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Russellvh

RVF Supporter
Joined
Nov 18, 2021
Messages
123
Location
Home based out of the Colony, Texas
RV Year
2022
RV Make
Forest River
RV Model
Wildcat Fifth-wheel
RV Length
36.5
TOW/TOAD
2019 Ford F-250.
Fulltimer
Yes
Obviously I’ve not boondocked before. If I am boondocking I can look at the tanks to know when I have to get or dump water. Is there any gauge or meter that will tell me how much power is remaking? Other than being in the dark is there a way to know what % power we have left?
 

redbaron

Staff member
RVF Moderator
Joined
Nov 3, 2019
Messages
2,102
RV Year
2022
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
London Aire 4551
RV Length
45
Chassis
Spartan
TOW/TOAD
2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
Batteries have a "fuel-Gauge" option called a battery monitor or SOC. These can be added stand alone. Look at Victron Energy for a reference.
 

B52Bombardier1

At Cruise Speed
Joined
Nov 28, 2021
Messages
86
Location
Louisiana
RV Year
2007
RV Make
Explorer
RV Model
Scout
RV Length
18 feet
TOW/TOAD
2017 Chevy Silverado 4x4
Fulltimer
No
Generally speaking for me, if I can keep my battery voltage above 12.6, I'm happy and this 12.6 number is the typical full charge level for 12 volt automotive styles of batteries. My solar panel charge controller screen has a voltmeter which makes seeing this voltage level easy but any inexpensive Harbor Freight multimeter would be OK to use.

The main battery will eventually drop down to 12.1 or so by morning before my panels start putting some power back in. You don't want to let a lead-acid twelve volt battery become overly deep discharged too many times because this will damage the plates inside the battery case - time for a new battery. If the main trailer battery starts to get much lower than 12.0 volts, I will kick on the Jackery Explorer 500 power center battery to supplement the main RV battery and prevent damaging it. Then the panels recharge both the next day.

Rick
 

Rich W.

Fire Service 46 years; semi-retired
RVF Supporter
Joined
Jan 19, 2021
Messages
1,004
Location
Grass Valley Ca
RV Year
2016
RV Make
Newmar
RV Model
Ventana 3427
RV Length
35
Chassis
Freightliner XCR
Engine
6.7 ISB 360/800
TOW/TOAD
2001 Jeep Wrangler, M&G air brake system, Blue Ox bar
Fulltimer
No
Here’s a common, reliable, aftermarket battery monitoring:

If you want something a little more modern theres this:

Or the 712 with bluetooth if that interests you.
 

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