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Old 06-16-2012, 02:03 PM   #1
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I have a camper that I usually hook up at electrical camp sites. I am now venturing off to non-electrical camp sites. There is a battery already hooked up to it. When unplugged the battery runs a few lights in the camper, but non of the plugs. Is this normal? It would be nice to be able to charge an ipod from the outlets.

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I have a camper that I usually hook up at electrical camp sites. I am now venturing off to non-electrical camp sites. There is a battery already hooked up to it. When unplugged the battery runs a few lights in the camper, but non of the plugs. Is this normal? It would be nice to be able to charge an ipod from the outlets.

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If all you want to do is charge an iPod, then I suggest just buying a car accessory kit that will allow you to do so.

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I have a camper that I usually hook up at electrical camp sites. I am now venturing off to non-electrical camp sites. There is a battery already hooked up to it. When unplugged the battery runs a few lights in the camper, but non of the plugs. Is this normal? It would be nice to be able to charge an ipod from the outlets.

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The electrical system in the RV supplies 12 volts DC to the lights from the battery. The receptacles do not work unless you are plugged in.
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You are going to need an inverter. Also, unless you have a means of recharging the battery, it would be pointless. I would get one of the small sized Honda generators to take with you. That way, not only can you keep the battery charged, but you also can have 120 anytime you need.

There are Solar charges also, but again you need sun to do it.
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With the camper roof surface area you might get quite a bit energy from a solar panel.

10 sq. meters of area will give you 1600W, max, for five hours or so.
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Charging an ipod doesn't require 120V. Just use a 12V car charger. The 12V lighter receptacles in the camper should work fine. But if you want to run other things, you'll need an inverter - and a way to charge the batteries. Solar panels are expensive but a very practical solution.
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When I am away from hookups use the 12v power points that I installed in my camper (same as the 12v powerpoint in a vehicle) with small 75w power inverters for charging the kids electronic devices. I run my generator during the day to charge up the camper batteries and to use the microwave, coffee maker etc......

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