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Old 11-23-2014, 02:58 AM   #1
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Sanibel 3250 v. 3251

Hi All,

We are looking to upgrade from our Keystone 250RS. In 5th wheels, we've narrowed it down to a Bighorn product or a Sanibel 3250/3251.

We do a lot of dry camping in national parks where generator use can be highly restricted of even prohibited. I'm curious about what kind of a battery and solar set up you've come up with to deal with no generator and no shore power. We're looking to keep power to the trailer for 10 - 14 days or until we fill the grey tank.
We understand that we won't be using AC in these situations.

When generators are allowed, I'm debating on whether to buy a mate for my EU 2000, thus having 4000 watts or springing for the Onan. What has your experience been in terms of weight/storage/cost v. convenience? How do you handle fuel storage?

Thank you in advance.
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Old 11-25-2014, 09:58 PM   #2
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Hello there, we have the Sanibel 3250 and have a great solar system that work like a charm. We have 400 watts of panels up top and a Magnum 2800 pure sine wave inverter. I use 6 6 volt golf cart batteries for power. This system runs everything except air conditioning. The longest we have dry camped with it was just about 3 weeks and not once did we even come close to running out of power. You do have to be careful not to use power hogging appliances to often though. This system I have was a little over $7000.00 Can installed. As you can see it is not cheap for a quality system but it is well worth it. I would not give mine up for anything. As well to turn it on and off we just push a button at the door entrance on the remote panel. Don't have a genset and don't want one either so can't help you there. Good luck and happy camping.
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Old 11-27-2014, 01:56 PM   #3
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Old 12-02-2014, 03:30 PM   #4
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The Sanibel 3250 has a camping type refrigerator that can run on either LP gas or electric. The 3251 has a residential type refrigerator that only runs on electric and has an inverter to convert the DC to AC for the refrigerator. I have a 3601 Sanibel and the battery will only last at most 1 day with no AC power.
On the road the TV powers the refr and its works fine. This is just FYI for you.
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Old 12-04-2014, 10:20 AM   #5
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I'm curious, can you add additional batteries to a xxx1 Sanibel, if so how many?
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Old 12-04-2014, 09:28 PM   #6
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You have room for many batterys, would put a plywood base in front storage first floor material a little thin. Only limited by weight of batterys
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Old 01-10-2015, 08:05 AM   #7
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The Sanibel 3250 has a camping type refrigerator that can run on either LP gas or electric. The 3251 has a residential type refrigerator that only runs on electric and has an inverter to convert the DC to AC for the refrigerator. I have a 3601 Sanibel and the battery will only last at most 1 day with no AC power.
On the road the TV powers the refr and its works fine. This is just FYI for you.
I'm being told I should get 2-3 days on the battery inverter to run the fridge on a 3901.
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I'm being told I should get 2-3 days on the battery inverter to run the fridge on a 3901.

Dealer told you? They'll tell you almost anything to get the sale. Don't forget there are other parasitic draws on the battery besides the inverter. CO detectors & antenna amp are hard wired to the 12v system. Ambient temps and how often the fridge is opened will also have an effect on battery longevity.
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Look at the watt draw for the fridge. That will determine how many batteries you need for the amount of the time you're off grid. IMO adding solar would extend the run time for the batteries while using a res fridge. Easier to do the Natl parks without a gen.
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We are considering a residential model with the domestic fridge and am not very familiar with inverters. If we were on a road trip and dry camp for a night in a parking lot somewhere and never unplugged the rv from the truck, am I right in assuming it would drain the batteries in the truck as well as the rv battery?? If we added a second battery to the rv would we get twice as much time running the fridge as you would get with one battery? I am just a little concerned about the rare time when you are without 110v power.
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