Originally Posted by DesertSchnzrs
New to the forum and to RVs in general. Wifey and looked and read and waited and finally decided and signed on a 2016 Flagstaff T19SCHW A frame (shower and toilet were a must for the wifey). I'll make a camper out of her yet, ha ha...
We pick it up later during the week and plan to leave this weekend for our first trip out. No hookups where we are going to put it through its paces. Have a 2800/3000W inverter genny for power. My concern is water. Fresh tank only holds 26 gallons....
According to the specs/floor plan I pulled up, this is a high wall unit with dormer. It has the larger TT style fridge, stove with oven, inside shower with cassette potty. 20 gal fresh water tank plus 6 gal hot water heater. Does not say what size of gray water tank you have. Don't believe there is a black water tank due to cassette potty.
Generally, stock RVs run out of battery first. A-frames and PUPs do not come standard with battery shut-off switches, so the stock batteries are often trashed within the 1st year by parasitic loads when the camper is parked (or sitting on display on the dealer lot). High wall A-frames have higher parasitic loads due to the bigger TT-style fridge - especially if there is a condensation-eliminating heat strip on.
You talk about taking a generator for power. Will you be able to (or even want) to run the generator continuously? The condition of your battery and your electrical usage will determine how much you will need the generator.
Second point: there's a reasonable chance you won't stay the second night because enough things don't work or you can't get them to work the way they are supposed to. I hope this isn't true, but I'm warning you in advance. Our first trip (3 days, 2 nights) was cut short the 2nd day by a propane leak at a faulty fitting where the hose joined the propane piping. And the stock mattresses were really uncomfortable (cured by adding mattress toppers).
Water usage is going to be driven by the shower. Without the shower, 3 gals per day per person is easily achievable - and you can manage on half of that with a little care. Sea showers (wet yourself, turn off, lather up, turn on to rinse) are the only way to have hot water at the finish of the shower - and it minimizes water use. Gray water tank capacity may also be a limit on both water and shower use.
Our first mods (and really the only things we needed) to make our A-frame comfortable for a long weekend (4 nights) with no hook-ups were a dual battery install and the mattress toppers. We do love our A-frame after tent and PUP camping previously.
2014 Rockwood A122
2008 Hyundai Entourage minivan with E2 Equalizer WDH/anti-sway
camping Colorado and adjacent states one weekend at a time -