how often shore power vs. battery power is used

Discussion in 'Power - Site Power/Batteries/Generators/Solar' started by kcormier19, Oct 23, 2017.

  1. roybraddy

    roybraddy Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2016
    King George, Virginia
    We mostly camp OFF-ROAD with our trailer and I have three 12V BATTERIES installed on my OFF-ROAD POPUP Camper.

    The only question I have about not having a battery is that if your trailer is equipped with ELECTRIC BRAKES our state requires you have a working battery installed on the trailer in the event the trailer may become disconnected from the tow vehicles going over public roads. The on-board trailer battery is used to stop your run-away trailer using the Trailer installed electric brakes.

    This will happen when a BREAK SWITCH pin get pulled when the trailer becomes disconnected from the truck. ALot of older trailers are not equipped with installed brakes. In our State there is a weight number for any trailer being pulled over public roads requiring Trailer Brakes... Our state also requires a Trailer License Plate and a yearly safety inspection as well...

    Just something to check on in your situation... Its a required SAFETY thing in our State. Each State does it differently... Check with your local DOT/DMV office...

    Roy Ken
  2. kcormier19

    kcormier19 Member

    Sep 12, 2017
    I asked the question to learn from others experience. Sometimes it is not a good idea to be ignorant of options before you set out on your own journey so I thought it was wise to ask.
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  3. theseus

    theseus Centerville, OH

    Feb 6, 2007
    Centerville, OH
    Well put! Most of us encourage questions. There are many things to learn if you only ask....
  4. tombiasi

    tombiasi Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2012
    Northwestern New Jersey
    Thank you for the answer to my question. Some people also need to ask questions of questions.
  5. 1380ken

    1380ken Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2013
    Not sure if that is a question or a statement?
  6. Halford

    Halford Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2011
    Santa Clarita, California
    when I camp, I aim for sites with hook ups. The only time I do not have hook up is when I go to rallies.
  7. McFlyfi

    McFlyfi Active Member

    Aug 1, 2014
    I've never camped with hook ups...but that will change on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
    We're going to a county park that has both. Since we've never been at a site with hookups, and our Niagara has all the bells & whistles, we decided, "What the hell!". The cost wasn't much more, although I suspect the site will be among a flat, denuded section of the park with a sweet view of our neighbor's backside.
    But we'll get more than a Navy shower, no worries about the furnace, and all the 110 electrical appliances the DW would care to bring along.
  8. tombiasi

    tombiasi Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2012
    Northwestern New Jersey
    Why aren't you sure? Did you see the "?" ?
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  9. davido

    davido Active Member

    Jul 17, 2014
    About 1/2 to 2/3rds of my trips have shore power.

    I seek campsites that have shore power when I'm aware that the weather is going to be challenging: Either cold, or very hot. That way I can run a space heater in addition to my furnace, or can run the air conditioner.

    If the weather is more moderate, I don't worry whether or not I have shore power. In those cases, I have a dual-battery system on the PUP. Those two batteries will power my furnace's blower and the rest of my fair weather electrical needs for about four to six nights.

    Bringing a battery is always necessary, even when I'm anticipating using a full-hookups site, because the battery will power the brakes if the break-away switch gets tripped.

    The battery power will not handle things like long-term laptop use, running a microwave, space heater, or air conditioner. Battery power is great for the "simple life" needs: Water pump, occasional furnace use, water heater solenoid, cell/tablet charging, lights.
  10. tenttrailer

    tenttrailer Art & Joyce - Columbus, O

    Jul 18, 2013
    Thornville, OH
    we dry camp about 40% of the time. Mainly in spring and fall we dry camp 80+ %. DW likes AC when it goes above 90F. For spring and fall we have a group 31 battery. If camping longer than 2 nights in heating season. We either bring solar panels if it's going to be sunny or a 800 w honda generator if its going to be overcast.

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