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Old 09-12-2017, 12:34 PM   #1
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battery 2 6v vs 1 12v for new 19'

I live in hot climate, use a/c often, so I have generator for that purpose.

My current trailer has 1 12v battery and seems to work well for me. When I'm off shore power, I run the gen an 1 hour or so, maybe 1 day out of 3 or 4. That keeps battery charged for what I'm doing: kitchen vent fan, magic fan, bathroom fan, lights, water pump, etc. Of course if I need a/c, I run the gen.

I'm thinking I don't need 2 6v batteries or 1500w inverter for that matter. Best I can tell, 2 6v batteries and 1500w inverter are for trailers using solar power? Since I need and have gen, I don't plan to order solar panel for new 19'.

I'm pretty light on anything electrical, so looking for more information, want to make sure I understand the trade offs. Any comments welcomed, thanks.
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I live in hot climate, use a/c often, so I have generator for that purpose.

My current trailer has 1 12v battery and seems to work well for me. When I'm off shore power, I run the gen an 1 hour or so, maybe 1 day out of 3 or 4. That keeps battery charged for what I'm doing: kitchen vent fan, magic fan, bathroom fan, lights, water pump, etc. Of course if I need a/c, I run the gen.

I'm thinking I don't need 2 6v batteries or 1500w inverter for that matter. Best I can tell, 2 6v batteries and 1500w inverter are for trailers using solar power? Since I need and have gen, I don't plan to order solar panel for new 19'.

I'm pretty light on anything electrical, so looking for more information, want to make sure I understand the trade offs. Any comments welcomed, thanks.
If you don't seem to run out of battery power then keep things the way they are. I like to only spend on the necessities, (that said) a lot of Escape Forum members are likely to disagree with my/this advice.
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Old 09-12-2017, 12:51 PM   #3
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As long as you are fine with running your generator then I would think the single 12v would serve your needs. I have one, but don't like using it in campgrounds, so we went with dual 6's and solar. As Donna says. YMMV.
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Old 09-12-2017, 01:03 PM   #4
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we got the 2x6V for the amp hours and solar.. if you dont plan on getting solar the single 12V should be sufficient... aside from AC (and unless you run the fridge in DC) nothing in the trailer really eats up much power...
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If you are connected to the grid, or able to run a gen set once in a while, one battery will work fine. I don't use a gen set as I don't usually have much need for A/C, and will look for a campsite with power if I do, but I do camp a lot off the grid for many days at a time, often using the furnace a lot which is the biggest battery drain, so I have opted for dual 6V in my past 3 trailers.
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Old 09-12-2017, 01:29 PM   #6
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So Jim, with 2 6v batteries do you have the 1500w inverter? Thanks
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Old 09-12-2017, 01:50 PM   #7
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So Jim, with 2 6v batteries do you have the 1500w inverter? Thanks
I have one, I just have to get it installed. If you are considering one, definitely get Escape to install it. I wavered and never got it as an option, then we decided to install one, and it cost me near as much for materials only.
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I like to only spend on the necessities, (that said) a lot of Escape Forum members are likely to disagree with my/this advice.
I agree!

Isn't it time for the invention of ac running on solar by now? Wouldn't that be nice?!?!
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You only need the inverter if you want to run something that's 120vac when the generator isn't running and you are not hooked up to city power.

You need the 2 batteries if you have the inverter, or you want to be able to go longer without hooking to city power, or run the inverter as often.

Solar allows you to go longer without city power or the generator but will not run your A/C.

If you need to run your A/C without city power, then you have to carry the generator. If you don't mind carrying and running the generator when needed, then there is no need for more battery storage or an inverter.

I have a Honda 2k, used it for our last trailer. Hated the noise of this quiet generator. I found the few times I needed it it took more like 4-6 hours to get the battery close to full from 50%ish. But then we don't live in the south where A/C is mandatory.
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Old 09-12-2017, 02:45 PM   #10
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CharlesPou,
Since you already have a 12v battery and if you decide you want more battery power, add another 12v battery. Living in 'Sun' country, I'd definitely add solar and cut down on running the gen. The decision to add an inverter is a whole new question unrelated to adding solar.

I really doubt that running your generator for an hour ... maybe one day out of 3 or 4 days would be enough to pump up your batteries to "full". Might be enough to bring them up to 80% but generally getting them from 80% to "full" will take longer.

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