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Old 12-03-2010, 11:40 PM   #11
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I thought about getting pepper spray. Not saying this will stop something but may help. Plus if hiking I can bring with and maybe help if a animal comes nears. Again not saying this will due the trick everytime but certainly is better then nothing.

I will travel with family and some walmarts are great, others worry me. Same with rest areas.
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Old 12-03-2010, 11:57 PM   #12
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You trust staying at rest areas and wally world. I would worry about being mugged.
do you live in a high crime area? not sure where you're from but many, many RVer's stay overnite at both types of places. never heard of any issues other than some Wally Worlds not allowing overniters.

we stayed overnite, with the DW's 90 year-old Grandma, at an Idaho state rest area.
wouldn't hesitate to do it again.

now, truck stops might be a different story.
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I can't say whether walmart or rest areas are safe in my area since I have never stayed more then 20 minutes. I have just heard stories or read online. Of coarse you only hear negative. Plus I figure many truck drivers relay on rest areas. I just wanted second opinion since I will be staying over night in a rest area this upcoming sunday
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Old 12-04-2010, 09:03 AM   #14
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I dry camp with 2 group 24 bats. Whenever running the heat, you can always keep your tow vehicle near the hitch, plug it into the camper's towing lights plug, start the vehicle, and that will charge the battery, and get you by thru the rest of the night. Randy
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Many people will say that you need to go with two 6-volt batteries in series. We just bought a Trojan Deep Cycle Group 31 12-volt. It is 130 amp hours. We can generally get 3 days of dry camping out of this battery (just DW and I). But we turn our heat down to 50 at night. The furnace fan will eat up your battery. Get a dog and 2 extra blankets! We also converted to all LED lighting and that also makes a BIG difference. .4 amps instead of 2 amps per fixture. If you camp where generators are allowed, there is really no need for 2 batteries IMO. If we run the Honda for 30 minutes in the morning (coffee, hair dryer, etc.) and for about 60 minutes in the evening (microwave, etc) it seems like we can dry camp easily. Our tanks fill up before we run out of juice. It is tougher when you have kids though. More power inevitably gets used. (The tanks also fill up quicker!) Most trailers come with a group 24 though and they generally aren't very capable. But maybe you can live with it. Otherwise you will be getting rid of a brand new battery!! Good luck!!
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Many people will say that you need to go with two 6-volt batteries in series. We just bought a Trojan Deep Cycle Group 31 12-volt. It is 130 amp hours. We can generally get 3 days of dry camping out of this battery (just DW and I). But we turn our heat down to 50 at night. The furnace fan will eat up your battery. Get a dog and 2 extra blankets! We also converted to all LED lighting and that also makes a BIG difference. .4 amps instead of 2 amps per fixture. If you camp where generators are allowed, there is really no need for 2 batteries IMO. If we run the Honda for 30 minutes in the morning (coffee, hair dryer, etc.) and for about 60 minutes in the evening (microwave, etc) it seems like we can dry camp easily. Our tanks fill up before we run out of juice. It is tougher when you have kids though. More power inevitably gets used. (The tanks also fill up quicker!) Most trailers come with a group 24 though and they generally aren't very capable. But maybe you can live with it. Otherwise you will be getting rid of a brand new battery!! Good luck!!
I am one of those 6V series camper, but I must say I heard good reports on the new group 27. I also like that get a dog suggestion. We have Great Dane loves rving But the bed is not big enough for the three of us on a cold night. I let DW & him fight it out, DW Alway wins. I just sleep after a good day of driving.
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