I'll been reading for a couple of years but not been posting. My wife and I purchased a new Northern Lite
16' trailer a year and a half ago. We got a good deal and used it 3 nights on the way home from where we purchased it, in Duncan on Vancouver Island in BC. Our tow vehicle is a 2009 Tacoma with v6 4x4 and towing package. It pulls the (16' on paper, but i'm guessing deleting the significant tongue length, its more like 13-14') very easily so my initial experience has been good. We live in a rented apartment so it was necessary to rent a storage space at a nearby lot, but that was a nightmare for me, as a noobie to towing. The space was small, slightly sloped, and the room for parking it was extremely minimal. After initially putting it there (at which time a group of young people screamed and swore at me for taking too long to park it) we avoided it like the plague. Fast forward a year and I found a new place with much larger spaces and lots of room to maneuver. We've used it for 5 nights this summer and are planning a two week excursion to Banff and Jasper AB.
The first night we camped in it this summer, the battery
was dead, after driving 2.5hrs to our local haunt, Manning Park. We had a truck and camper in the past and when we drove up to Manning, our rv battery
was fully charged and lasted 4 or more nights, even in the cold, so we expected the same result with the truck alternator charging the trailer battery
all the way there. Ok, so now we understand that will not be happening with our present tv and trailer setup
. We bought a Yamaha 2000is generator
and went to the trailer to try it out. We started the generator
and plugged the trailer's landline into the 110v outlet on the yamaha. I let it run for an hour and then the next day another hour. The inside display showed we now had a partial charge, so I figured we were good to go and would be able to run the gen for an hour each day in our campsite to recharge. We left the trailer for a week before our next trip and the power was depleted by the trailer's gas sensors etc. I had expected that and we partially charged the battery again at the campsite, as planned. We didn't need to use anything other than a couple of lights
late at night (we went to observe a meteor shower). Ok, thats fine but we have no idea whether or not the battery is damaged by sitting for a year and being totally discharged or if we can charge it fully and be fine for our trip, which will include cold nights and the use of our furnace
We don't anticipate having a plug-in site. We will be camped on the Icefields parkway between Banff and Jasper.
Last week I purchased a proper battery charger and plan on hooking that up to the battery at the storage facility and power it from the generator
to charge the battery fully, I hope. Apparently the battery charger will run 16v or so for the first while to more quickly charge the battery. Have any of you had any experience with this? If you have to keep the trailer at a storage facility and live in an apartment, what do you do? I'm not sure I like the idea of bringing the lead acid battery home to charge in our apartment...maybe one of those non-liquid filled batteries might work? Any suggestions? Would you bring an rv battery into your apartment and charge it on your balcony, for instance? Thanks in advance for any insight any of you may have for me!