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Old 08-09-2010, 09:39 AM   #15
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OOps - forgot to express my thoughts. A battery charger will charge your batteries much more efficiently than the charger/converter built into your trailer, assuming it is a good charger. It will taper off when it should and go to trickle when it should. You can also (usually) switch for different type of batteries in case you have AGM's. AGM batteries as well a deep cycle batteries require different charge profiles than regular auto batteries for maximum efficiency and long life. Walmart has 5 stage chargers for less than $50.
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Old 08-09-2010, 09:48 AM   #16
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For just a one nights stop or even 2 nights your batteries should be enough to run your furnace fan. In the past, I've run my furnace, water pump, bath room exhaust fan and some lights for overnight stops on the battery power as long as the batteries were in good shape and it wasn't below 15 degrees F. Then they recharge the next day when driving and ready for the next stop.
Just sayin', you might not need to spend the money on a generator and just have a couple of good batteries to run things.
Interesting info! We have run overnight on our batteries in the past and all has been well in the am - I did however turn the thermostat down into the fifties so the furnace/fan would be running less.

I bought the generator anyway - just seemed like suc h a neat little gadget, and I do love gadgets! Also figured it might come in for other uses - power failures at home & such.


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Old 08-09-2010, 09:53 AM   #17
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OOps - forgot to express my thoughts. A battery charger will charge your batteries much more efficiently than the charger/converter built into your trailer, assuming it is a good charger. It will taper off when it should and go to trickle when it should. You can also (usually) switch for different type of batteries in case you have AGM's. AGM batteries as well a deep cycle batteries require different charge profiles than regular auto batteries for maximum efficiency and long life. Walmart has 5 stage chargers for less than $50.
Are you sure about that? I don't know different, but the manual that came with our Parallax charger (2005 AS Classic) gave me the impression that it was an "intelligent" charger and also said that its full output - up to 55amps I think - could be diverted to battery charging if required.

Just wondering. I do have a decent standalone charger at home and had thought about taking it on trips but when I read about the charger that is already built into our converter, I didn't see the advantage.


You do raise a point about AGM batteries though. That is what we have. Wonder if the charger built into the trailer is shortening their life?

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I took the cover off of my Honda generator and cut a piece of rebar to go through the handle and then replaced the cover. Is that totally paranoid or what? (but I bet your bolt cutters won't cut it!)
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:07 AM   #19
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Interesting info! We have run overnight on our batteries in the past and all has been well in the am - I did however turn the thermostat down into the fifties so the furnace/fan would be running less.

I bought the generator anyway - just seemed like suc h a neat little gadget, and I do love gadgets! Also figured it might come in for other uses - power failures at home & such.


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Brian, I'm the same way when it comes to gadgets and gizmos. I got to have them, and the more the better.

Hey, did you guys see the cable padlock combo that has a siren built in that sounds off when the cable is cut?
I haven't ordered one yet, but it's on the list. I'm thinking it would work to help catch that guy with the bolt cutters or hacksaw trying to steal your generators.
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Old 08-09-2010, 02:57 PM   #20
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We've got an automotive battery charger that tapers off as the battery gets full (brand name charger with Sears logo on it), but it only charges at 4-5 amps max. If a battery is pretty low, it can take 24 hours or more to bring it back up to full charge. Also, the battery charger voltage has a lot of noise on it (not usually a big concern if you are only charging a battery and not using the charger output to power DC devices), and I'm pretty sure the voltage is a lot cleaner coming from the converter.
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:25 PM   #21
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Update

I received the EU2000i from Mayberrys in three days. The price was $899 plus $35 for the bracket and $18 for the cover. No tax or shipping cost. I checked another source that was $20 cheaper but would not offer the bracket and could not ship to an address different from the billing address. Their loss.

I've tried the generator in all the modes and it works just fine and it is quieter than I had expected. Even quieter in the eco mode. I plugged the AS right into it as it was on shore power, which it was.

The "theft deterrent" bracket is just that: enough material to saw through to slow the bad guys down. It's an 1/8" steel stamped shield that bolts with allen screws over the plastic handle.

As far as where to carry it and how to "secure" it. The attached pics can speak for themselves. The 5/8" cable and a good padlock attached to the A-frame is my best bet for security. If anyone wants to take it and can get by the bracket, the cable, the lock, my dog, and my bullets, they can have it and I wish them well. Like anything else, if someone wants something really bad they will find a way to get it. Fortunately, we have yet to find really bad people in the RV crowd. I'm sure there are some, but haven't found them yet...





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Looks good Frank, thanks for all the info and pics!
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:13 AM   #23
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Looks good mounted like that. Thanks for the pic update. That cover and cable should slow em down till the items in the last picture can arrive on scene.LOL.
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Sorry, some dumb questions from someone who doesn't yet own a generator:

Where does everyone stow the generator when you are on the road, in the pickup bed? Or, is that just personal choice?

For convenience, it would be nice to semi-permanently mount it somewhere on the outside of the trailer, but does that just invite thieves?

Also, I assume when boondocking, the generator(s) (while running) are located some distance from the trailer to prevent carbon-monoxide from building up inside? Or, is it safe to mount it/them on the tongue or back bumper (again, while running)?
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Old 08-12-2010, 02:45 PM   #25
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No, those aren't dumb questions at all. I usually chain my generator to either the A-frame or a decent sized tree for short trips from the campsite (we prefer boondocking). If we plan on being gone for hours at a time, we bring it with us and chain it up in the bed of our pickup. When running the generator, you want it to be a good distance from the trailer. Winds sometimes don't cooperate and will blow the exhaust towards the trailer, but moving the generator can usually eliminate that problem.
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There is somebody on the forum that posted some pics in the past where he puts his generators in a little pop up tent away from his trailer and keeps his generators in there.
It sounds like a good idea as the tent keeps the gens out of the weather and out of site. I suppose they can still be chained to a near by tree while in the tent.
I have not bought a portable generator(s) yet to try the idea myself, but hope to one of these days.
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And I thougt this was a generator thread....

Good looking dog, and looks like a good hunt, too!
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There is somebody on the forum that posted some pics in the past where he puts his generators in a little pop up tent away from his trailer and keeps his generators in there.
It sounds like a good idea as the tent keeps the gens out of the weather and out of site. I suppose they can still be chained to a near by tree while in the tent.
I have not bought a portable generator(s) yet to try the idea myself, but hope to one of these days.
That's a great idea. I LIKE IT!
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