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Old 11-29-2014, 08:16 AM   #1
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Cold weather tailgating

Hi all. As you may know I'm a new owner of a 2014.5 lounge ext. I'm going to practice tailgate today at our neighborhood Turkeybowl gathering. Temperature is a balmy 28 rising to 40. I'll be running the furnace a bit to provide a "warming hut". Do I need to run the generator or just keep an eye on battery level. And at what point should I crank up the generator?

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Old 11-29-2014, 08:37 AM   #2
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Hey SB

With a full battery charge, you should be good for 8 hours. The furnace blower depletes the battery more than any other stock equipment. Know that a battery reading 12 volts is considered dead. A resting voltage( about 8 hours after charging ) of at least 12.6 is considered full. While charging…your batts could be around 13.4 volts.
In answer to your question, crank up the jenny when you get close to 12 volts. I have a little cheap meter that plugs into the cigarette lighter style socket.
I recommend having two batteries, and unplug the trailer from the tow vehicle so you won't run down it's battery
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Old 11-29-2014, 02:34 PM   #3
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Just keep an eye on the solar controller display panel..... press the black button repeatedly until it displays the battery charge in percentage. It's a matter of opinion, but my opinion is not to let it go below 50%.

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Old 11-29-2014, 03:27 PM   #4
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Hmmm ..... tailgate gathering ..... warming hut - I'm guessing door open and shut a lot - tours of the trailer - door left open a lot - pretty much all lights on - water pump running more than usual ..... I think I'd be running the generator from the get-go - then forget about any monitoring of the voltage and join the party .....

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Old 11-29-2014, 04:51 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone for your hints and suggestions, There were a lot of tours and showing, there were other warming sources (patio heaters, fire pit). At one point the batteries appeared to be down at 65% so I cranked up the generator to give it some exercise. All in all a great afternoon.

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