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Old 11-26-2013, 10:20 PM   #1
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Battery

Looking to boondock! Did a weekend this year. But was always worried about running out of power. Thinking of getting another battery. Maybe solar charger? LED lights? Where do you get good LED's? What size of solar charger?
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Old 11-26-2013, 10:37 PM   #2
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Look at a couple of things first. How many days at a time? How many times a year? What do you typically run while on battery? That'll get you in a position to determine what type of power and how much of it you'll need. What is the most you're willing to spend? One size doesn't fit all here.
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Old 11-26-2013, 10:39 PM   #3
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Do a search for led upgrades. I got mine from amazon.

BestDealUSA White Light Panel 48 SMD LED + Interior Bulb + T10 + BA9S Adapter Dome lamp 12V
http://amzn.com/B008IY9ZKG

I got the bright white ones- a little getting used to cause its a blue white light. Really cut down on power usage.

If you don't have a generator, then a second battery is a must.
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Need a lot more info
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Mostly weekends. 2 to 3 nights. Radio on most of the day. Outside light on most of the night 9 to 2am. Other than that lights on just when I'm inside the trailer. Just want to be worry free.
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I would suggest two deep cell batteries around 200+ Ah's each and bring along a generator.
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Old 11-26-2013, 11:00 PM   #7
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got my LED's on Ebay there are lots to choose from. Search this site topics there has been lots of discussions on whats best.
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I make it 2 - 3 nights on a pair of group 24 marine batteries discharged to around 60%. The radio and outside light will push that over the time you say you'll use them. Keep in mind that if you drop those batteries to less than 50% charge very often, you'll be replacing them shortly. Same thing for not keeping them charged fully.

I would skip the outside light and opt for lantern power instead. The LED upgrade is a good idea, depending on how many you want to replace. I always used a battery powered lantern for inside when I was unplugged. Regarding solar, I probably use roughly what you are, maybe a little less. I figured once that it would take a minimum 80 - 100 watt panel to replace what I used in a day (and probably only 75% of daily usage)...assuming I could find a sunny enough spot. For the cost of the panels, controller, and wiring it was more cost effective to replace the group 24's with a pair of 6V golf cart batteries (my trips are about the same as yours, it might be another story if I were looking to run on battery for 4+ days)...which is what I'll do when these start to go. For 2 - 3 day trips, there's no reason at all to drag along a generator.
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Mostly weekends. 2 to 3 nights. Radio on most of the day. Outside light on most of the night 9 to 2am. Other than that lights on just when I'm inside the trailer. Just want to be worry free.
Two quality batteries should get you through, but you could do the math on this by getting some amp draws for those things. LEDs will be a big saver. Not sure how much the radio draws.

Solar is good for trickle charging batteries in storage. Bigger systems for actually charging the batteries while camping can get fairly complicated when you get into charge controllers, wire sizing, pannel selection, etc. But a good size solar system sure would be nice for dry camping.

We have gone 4 days on 2 deep cycles when conserving as much as possible.
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You can get good LEDs at RVLEDBulbs.com - RV LED Bulbs, RV LED Lights and Light Accessories. At checkout, enter the code FORUM an get q 10% discount.

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