Originally Posted by stevetoney
Planning on a A213HW -- plan to do some extended dry camping over my retirement year starting in 2018
been thinking of doing a 4 6V battery bank in custom box with cut off and solar and have a couple of honda 2000 generators -- for very extended trips
as some the trips could be 2 weeks or more -- thinking through these upgrades and accessories - mods to be long term self sustaining
likely will try the BAL hide away spare holder and mode the back of camper with a real storage rack / to support 300-500 lbs to have place for generator other things needed for extended time out...
if doing Canada-Alaska -- would need more than one spare for extender self sustaining mode
Personally, I would be very careful with these plans.
The A-frame frame, axles, and wheels could prove to be the casualties of your mods. I don't know how much beefing up is done of the frame, axle, or wheels as you move up in the A-frame sizes. Judging from the specs of the A213HW - not much. Your CCC is only 807 lbs, according to Rockwood. That includes your batteries (250+ lbs for 4), battery boxes, water (220lbs for full tank and HW heater), generators, generator fuel, storage rack, all options (dealer and factory), and ALL other stuff you put in the trailer.
Second, if truly going to Alaska, making sure your tires have a decent load margin and tread is way more important than carrying a second spare. The tread-cutting gravel roads are in Western Alaska (Kodiak). But overheating from overloading is even more prevalent in Alaska than the lower 48.
Third, unlimited 12V power does not prevent you from running out of water, food, or propane (if you use a lot of heat). While batteries are the most difficult supply to replenish while camping, you have to give thought to the other essentials. Especially when your overall weight is limited.
Bottom line, Forest River A-frames are lightweight (not all that light compared to the competition) trailers built to be towed comfortably on reasonable roads by a husky V-6 vehicle. They are not built like an old Land Rover for cross-country travel in Africa. Trying to make it something it is not sets you up for a series of failures.
just my Alaska experiences kicking in
2014 Rockwood A122 A-frame
2008 Hyundai Entourage minivan