Wow! What an adventure!
Some background that I left out of my original "Simple" Question. My wife and I are transitioning to a full-time RV life. We have looked at literally hundreds of different fifth wheel trailers and have narrowed it down to two. One is, of course, the Cedar Creek F34RE (New this year) and the other is a Montana 3735MK (Now out of production). The Montana may require a new truck. Something we don't want to invest in at this time. I am 64 and she is...... Uh hem ...... a bit younger.
A post here kind of put the period on the one question not asked and that was "How long do you plan to boondock?" The wife uses a CPAP machine. That was a Slap the Forehead (Doh!) moment for me. So ......... being off the grid would only be for a two or three days at most or a night in a freeway rest stop. Not a winter worth of time off the grid like the BLM Campgrounds in Quartzsite AZ.
Now then, the true take aways from this adventure are:
1. The need to put in a Battery monitor.
2. Look at need and decide if a Residential fridge is needed or if a nice 2-way will work.
3. Generators are a Good Thing if using to top off the batteries
4. Determine the Size of the batteries. I know from other discussions that the bank of 4 - 6volt batteries is the preferred system.
5. Need to do more research on "Wet Cell", Gel, Deep Cycle, RV vs Marine, Etc .........
6. Learn Math and get some Log Log paper for plotting the downturn in battery discharge. That comment Really helped!! I never thought about the "How" it discharged ....... It just Did ...... Right??
6. The biggest take Away?? What fantastic people there are here on this forum! Thank You!!