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Old 03-14-2018, 11:16 PM   #1
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New owner of an Atlas 5th Wheel.

Pick it up on Saturday. It is a new model so I am diving in without a whole lot of information, but hey, someone has to do it. I do have a question about the in-command system. I do a lot of dry camping and just wanted to know how hard is it on the battery. Seems like if it is on monitoring the rig it would obviously be draining on my battery. I have a portable generator but I don't want to constantly have to charge batteries just to keep it running.
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Old 03-14-2018, 11:59 PM   #2
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Pick it up on Saturday. It is a new model so I am diving in without a whole lot of information, but hey, someone has to do it. I do have a question about the in-command system. I do a lot of dry camping and just wanted to know how hard is it on the battery. Seems like if it is on monitoring the rig it would obviously be draining on my battery. I have a portable generator but I don't want to constantly have to charge batteries just to keep it running.
Congrats on your purchase. TWO batteries are better than one for dry camping. They run down pretty quickly so the generator will come in handy. Takes a long time to charge them. Maybe you should consider a solar option for battery and dry camping. They're pretty reasonable now.

Stove, hot water heater, and fridge can run on gas. The propane igniter depends on battery for it to start. Lamps in the coach should be LED, if not, replace them.

This may help (a little)

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Thanks for the reply. I was actually wondering what kind of draw the in-command system has on batteries. Seems like it would put quite a strain on them. Not sure how smart the dealer will actually be on it.
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Thanks for the reply. I was actually wondering what kind of draw the in-command system has on batteries. Seems like it would put quite a strain on them. Not sure how smart the dealer will actually be on it.
DON'T DEPEND ON THE DEALER FOR INFORMATION. They're sales guys and you know what happens when their lips are moving. Also, there are checklists here that are VERY helpful for RV Pre Pickup Examinations. Do a little search for them.
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Old 03-15-2018, 01:31 AM   #5
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Thanks again, great idea found one. They may hate seeing me coming
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Thanks again, great idea found one. They may hate seeing me coming
Make them fix anything you find. Be patient but tough and thorough.
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Old 03-16-2018, 03:52 AM   #7
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My unofficial response on the inCommand system is that it draws very little power. It is like a small tablet or a smartphone that doesnít even have a color screen. It uses Bluetooth to connect which is fairly low power. It also dims after a little while so I canít imagine you need to worry about it.

However, this is all speculation and I really have no true information.


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Old 03-16-2018, 09:19 AM   #8
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In my experience, leaving the batteries connected, they will eventually drain due to the fact that the "systems" are still using power. The radio, the TV, the Microwave, the in command system, all those things are draining the battery and eventually, the battery will be dead (happens in storage all the time). I put a 100 watt solar panel on my RV to maintain the battery and keep those "vampires" from sucking the life out of the battery. the on command system may not draw that much current but together, they do. The best way to figure out how much power it draws is to look in the manual for standby power. That's the system manual, not the rv owner's manual. In my experience, the dealership will tell you to call the system manufacturer.
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I don't know which system you have but according to the manual for the Pro Plus system the Body Control Module (BCM) pulls a max of 8.5 amps, the Display Commander (DC) pulls a max of 1.5 amps. I checked the other two systems they offer, the DC's all pull 1.5 amps the BCM's vary, highest being 8.5 amps the lowest 4 amps. I would plan to either completely disconnect the battery or make arrangements for some sort of power source to keep your battery(s) topped up.

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I don't know which system you have but according to the manual for the Pro Plus system the Body Control Module (BCM) pulls a max of 8.5 amps, the Display Commander (DC) pulls a max of 1.5 amps. I checked the other two systems they offer, the DC's all pull 1.5 amps the BCM's vary, highest being 8.5 amps the lowest 4 amps. I would plan to either completely disconnect the battery or make arrangements for some sort of power source to keep you battery(s) topped up.

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