I just read an older post from last December and January of this year. The discussion was about charging the LQ batteries. I always have my trailer plugged in at home so I haven't had any issues other than I recently camped primitively (and I rarely camp without electricity), for 3 nights and by the 3rd morning my batteries had lost most of their charge. So I hooked the trailer up to my truck and ran the truck for a while. This only worked for a very short time, then my batteries went completely dead, however after driving/pulling for 3 hours my batteries are working (okay?). My questions are: 1. I was careful to conserve battery power so is this normal for the batteries to drain that quickly? I was intrigued by the solar powered battery trickle charger but worried there won't be enough sun to power the charger where I camp...in wooded areas and because we have a lot of cloudy days here in Indiana! Options and Expense?
Posted 2017-06-04 6:07 PM (#169990 - in reply to #169987) Subject: RE: LQ batteries
Location: Los Angeles, Ca.
All sounds pretty normal to me.
Your truck will charge the batteries but only slowly. You might look into a small Honda inverter generator..about $700 for the 1000 watt or $1100 for the 2000 watt. Both will charge the batteries and the larger one will run the microwave and more. ..but not the air conditioner... two of the 2000 watt generators connected together will run the a/c
Posted 2017-06-04 7:19 PM (#169991 - in reply to #169987) Subject: RE: LQ batteries
Location: Rayne, LA
?One thing to keep in mind with the 1000 & 2000 Honda generators is that they only have a 1 gallon fuel tank. So depending on the load the run time may be limited, Definetly enough to charge a battery, but if twinned to run an A/C they will not run a roof mounted unit all night. You would have to use an auxillary fuel tank. They are cheap on fuel but the extra tank is a must. I have ran one for 10 hours with a 5000 btu window unit but not a roof mounted unit.
Posted 2017-06-08 10:16 AM (#170025 - in reply to #169987) Subject: RE: LQ batteries
How old are your batteries? The older batteries used to last a good long time (as in being good for a few years) but the last ones I had did not hold a charge very long. I asked the battery salesman and he said due to current regulations, batteries have changed significantly & they will NOT last anywhere near as long as previously. Darned expensive to have to replace more often.
Posted 2017-06-10 7:53 AM (#170035 - in reply to #169990) Subject: RE: LQ batteries
Thanks for all the responses! The batteries are interstate batteries purchased in october of 2015....$200 My A/C is a 13,500 btu roof mount and I would like to someday get the 2 generators to run everything, especially A/C . Sounds like I would need to carry plenty of fuel with me.