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Old 07-16-2014, 11:00 PM   #1
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We will dry camp one night this summer on the east coast in our Coachmen 21TQX We will be traveling on a long trip, and this is the only site we have without hookups.

I am wondering if there are any Coachmen hybrid owners out there who have dry camped, and how long the battery / propane lasted? We plan on keeping electrical use to a bare minimum (I'd like to keep running the fridge and open it sparingly, use battery lights, etc.). I am also wondering if there is anything we haven't considered yet including all the other draws on the battery.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 07-16-2014, 11:25 PM   #2
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Coachmen Hybrid battery life?
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Old 07-17-2014, 10:20 AM   #3
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As I said for the deleted thread, one night won't be an issue. The biggest use will be lights. Biggest use of propane will be hot water. You should have no issues for one night.
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Old 07-17-2014, 11:18 AM   #4
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I agree with ChooChooMan that one battery should be fine for one night. Even an inexpensive Group 24 battery usually provides about 50-75 amp-hours, which gives your a useable 25-37Ah for the night.

Incandescent lights, radio, power jack, running out your slide and power awning if you have these, and the fridge are going to be the most draws and you can minimize your usage easily.

A full bottle of propane lasts a long time so no worries there.
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I've camped one night using everything to a bare minimum. Open the trailer up allowing air to flow through freely, use fans only if you have to zip up in the case of rain. Even then, we open the windows around the slide-out and sit there feeling the air flow if necessary. Even in rain I am out under the awning. Propane will not be a worry. Very little used. Just be aware of whats on and using the battery, and don't leave the lights on when not in use. I'm sure you can extend a good battery for several days when not using the fans. that will be your biggest power draw when boon docking. Hopefully you will have really nice weather.
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Thanks everyone, for taking the time to respond - your answers are very helpful!
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When we camp without hook-ups I always take plenty of glow sticks for the kids. I also use a propane lantern outside.
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If possible replace your lightbulbs with LED bulbs. This will help reduce power consumption


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