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Keep it simple. You have a Honda 2000i. Use it for an hour every morning and you should be ok. Do not run your truck to charge your TT batteries, it will use a lot more gas than your Honda 2000. I have used my Champion 2000 for this and have had wonderful success.

I was talking to a gentleman in Glacier who was trying to charge his TT battery by hooking it to his Honda by using the 12 volt output on the generator. I told him that the salesman told him that it was the proper way to charge a battery. I told him that the generator 12 volt outlet was only 8 amps and that his TT converter was probably 40 amps or more and he told me that the salesman knew more than I did.


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CavemanCharlie wrote:

Grit dog wrote:

but I have a similar size/same brand trailer with 2 new 6V GCs (cheap ones from Costco, but that trailer with minimal power use: 1 time on the electric jack, water pump, fridge controls on L...
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36 HOURS is all you could get ???? WITH 2 6v GCs batteries ???

You have a problem somwhere. Something is pulling down your batteries.
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Ok. Some updates.
i have implemented many of the suggestions given here.
Thank you all !

Firstly. i did start an experiment in the driveway.

So far my (charged in the fall fully, and winterd disconnected in the house) battery has run the fridge and very very minimal use incandescent lights only, for just over 96hrs/4days and is still going. My gut tells me we are nearing the end, but i'll update on that. Yes, it would have been best to know the battery was fully topped up when the test began, victim of some fluid decision making.

An additional draw would be extensive firing of my hot water tank igniter. I've been trying to get it going to no avail. i'm starting another help thread on that.

Father inlaw is lending me an extra battery and so is my mechanic. I'm hoping three batteries will cover me for six days while i wait to get on my serviced site.

Just finished swapping out lights to LED, should help i hope.

Yes no radios and generator allowed in campground. Im taking the generator anyway, encase i can get away with it.

I was eager to jump on the solar option, kinda wanted to learn that game.

Everyones contribution got me this far in my decisions. i still have two weeks till i leave to change my mind.

Thanks again for all your thoughts, everyone.


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Take the Honda and on eco it is quiet. Squeeze out 2 hours from 11am till 1pm. The two extra batteries will be for emergency.)

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replace the stock wfco battery charger with one that works properly!

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philh wrote:

replace the stock wfco battery charger with one that works properly!

Not following you. The battery charges fine ...

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Keep in mind everyone loves to spend your money. 4 gc2 batteries and 400watts of solar and a 2000 watt inverter. Even though you don’t need it and probably never will. Use what you have and you will be fine.

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36 HOURS is all you could get ???? WITH 2 6v GCs batteries ???

You have a problem somwhere. Something is pulling down your batteries.



Not to get off topic for the OP, but to be fair, they didn't die, but rather looked weak on the lie-o-meter inside the camper and the genny running was only for a few minutes a couple times.
That said, I don't disagree, as the camper was sitting at home, unused with nothing but the fridge (on LP) and alarms powered up and I left it unplugged for about 2.5 days and it was dead.

I do believe the WFCO may not be charging properly. Quick dvom test showed 13.5-6V when the batteries when first plugged in and batteries were low.
Unfortunately, delving into marginal issues is not on the docket for a while with everything else goin on.
Know what, I am going to do a quick test. Tonight I'll try to make time to top the batteries off good n full with another known good charger, light the fridge back up and see how long they last


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OBX-GL wrote:

philh wrote:

replace the stock wfco battery charger with one that works properly!

Not following you. The battery charges fine ...


he is refuring to the quality and the charge profiles of the WFCO. they kill batteries over time and are not optimal for charging. they work and if your not spending money on good batteries dont worry about it but if your going to drop bucks on quality batteries a better converter will increase the life you get from them.

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Sounds like you have a good solution for a single trip. Make sure your battery is fully charged before you leave and check your usage. After this trip, you may find dry camping is not a bad thing and you can add solar, a larger battery(s), etc.


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