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Old 06-03-2016, 06:45 PM   #11
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Old 06-03-2016, 09:28 PM   #12
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What we did: Our A-frame was bought for long weekend camping in Colorado. We wanted to be able to go for up to 4 nights anytime snow wasn't an issue.

Based on past experience with a PUP dry camping at Lake Tahoe, we knew battery was the 1st thing to run out, and the most difficult to get more of while out camping. So I went for a dual battery install right from the beginning. Calculations were enough battery to run the heater with the thermostat at 55 degrees for 5 hrs/night for the 4 nights without taking the batteries below 50%. We like to camp in the trees pointed whatever way suits us. And winds are a problem for portable solar panels (and awnings) in Colorado. I did not want to bother with lugging and monitoring and fueling and storing and paying for a generator.

Actually, the calcs were conservative. The A-frames hold heat (or cool) a lot better than the canvas walls of a PUP. And there's far less volume to heat or cool. So I am quite comfortable with nights down into the high 20s. Below that, I might start worrying about the water tank freezing.

Due to a number of SPUTs (Stupid Pop-Up Trick) on my part, the two batteries were destroyed in about 15 months. In looking for replacements, I came across 6V golf cart batteries at Costco. These were Interstate batteries, GC-2 232AH, for $150 for two, including tax. I measured carefully - they fit my battery box better than the two size 24 12V (which cost $85 each). So I now have more battery capacity, and for less cost (see pics below).

I installed a battery cut-off switch on the end of the battery box. The wood battery box cover I made because the plastic one disappeared in the winds while driving down the Interstate in Eastern Colorado. One strap is not enough! I now use two bungy cords hooked on eyes in the cover. The last pic also shows the remote for my fridge thermometer. I use a standard Walmart wireless thermometer (less than $10) to monitor my fridge temp while camping.

I am a happy camper.

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Old 09-11-2016, 04:58 PM   #13
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Update on earlier post about dead battery

Hello! I thought I'd update everyone on the battery issue I posted a couple months ago on my A-Frame. Might save others some money.... Turns out my battery is just fine - confirmed by the dealer technician - and that I probably inadvertently put the frig on 12v on the way to camp and left it on. That and the fact that fuse was burned out on the pigtail. I have gone on several trips since and everything is ok and no new battery needed. Yay! Thanks to everyone for their insight!

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