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time2roll wrote:

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.

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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.

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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.

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Posted: 09/15/20 10:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If the RV generator is running there is no reason for the RV batteries to go dead. Need to look at the on-board charging system and give it a check with that voltmeter.


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