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Old 12-22-2011, 09:06 AM   #21
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We do 30% to 40% Dry Camping, most during Fall. We do a lot of shore power during summer because of humidty in this area. We are in Virginia.
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:12 AM   #22
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that is hard to say

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What % of time do most people dry camp?
that is hard to say
we used to do it a lot in our older RV rig
now with our new to us cool little trailer
we have rented a spot in the desert
with full hookups

since you are in a state that get's pretty hot
remember when dry camping you will have no AC
unless you also get a (larger) generator

note
we can dry camp for a day
with our (one) deep cell battery
when we stop and think about it
a lot is asked from that (one) deep cell battery

at the very least some lighting at night
water pump (a must when needed)
a little TV - after a hard day RVing we like that
possibly running the propane heater a little

we bought a little 5-W solar battery recharger
too small for the job
I should have known better

to have the best results dry camping
get at least
preferred -TWO 6-volt deep cell batteries
or two 12-volt deep
and if you plan on staying out dry more than 2 to 3 days
a good solar system
or a small generator
so as to get some charge on when needed

maybe
after you have kind of made your deal
bring up the extra second battery needed
offer to pay for the parts if they will add it
1 hundred dollars for the battery
prox 25-40 dollars for the cables
battery box if needed 12 bucks

we always want to try and get
the largest batteries we can fit
my trailer when new came with one smaller battery
one would not wish to add another small
have them keep the small while new
and possibly get two larger batteries
this may not work out
but
if ever

((( now is the time to get what you want )))

going back later
and asking of most anyTHING from any dealer
may fall under wishful thinking
unless I'am ready to break out some bucks

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Old 12-22-2011, 09:41 AM   #23
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What % of time do most people dry camp?
Probably better that 50% here.
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Old 12-22-2011, 10:29 AM   #24
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What % of time do most people dry camp?
since we live in California, we dry camp 90% of the time. less than 1% of our state park campgrounds have any kind of hookups.
so, unless you want to go out of state or use private RV parks, you have to dry camp.
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Old 12-22-2011, 10:30 AM   #25
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Re: dry camping :

My last obsession (2 weeks ago for 2 weeks solid) was researching alternative power backup systems. Came to conclusion Honda eu2000i was the way to go.... though not cheap, they seem to be invincible, portable.

Alot of power for the buck. Batteries are expensive, heavy and don't give you alot of backup power.

Did I draw the right conclusion?

Though that Honda would not power the A/C so I'd have to get two or maybe the Yamaha 2400.
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Old 12-22-2011, 10:33 AM   #26
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OK folks.... about 1/4 mile away a large rv dealer has the following mini lite 2304:

http://www.rvdirect.com/uploads/pdf/flt2081msrp.pdf

Orlando RV - View our models in stock

This model is as close as it gets to what I am looking for (though the murphy bed when down looks jumbled up and you don't get the back window).

What is best deal you think I could get on it? How negotiable is price, esp. at year end?

Is it generally a bad idea to consider used rv purchase?

THanks....

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Old 12-22-2011, 10:47 AM   #27
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Here is a 2009 Mini Lite 2304 (same as above) a couple hours away for $17k vs. $22k for the new one. Seems like I should be able to negotiate that down a bit.

Travel Trailers - 2009 - Forest River Rockwood - St. Augustine, FL - JAC40274 - RV Sales - Camping World

What are hints for buying used? (I know, I'm wearing you all out...!)
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Old 12-22-2011, 11:41 AM   #28
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New 2012 Surveyor Sport SP220 Travel Trailer by Forest River New 2012 Surveyor Sport SP220 Travel Trailer by Forest River | eBay

nice price, it appears, on a SP 220.

Ok I'll stop now
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Old 12-22-2011, 11:50 AM   #29
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You are on the right track for choices. Be very careful in picking a TT with the right tongue weight. I always add TWO batteries (2 6Volt golf cart batteries are the best, but very heavy and large). On my 1809S, I added two AGM 24series batteries and have boondocked for over 4 days with no problem (I also carry a Honda 200i..very quiet and efficient). You can also use the 12V for TV emergency battery. By the time you add two batteries, propane, and h20, you can easily add 150lbs to the tongure weight. I also added a Barker 3000 electric tongue jack.
I usually add 60-125W Solar panels, but have not quite figured out how to mount them on the 1809S roof. This spring, I will add solar (may go Solar roll-up film).
The NEW V-Cross Vibes look like great trailers (especially with the fiberglass roofs)
The Mini-Lite 2109 you mentioned will work with your setup. The only thing I can say from experience, is that with a slideout, the TT seems very roomy and makes cooking, eating, and guests very comfotable. You may want to consider the 2109S with a slide. You can make a GREAT deal on new 2011 (probably up to $6k plus off retail). The 'Convenience package' on the Mini-Lites is worth the price (TV, 14" wheels and tires, two step, awning, bbq, etc) Mini-Lite alsso has a custom cabinet interior called Tuscany (glazed and sealed wood)...very nice.
I also looked at all the R-Pods and MPG's and did not like the small wet bath and lack of storage. My 1809S has tons of storage and two huge clothes closets.
Your emotions still want the larger TT, but you will be a happy camper with the smaller lighter TT's.
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Old 12-22-2011, 11:54 AM   #30
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from where Mountainman is sitting

new 2112 one there
from where Mountainman is sitting
WOW that THING looks pretty sweet !!!

for sure
there are some killer deals on used units
but
if I was not getting at least
30% to 50% off on a very nice condition one
and could afford it
maybe new is the way to go ??

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