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Battery recharges on the road. How do you do it?

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New boat owner here planning some multi-day trips to Dale Hollow and a few others this season. 

 

When I get there and have fished for the day I am sure my less than stellar boat control will have the TM battery(s) screaming to be plugged in for a few hours!

 

How do some of you deal with this situation? I am sure some hotel/motels have accommodation for this but how many? I have not made any reservations yet, but soon!

 

Generator in truck? Pls share some ideas.

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Be sure to embark on your trip with fully-charged batteries,

and they should hold their charge during the trip to your destination.

Whether or not the lodge or motel claims to provide an electrical outlet,

always pack a looong extension cord to stay in charge.

 

Roger

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I have a converter that I plug into my truck's outlet, and the converter allows me to plug the TM charger into that. I usually charge it 20-30 minutes on, hour off. Just because I don't like idling my truck. Its lasted me for 4 day trips, fishing every day almost all day. But I do try to conserve as much juice in the battery as possible when I'm using the TM.

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Extension cords become a part of your life as a bass fisherman ;).  Invest in some good quality, heavier gauge cords.  A 100' cord is worth it's price tag.  A few shorter ones will be helpful too as will a heavy duty splitter.  Running cords from your hotel/motel room out the boat is common practice at places that don't have outlets near the parking or docking areas.  

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3 choices; stay overnight where they offer RV/Boat electrical outlets and carry an outdoor extension cord, buy a small portable gas powered generator, install a tow vehicle boat battery charging system. 

Tom

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3 minutes ago, WRB said:

3 choices; stay overnight where they offer RV/Boat electrical outlets and carry an outdoor extension cord, buy a small portable gas powered generator, install a tow vehicle boat battery charging system. 

Tom

What does a tow vehicle boat battery charging system entail?

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Luckily most of the places we have stayed over the years offer outside electrical outlets and we charge the batteries with thier permission.  A lot of places close to large lakes have them IF you ask.

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19 minutes ago, Bass Turd said:

What does a tow vehicle boat battery charging system entail?

Stay n Charge has (or had?) a good system, go online and search tow vehicle boat battery charging systems.

Tom

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in 45 years I have never been to a motel that I couldn't plug in. sometimes it means plugging in the room itself. I always ask before I make a reservation. if the motel is anywhere near a lake, they are usually fishermen friendly.

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Any campground nearby is worth a look too. And usually cheaper than a hotel/motel.

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