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Old 10-30-2011, 05:12 PM   #1
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Gonna take our new-to-us 2002 34' Damon down to the gulf coast for the winter.
Have replaced the coach batteries with new (2) DEKA 6V GC10's, which are rated for somewhere between 190 or 215 AH's.

We are not planning on stopping at campgrounds on the way down.
Will I have any issues with dry-camping nites on a battery-bank that is this small ?

The trip will be ~ 5 days ..... should I plan on stocking the refer with food here at home and running it 24hrs/day on the trip, or should I leave it empty (save the propane & battery).

Is the chassis battery protected (disconnected) from being discharged by use of the coach batteries at nite ?

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Old 10-30-2011, 05:40 PM   #2
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Yes the chassis batteries are isolated from the house batteries. Use the frig. When they are on propane they sure don't use much propane. If needed you can by propane on the road from any Flying J truckstop and also dump your tanks. If you are not using a generator then make sure you only turn on the lights in the immediate area where you are at. If the batteries run low and you can't start the generator next morning then use the BOOST switch on the dash to jump the batteries so you get the generator started. Also the propane furnaces do not use that much power for the fans.
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:06 AM   #3
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Keep in mind that the fridge and furnace need good dc voltage to the circuit boards to operate...Normally if you get down to around 12v or less they won't...
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:05 PM   #4
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Trip South

I usually go South in February from Ct to Fl. Unless I leave when the temps are above 30-32 degrees I keep my water tank empty. Otherwise I fill it up. We spend about 4 days on the road (old f-rts). We keep gallon containers of water to flush the toilet. When we stop at night in a rest area I set the temps on my house heater at 60-62 and am quite comfortable. We run off of the house bateries (not the chassis one) My HR is insulated well. I close all of my shades etc. When we start up the next day the batteries are getting charged for the next night.
We both take a Navy shower after the second day (how dirty can we get?). Sometimes (if we haven't put in an fresh water) we stop at a campground in So. Carolina on the second night. We fill up our water tanks and flush all of the rest there.

The rest of the trip is easy and clean and warm.
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We will be leaving Rochester on Nov 18, we have left as late as Jan 4 and frequently in very cold weather. We always take one night dry camp on the way to our children's house and have never had a battery problem, yet. I'm probably asking for it as our 2 Trojan 105s are original equipment - 7 years old. We have maintained propane refer, furnace and CPAP machine (running direct on 12 V not through an inverter) through the night. Drive time during the day brings the batteries back to full charge.

If we do any serious cooking, we may run the generator for an hour or so in order to have full charge before lights out. We have replaced many of our most used lights with LEDs to reduce energy demand and we now have solar to top things up if we stay put.

We plan on stocking with food as we go, but clean out the house because we will be away for months. We also get the water system up and running before leaving. This means starting the furnace and keeping the coach warm - 55 - until we are ready to roll. that way we are set to dry camp without having to play tent camper with water jugs - been there done that don;t need to go back.
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