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Old 05-12-2015, 04:58 PM   #11
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Hi Fred
Yep, I thought about only being able to use one battery if I mount it in the front. We decided that if we need 2 batteries we will carry one in the tow vehicle and swap it out when necessary.
Today I chopped out the propane tank mounting bracket and mounted my single bar weight distributing hitch. Took it for a short test drive and it went well but still needs a little fine tuning.
Now I have to make a new mount for the propane tanks and another for the battery and we should be good to go.
Joe in NH

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Old 05-13-2015, 12:10 PM   #12
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Your choice, of course.

I found out with my previous PUP that battery capacity was by far the limiting factor on dry camping (no hookups). Dual propane tanks are nice, but just one tank will outlast a dual battery install every time (at least for us).

If I were in your shoes, I would not bother with carrying a second battery in the tow vehicle. I would instead carry a small generator - 500 - 1000 watts - to recharge the single battery as needed. The A-frames mount 30 amp (360 watt) converters, and a standard size 24 battery shouldn't recharged at more than 20 amps anyway. So a small, compact, generator (I like to add quiet) will easily take care of recharging the battery without taking much more space or weight than a spare battery in the tow vehicle. And the generator will be easier to use than swapping out batteries. A bigger, heavier generator (2000+ watt for an FR A-frame with Cool Cat) will run the air conditioning OR the microwave, too.

Fred W
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2008 Hyundai Entourage (minivan)
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