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Old 02-12-2007, 04:15 PM   #1
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We boondock in the DEC parks in the Adirondacks every fall. We try to go there late September/eary October to catch the leaves turning.

Usually the temps get quite chilly at night, around 30-40 F. No hookups; therefore the furnace runs off battery.

We run the generator mornings to recharge the batteries. Regs state you can run the generator from 9-11am and 4-7pm.

One evening it was quite cold, with the furnace running constantly; woke up to a very low battery. Couldn't get the generator started since it cranks off the coach batteries. Batteries had run down to about 11 Volts.

Finally had to jump the coach batteries to the engine batteries to start the generator to recharge the coach batteries.

Moral of the story -- make sure you check your coach battery voltages to make sure they don't run below 12V. Run that generator daily to recharge the coach batteries in cold weather.
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We boondock in the DEC parks in the Adirondacks every fall. We try to go there late September/eary October to catch the leaves turning.

Usually the temps get quite chilly at night, around 30-40 F. No hookups; therefore the furnace runs off battery.

We run the generator mornings to recharge the batteries. Regs state you can run the generator from 9-11am and 4-7pm.

One evening it was quite cold, with the furnace running constantly; woke up to a very low battery. Couldn't get the generator started since it cranks off the coach batteries. Batteries had run down to about 11 Volts.

Finally had to jump the coach batteries to the engine batteries to start the generator to recharge the coach batteries.

Moral of the story -- make sure you check your coach battery voltages to make sure they don't run below 12V. Run that generator daily to recharge the coach batteries in cold weather.
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Old 02-12-2007, 04:24 PM   #3
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I carry one of those portable battery pack jump start kits, incase all the batteries get to low. You just have to remember to charge it now and then.

What are the DEC parks?

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DEC stands for Department of Environmental Conservation. In NYS, the park systems are controlled by the state park system, and the DEC. The DEC parks are primitive, with no hookups. There are showers/flush toilets available, and water/dump stations in the DEC parks. They are generally in the most beautiful parts of the Adirondacks.

The state parks have electric, along with showers/flush toilets/running water/dump stations.

Most of the DEC parks in the Adirondacks have sites which allow you to back right up to the lakes, with the Loons singing their songs every day. Can't beat it. If you haven't heard the call of the Loon you ain't lived.

Great mountains in the background and all kinds of critters in the area, including bears.

Ya gotta try it some time!
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Old 02-13-2007, 03:40 PM   #5
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Don, I looked at some of these parks a few yrs ago, question is are they big rig accessable ? They told me some of these parks are way back in on dirt roads at best. Also remember Batteries go down real quick in colder weather, if no one was there I woulda run the genny all night. who ya gonna keep up, the bears?
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I have (and had) a 34' coach (closer to 35'), and I have never had a problem getting into a site in the DEC parks. Granted, some are not accomodating, but since they don't always take reservations, and we go late in the season, we generally drive around and pick a site we fit into, and then come back to register.

Yes, the batteries do run down, but pleeeeeeaaase don't run your generator all night. That's the beauty of the Adirondacks. The quiet, and the critters making critter sounds.

We have camped on cold nights requiring the furnace to run all night. The batteries do just fine if you charge them up each day and pay attention to the battery voltage. I only got in trouble once when I didn't give the batteries enought time to charge the day before.

The one's I've been to have been off paved roads, and the park roads themselves have been paved.
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Don, only run generator in the coldest weather when no one else was in the campground. sheesh!!

Now you can hear that Bear clawing and chewing on the side of yer Motorhome at night
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Yep. Just like home......
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