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Posted: 09/21/17 03:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would skip the generator and get 200 to 400 watts solar.
I doubt you will need air April/May but if you do get some hookups.
Was rather warm last month at Glacier. We were seeing 90+ and plugged in. Locals were saying it was the most heat ever. But you will be there early.

If you get a generator you also need to get a new converter such as the PD9260-14.8
WFCO is a trickle charge at 13.6 volts unless you are one of the lucky few where it actually works in boost mode.

http://www.bestconverter.com/PD-9260C-148-60-Amp-RV-Converter


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After roaring and fuming, this power supply gets my vote and the only viable battery charger that will do whatever you want it to.


It is portable. Unplug it and run.

It has adjustable voltage. The ideal 14.8 volts for generator charging and it will MAINTAIN a preset 14.8 volts and YOU not some a nineteen cent integrated circuit decides when to end the charge rate.

Combined with a solid FIFTY AMP continuous output rating it will recharge batteries as fast or faster than so called Smart chargers costing twice as much,

Tell you what, you get this charger and when you unpack it I will walk you through the setup process step by step*. You will need to buy a cheap set of 10-gauge jumper cables as a connect to the battery umbilical.

You can unplug the unit when finished or install an inline cord switch. Or even a windup timer.

Need to equalize batteries? This is the perfect power unit.

*Not an idle promise.

Offered as gifts I would select this power supply 10 to 1 over any smart converter on the market for use as a battery charger - and it costs less.

http://www.trcelectronics.com/View/Mean-Well/RSP-750-15.shtml

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I'm 3 years on my Champion no issues what so ever. Original spark plug, change the oil every fall and drain the gas and run it dry for the winter.


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I just bought a generator after looking closely at the Honda, Predator and the Champion.

I went with the Champion 3100-watt with remote start from SuperGen in NY.

Reconditioned $699 with free shipping.

What a fine generator it is...

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Buy PD9280 for a few more bucks. Cut two ends off some jumper cables and connect them to the PD. You now have a top notch 80 amp portable charger. When you get your new RV you can permanently install it.


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MEXICOWANDERER wrote:

After roaring and fuming, this power supply gets my vote and the only viable battery charger that will do whatever you want it to.
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http://www.trcelectronics.com/View/Mean-Well/RSP-750-15.shtml

Whoa !

Mexico, I thought you were hooked on MegaWatt power supplies. Why the change of heart ?

Personally, I think a 50A power supply is overkill for someone with a dual 6V golf cart battery bank.

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From what I can gather a furnace blower typically pulls about 7-10 amps, depending on size. I'm picking 8 amps without knowing the model of the furnace (RV is in IL right now and I am in TN.) So if the furnace runs say 8 hours out of 24 (very generous estimate), that would be 64 amp-hours.

Our other battery usage is very low---no big inverter for microwave or coffeepot or hairdryer. We run the water pump and LED lighting. We have a 12V outlet that we use with a 400W inverter to charge electronics, but that is often done in the tow vehicle while out and about. Very little or no TV use.

I'm going to estimate 80 amp-hours/day and I think that's generous based on our habits.

So we need a converter that will replace that 80 amp-hours in a reasonable amount of time, say 4 hours or less. That means a converter with a bulk charge mode of 20 amps or higher. So a 30 or 40 amp converter should serve us well.

We will likely be at an electric site at least once a week, for 24 hours or longer. So if we get the batteries up even close to 100% otherwise, during that time frame they should definitely get maxed out and be just fine.

Does my reasoning make sense? Any big flaws in my logic?


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coolmom42 wrote:

Does my reasoning make sense? Any big flaws in my logic?


It sounds great and your numbers are reasonable. Even more, you will have a lot of fun. Now our "Experts" can explain that you need more equalization and the adjustability of a zippity doo da 1100xx charger with a bifold exchanger shunt. Not to mention six six volt batteries and a thousand dollar monitoring system.

Have fun your way.

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TomG2 wrote:

coolmom42 wrote:

Does my reasoning make sense? Any big flaws in my logic?


It sounds great and your numbers are reasonable. Even more, you will have a lot of fun. Now our "Experts" can explain that you need more equalization and the adjustability of a zippity doo da 1100xx charger with a bifold exchanger shunt. Not to mention six six volt batteries and a thousand dollar monitoring system.

Have fun your way.


I do understand that it's important to get the batteries fully charged fairly often, and will take a long time on a basic converter. I will get some more info about the furnace usage and the converter model, and evaluate at that point.

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A couple of notes. The Predator is 3500/3100 watts, I believe. Which is about 500 watts more than the Honda. You can also get a 2 year warranty for it fairly cheaply. And you can buy 3 of them and be about the same price as the Honda. Note on the Honda, having owned an EU3000is, install an Easy Start or a hard start kit on the A/C in the trailer. My Honda wouldn't start my 13,600 A/C until I did.


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