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Old 03-31-2019, 12:52 PM   #1
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1995 Jayco 222RK Eagle Class C Dry camping question

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Newbie here, we bought a late model 1995 Jayco 222RK eagle class c that I now realize only has 1 12V house battery. We want to do some 2 or 3 day off grid camping here in Oregon so some nights get chilly. I am realizing that our electric blanket or space heater pull too much to work on 12v system. I tried to run Attwood propane heater on just battery but the heat didn't kick on, just the fan. I need to try the heat run on battery again. Did some research and wondering if the fan speed didn't kick up enough to open the gas valve. Any thoughts? Also, wondering if I get the heat figured out and it runs on battery how many hours I might get of heat use on low setting before battery drain? Thanks for your thoughts

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Old 04-03-2019, 09:52 PM   #2
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I suspect your 12 volt battery is a marine battery rather than a true deep cycle battery. It may also be bad. Take it to an auto parts shop to see if it is good.

If it is a marine battery, you should consider upgrading to a true deep cycle 12 volt battery or, instead, upgrade to two 6 volt golf cart deep cycle batteries. Either option should be able to support the spark on your propane heater for several days unless you use other dc appliances (lights, TV, etc.) too much and run down the batteries.

However, you should consider running the generator for 2 or 3 hours each day to recharge the house batteries.

Also, you it may be useful to read this: The 12volt Side of Life (Part 1)
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