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Old 05-30-2016, 05:18 PM   #1
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best way to charge batteries and RTR propane generator

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With a portable generator, what is the best and quickest way to charge the batteries? Should I use the 2016 FC's build in converter or a separate battery charger? If a separate charger, then what is the best one to use?

What is recommended for a portable and ready to run propane generator? Where can I buy one and what is the best one to get? I don't want do perform the conversion myself. I want to buy it ready to go. I want to be able to run off propane and I only want to charge the batteries.

We usually camp in the shade, so I don't think solar is really an option for us.

Any other suggestions?

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Old 05-30-2016, 06:25 PM   #2
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You can buy converted generators Here.
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Old 05-30-2016, 06:26 PM   #3
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Plug in & charge for 3 hours then unplug & check you meter, if you get 12.6 or better your charged. I don't know of any propane ready to buy generator, but I'm sure many dealers or camping world will be happy to sell you one & convert it. Honda or Yamaha are the best generators to buy, more expensive but trouble free.
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Old 05-30-2016, 07:02 PM   #4
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Will a 1000w be fine or should I go with the 2000w. Again, I only need to charge the batteries.

Is the built-in converter the way to go or get a separate battery charger?

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Generators generally operate at peak efficiency when loaded somewhere between 50% and 75% of their rated load. So when you run the generator to charge your batteries, run something else, too, to increase the load on the generator. You don't want the battery charger to be the only thing using generator power, or else the generator will just chug along at almost idle RPMs and it will take longer to charge the batteries.

Probably the best appliance to use as a load cell to kick up the generator RPMs is your water heater— if your water heater is electric/propane and not just propane. Let the water get cold, fire up the generator, and then turn on the water heater. This will give you 15-20 minutes of higher RPMs on your generator, or more if you take your showers after the water gets hot so that the heater has to heat more water while the generator is running.
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It will depend on the size of the converter and any other load you will have while charging.
For the small difference in price between 1,000 watt and 2,000 watt I would go for the 2,000 watt unit.
The built in converter is best if it is a multistage unit.
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Any idea what is built in a 2016 Flying Cloud 19, for the converter?

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Old 05-30-2016, 07:16 PM   #8
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I would pay the extra for a 1000w, if it does the intended job better and uses less fuel.
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FWIW, we have the Honda 2000 generators and are very happy with them. But if the only thing you want to do is charge your batteries, the 1000W size should do that fine and would be more compact and lighter to move around. I would lean towards the 1000w Honda or Yamaha, converted to propane, for your stated use.

I had the same questions as you about the fastest way to charge batteries from a generator. From what I've read, the stock converter does a poor job at charging batteries quickly. I plan to change mine to a PD4655 to help remedy that.

The other option I looked at was bringing a portable automotive type charger to plug in to the generator. I think that would have worked well, but I decided to change the converter instead.
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Roguegaston, This is a recent link that I saved for future research and probably acquisition as it contains good propane conversion discussion.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...ay-150492.html

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Thanks! I have an email to them at US Carb asking if they recommend the 1000 or 2000w for just charging the batteries.

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Old 06-01-2016, 11:22 AM   #12
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I am going to order the 2000w from US Carb http://www.motorsnorkel.com/

I also plan on getting the quick disconnect fittings to plug into the BBQ port on the trailer. That's assuming the trailer has the quick disconnect port, I should get the trailer next week.

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