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Old 04-11-2016, 01:05 PM   #1
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howdy. I just purchased a 2016 Wildwood RLSS. I bought it at a Camping World. This is my very first, I am new to this whole adventure. Before I take it off the lot what should I ask then to add or do for dry camping? my young salesman mentioned getting a solar battery and a generator. I might be living in this full time for a while and I'm not sure where. Any help, tips or advise is most appreciated.
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Old 04-11-2016, 01:22 PM   #2
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A second battery would be nice + a low noise generator such as Honda
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Old 04-11-2016, 01:39 PM   #3
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Check out the "electrical, charging system, and solar" sub-forum under General Tech and Repair. There are many different threads on going solar. Also, check out the website for AM Solar. There are a lot of educational items on that site.

I have a feeling if you let Camping World install some solar components it will be a waste of money. Live in your trailer, as is for now, if possible. Learn the ins and outs of travel trailers before upgrading to solar power. If needed, get a generator first. There isn't as much of a learning curve with those.
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Old 04-16-2016, 02:10 PM   #4
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thanks!
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For boon docking you will want a couple good deep cycle batteries and a way to charge them.
Don't purchase a generator or solar from an RV dealer unless you want to pay way more than the suggested retail.
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Solar, extra batteries, inverter, and generator are all needed.

Solar won't run air conditioning when boondocking, a generator will
Extra batteries needed for extra capacity. Boondocking in CO requires heat every night and even with 2 batteries, discharge is below 50%. I now have 4 golf cart batteries for 464 amp-hours of juice that is recharged mostly with 400 watts of solar power panels.

I don't buy the best of anything. However, I am willing to have something 90% as good as the best especially if it saves me 50%.

Some suggestions based on my personal decisions and use.
Sams Club Premium GC2 (golf cart batteries) $112 apiece
Renogy 400w wolar-$1000
Samles 1500 Pure Sine Wave watt inverter-$329
Bolily Generator 3100 watts continuous $1000
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Have them install 12 volt outlets in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, outside bin and wherever you will be using a laptop. Use 12 volt appliances & TV/DVD as much as possible, to save on inverter/battery consumption.
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TonyD, 2 batteries drawn done to 50% overnight by the furnace doesn't quite sound right, unless the batteries are no good. A 30K furnace draws about 7 amps. At 50 % duty cycle that would be <30 AH in an 8 hour period. Two fully charged 6v GC batteries will provide about 110 AH before they reach 50%. Even if the furnace ran non stop for 8 hours you would still be at <60 AH.
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I just bought two Trojan T105 6v batteries. I had two 12v rv/marine interstate batteries. They were 4 years old and were done after this last season we started using the heater more because we had our son with us for the first time. These new batteries should take care of all my needs now and I have a on board gen also. All we ever do is boondock camp so deep cycles were a must.
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TonyD, 2 batteries drawn done to 50% overnight by the furnace doesn't quite sound right, unless the batteries are no good. A 30K furnace draws about 7 amps. At 50 % duty cycle that would be <30 AH in an 8 hour period. Two fully charged 6v GC batteries will provide about 110 AH before they reach 50%. Even if the furnace ran non stop for 8 hours you would still be at <60 AH.
That was with having two 12V batteries and not my new battery bank. 2 Group 24 or Group 27's may not be enough if OP camps where I do where heat is running all night.
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