We are dry camping in Salt Point State Park on the California coast and I had some questions about our battery charge because this is the first time we will have been without electrical hookups for so long (it'll be a least a week and a half before we get out of here….).
Our AS, a 25-foot 2004 Safari has two solar panels hooked up to a Heliotrope HPV-22B recharging system. We are using the batteries very minimally, mostly for quick showers, but also for some lighting during cooking. The system starts charging as soon as it gets light outside and continues until it gets dark. The charge level never dips below 12 volts (reading 12.51 right now at 8:15 a.m. when it's overcast and nothing electric is turned on except for the fridge). We are going into our third full day here without using an outside electric source. Later today I'm going to hook up the Honda EU2000i generator for two hours of charging for the laptop and some other non-trailer items. But in the meantime I was wondering how long we could go using just the solar panels? If they keep the charge into the 12 volt
plus range is that enough, or should I supplement the charging with the generator every two days or so (which is what I did on an earlier dry camping trip)? Also, I'd like to maybe use the furnace occasionally as the temps are rarely getting above the 50s. Is the furnace fan a huge draw on the electrical reserves?
Any suggestions would be welcomed! I'll check back on this thread in the mornings and evenings when I go to the ranger station to use their wifi.
Thanks in advance! This forum is a great resource which I've already used many times to answer questions I've had as a complete AS newbie (this is only our sixth outing)!