.
Woodsie8* 09/13/20 04:46pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Needing help, evacuated, battery dead

Unless you have an inverter which uses 12v battery to make 120V plug power, the two are separate and having something plugged in will not affect the battery. If you do Have an inverter, the plugs would stay powered when shore power and the generator off. Doesn't sound like that is the case. If only using lights and water pump, those shouldn't drain a battery that much that 3 to 4 hours of generator can't replenish. I think I have an inverter. I usually have the RV plugged into shore power and it charges the house battery. I guess when I get electricity back, I will plug in and see if the house battery charges. I also will see (once charged and unplugged to shore power) if the outside outlets are alive. It lasted for 3 days, so it had juice, assuming from the generator keeping it charged. A deep freeze and house frig probably pulls a lot, and I used A/C a very small bit, with inside lights and water pump for toilet.
Woodsie8* 09/12/20 09:44pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Needing help, evacuated, battery dead

Unless you have an inverter which uses 12v battery to make 120V plug power, the two are separate and having something plugged in will not affect the battery. If you do Have an inverter, the plugs would stay powered when shore power and the generator off. Doesn't sound like that is the case. If only using lights and water pump, those shouldn't drain a battery that much that 3 to 4 hours of generator can't replenish. I think I have an inverter.
Woodsie8* 09/12/20 09:37pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Needing help, evacuated, battery dead

Can you start the engine, then start the generator from the 12V supplied by the engine alternator? Sounds like your house battery is bad or your converter is bad and not charging the house battery. I have started the rig to charge my phone and let it run, generator still dead.
Woodsie8* 09/12/20 09:34pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Needing help, evacuated, battery dead

Someone told me yesterday that I would have to drive thr RV 12 hours to techarge house battery, enough to start generator. Can that be correct?
Woodsie8* 09/12/20 09:32pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Needing help, evacuated, battery dead

Double check that the main battery switch is on. Not sure what was being used when the generator was off that drained the battery, but the rv furnace is a notorious power hog and will drain a battery in short order. Best to run the generator when using the furnace. Run the rv to charge the house battery. Driving to refuel the rv will speed the charging process. If the rv has a boost to start switch, disconnect the negative on the house battery (be sure it doesn't touch the positive), start the rv, and have someone push the boost switch while trying to start the generator. Once the generator has started, reconnect the negative to the house battery. If no boost switch, disconnect negative from house battery (be sure it doesn't touch the positive), start the rv, run jumper cable from rv battery to house battery, start generator, and reconnect negative once generator is running. If the jumper cables are too short, move the rv battery closer to the house battery. Try starting the generator without the rv running. Once generator is running, measure the voltage at the house battery. If it is more than 13.2V, the converter is working and the battery should be charging. If the battery isn't taking a charge, battery may be bad. If the voltage is less than 13.2, there are lots of things to check. Quicker option would be to use a portable battery charger to charge the house battery when the generator runs. Be sure to have plenty of fuel as the battery may take several hours to a day to recharge using a portable charger. Diagnose the charging issue once the generator is running. Or, buy a new house battery and a portable charger. Swap the new battery for the house battery. Start the generator and diagnose the charging issue. Portable charger can be used to keep at least one of the house batteries topped up while the generator runs. Keep a voltage meter handy. Once the house battery is down to 12.2V resting voltage (1/2 empty) find a way to recharge it. Thx!!! I do have a starter boost switch! I am by myself and isolated on a mountain, so better not try this now but this really helps.
Woodsie8* 09/12/20 09:29pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Needing help, evacuated, battery dead

So, the two extension cords, I ran from 2 outlets on the outside of RV to freezers. My inside plugs do not work if I am not plugged into shore power or the generator is not on, so I made an assumption that the two outside outlets did not work when I turned off generator. So I did not unplug the extension cords outside. Could that have drained my battery? I didn’t even think of that, since my interior plugs don’t work without generator or shore power. I have to use d/c outlets only. I thought if I ran the generator 3-4 hrs a day, it would keep freezers froze and trickle charge battery.
Woodsie8* 09/12/20 09:25pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Needing help, evacuated, battery dead

The generator should be connected to an on-board charging system to maintain the RV battery. Possibly that system has failed. A portable battery charger would work. Solar might be of little help if you have smoke in the air. I have a “B”., with a Onan generator.
Woodsie8* 09/12/20 09:17pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Needing help, evacuated, battery dead

The generator should be connected to an on-board charging system to maintain the RV battery. Possibly that system has failed. A portable battery charger would work. Solar might be of little help if you have smoke in the air. I am wondering if I was using more juice than generator was making. Would I put the battery charger in the house battery? I don’t have one that does not need plugged in but fir the future.
Woodsie8* 09/12/20 09:16pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Total outdoor flame device ban Oregon SP

Am I the only one thinking...not a word about the fires in Oregon? or about the huge fatality count? The cities that have been totally destroyed? Only about whether or not someone can cook their steak? Gary Haupt I didn’t see anything about cooking steaks. Did I miss something? I am in the fire green/yellow/red zone and even though I am just horrified about what people are experiencing, I do have some mundane concerns like how to keep my food in the freezer frozen until we get electricity back. It has been 5 days and unclear when it will be back on. That does not mean that I am not heartsick about what my fellow PNW people are experiencing. I posted in DIY Class B, a detailed situation.
Woodsie8* 09/12/20 07:20pm General RVing Issues
Needing help, evacuated, battery dead

Sorry, longer post; I am in Oregon with fires. No electricity for 5 days now. Used generator on RV chassis to run freezers in my home for 3 days (about 4 hrs a day) via extension cords. RV house battery went dead and now can’t fire up generator. Water pump, lights, etc, won’t come on. Now investigating the following option without going overboard. 1) Another free standing generator for home freezers when there is a power outage. Seems over kill if I can plug into RV and use RV generator but obviously that only worked for 3 days, because nothing to keep RV house battery charged. 2) Solar panel on RV, to keep RV battery charged (to fire up generator) but will it be enough charge to run things in RV and start generator, to either boon-dock or plug in home freezer in outage? 3) Some kind of fully charged portable 12V battery charger that I can attach to house deep cell battery to replenish it and then recharge it with cigarette lighter d/c connection (chassis battery) with rig running 4) I am older, not sure if I can pull start a generator and if I get an electric start, I will still need electricity to keep it’s internal battery charged. 5) The only things I need to keep going in the house is the frig and deep freeze. I can go without the water heater. If in the winter, it would be nice to have heat but I could go into RV with propane heater but not sure if it needs battery. It seems crazy to buy another generator when I have one in the RV, but if I need to use battery for more than 3 days, that did not work. What would be the wisest choice? I have a 20’ RV, not a lot of room to haul another generator. May take a long time to charge one of those battery chargers with a cigarette lighter d/c connection. FRUSTRATED BECAUSE I managed to keep food frozen and stay in the RV for 3 days without a problem. Now probably will have to toss food, dumping water in toilet to flush, and using my little solar lights to get around at night with. Furthermore, let’s say this doesn’t have anything to do with freezers and I want to boon-dock longer than 3 days. Is there a reasonable solution that I can both keep freezers going in a power outage and boon-dock for an extended period Of time? Thanks for your thoughts!
Woodsie8* 09/12/20 07:06pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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