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Old 04-25-2016, 11:33 AM   #11
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Camping on Battery power

Spent five days boondocking at Sleeping Bear Dunes NP, Michigan last year. Stock setup, one deep cycle battery, only mod is a battery isolation switch. I shut off the battery whenever we weren't using it, so the monitors didn't draw juice. Battery lasted, without recharging, just fine. Figured I could plug into the truck pigtail and recharge if necessary. Go for it.

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Old 04-25-2016, 11:50 AM   #12
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If the solar set up is a $1,000 as you say, not including a second battery, I'd consider an inverter style generator. At least you could run A/C if needed and you'd have back up power at home, if needed.

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Old 04-25-2016, 12:02 PM   #13
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I have an awesome 100W folding solar panel that I bought for $200 that has the charge controller built in. The furnace uses around 100W by itself, so I figure that as long as I can get as much sun time during the day as I do furnace time at night, we'll be fine. We've never had an issue, even with a single battery, but we also have a generator. $1000 for a solar setup is a tad steep, unless it's 1000W and has the charge controller built into the trailer.

As for TV, if it's an LED TV, it will use a small amount of power. A non-LED LCD TV will use 2-3 times as much as an LED TV. In my case, my 32" LED LCD TV uses right under 30W.

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