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Old 07-16-2008, 11:39 PM   #1
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Hi I am not sure if this question has come up before, forgive me if it has.

I am very new to van camping. Recently had my Dodge caravan converted.

My question is about the van's aux battery. I have no way of knowing how discharged the battery is when I am dry camping.

Is there a meter of some kind that can be attached to this battery and wired into the wall inside the van so that I can tell at a glance how the battery is doing. My plan would be to run the van engine for a while if the battery got low.

I know one can purchase a generator that would take care of this problem but they are expensive and I don't want to carry gas inside the camper. Running the van engine even with todays gas prices would be cheaper than the $1000 Honda generator
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:49 PM   #2
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Welshone, what you are referring to is a voltmeter. There's a big variety of them and I'm sure someone here can recommend a specific one.

You might go over here and search one out. WARNING- They tend to be a mite expensive outside of sales at this place..

www.campingworld.com

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Old 07-17-2008, 12:09 AM   #3
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Welshone, generators don't have to cost that much. I have this one and I like it. Louder than the Honda though.
http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...3480_200313480
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Check this post in the B+ section:

http://classbforum.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=561

Dario added one with a toggle switch so that he can check the house battery or the chassis battery. Pretty smart idea.
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Real smart idea. I like it. I think one of the things I need in the future is a volt meter, so I'll file this one away.
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Check this post in the B+ section:

http://classbforum.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=561

Dario added one with a toggle switch so that he can check the house battery or the chassis battery. Pretty smart idea.
Thanks to all for responding; I will look into the volt meter setup that has been suggested.
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