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Old 02-01-2009, 12:45 PM   #1
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I'm battery baffled

Ok.. let's talk battery!

We just got back from our trip to SoCal & NV.. and did our first non-hookup stay in Morro Bay State Park.. We thought it was time to start the dry camping testing..I must say we're totally confused with the Battery monitor.. We basically stayed 2 nights w/o AC.. The monitor at first showed "Good" when we initially pulled in.. We took showers (yes we take them in the Escape) & ran 2 lights a couple of hours..Went to bed the Monitor fluctuated from "Good" to "Fair".. seemed to read "Fair" when under a load (if the lights were on) and then "Good" when everything was off. Day two we woke up the monitor was "Good" .. that night we came back ran the lights a tad the monitor seem to be back on "Fair" ran the furnace the monitor went flashed "Fair to weak" while furnace running.. . Woke up Day 3 (which is always a good thing) used the furnace for 10 min to heat up the Escape, the monitor was "Fair".. Went about our business and two hours later monitor was back to "Good"..

I know it's not a exact science, but we are just thinking.. Is the monitor reading correctly.. Do we have a magic Battery that recharges itself (which would be absolutely Great!) or do we use the reading at Load time of the true battery state..

Just trying to get a handle on how long we can do the dry camp w/o hook-up/generator/solar.. Should the rule of thumb be 3 nights with moderate use?

Hope this isn't too confusing..

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Old 02-01-2009, 01:16 PM   #2
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Re: I'm battery baffled

Hi Jeff
I believe the monitor measures the battery voltage so therefore when you have a draw on the battery
(lights, pump etc.) the battery voltage drops a little and thus gives you a different reading.
For a true indication of the battery condition you need to make sure there is no draw on it.
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Old 02-01-2009, 04:20 PM   #3
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Re: I'm battery baffled

Hi: Jeff... Maybe you were camping next to "The Energizer Bunny"!!!
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Old 02-01-2009, 05:45 PM   #4
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So that was the drum sound we heard all night..
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Old 02-03-2009, 05:16 PM   #5
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Re: I'm battery baffled

Just a quick follow-up... On average consumption of power.. How many days/night (for dry camping) can you expect to get on a fully charged battery... Not looking for absolutes just a general rule of thumb/idea..
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Old 02-20-2009, 03:06 AM   #6
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Hi: JeffZ... I went to visit "Our Escape Hatch" last weekend. It's been in storage since early Oct. and has just started chirping Lo. batt. warning I think but there's still enough life left to light up a light inside. Only trouble was I had to get out and leave so sad
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Old 02-20-2009, 11:33 AM   #7
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Re: I'm battery baffled

I think it's the propane detector is chirping because of the low battery.. I hate to say thisb but we're probably going to go the generator route for extended trips.. We like using the Microwave and we think we can just get by with the Honda 1000, but undecided at this point (could get the 2000)
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Re: I'm battery baffled

Hi Jeff,
If you are getting air conditioning on your new 19 even the 2000 won't run it
I am looking at a new 2800, it looks just like the 2000 Honda.
Still waiting for the fellow at the local RV parts dept. to get back to
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Re: I'm battery baffled

There are some folks with A/C units out there that are running with the 2000. I assume the draw is too much for the one on the Escape? I don't plan to get A/C yet, just have it ready for it should I ever decide to spend a bunch of time in hot climates.

If you are just using a gen set for charging the battery, and running a couple lights or the computer, the 1000 would be just fine. I am dealing with this contemplation too. Anything larger, even the Yamaha 2400, starts to become to big of a physical size to carry around. I have the Yamaha EF300iSEB, which is a great unit, by there is no way I am taking it on the road with me.

I am also considering a solar charging system. I would likely go with one that is portable. I saw where someone built a simple frame where 2 decent sized panels folded together. I really don't want to permanently mount solar panels.
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