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Old 04-18-2016, 05:09 PM   #21
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I'm sure it will be an adventure......which brings me to my next question. If the PDI doesn't go your way, and if they don't have another 23ws......What will be your next step: Wait for the repairs to be done, or come back home with no camper !
I had mine delivered, and I did the PDI at home. Haylett RV people who brought it to Maine were in no hurry to leave and wanted to make sure I was totally satisfied before going back to Michigan.
You bring up good points, all of which I have considered. I could stay an extra day or two. I hear I might have better luck with that than trying to get it handled within the "local service network" this time of year. If there are bigger problems, and the other unit is gone, I'm not really sure. I'm hoping they check it out carefully, as they promised, before I leave my house! So we're really back to the main reason being adventure!
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Then I say go for it! I just finished my first trip with my new 23ws and it was awesome!
I would have LOVED to travel that far the first trip!
Besides, what could go wrong? You have all of us "EXPERTS" to fall back on! LOL
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Old 04-18-2016, 06:20 PM   #23
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ok, my positive, but minority opinion...


The battery boxes just "sort of" protect the batteries, especially the connections at the top. Golf cart batteries do fit in the common Group 24 boxes, the batteries are just a little tall for them and the tops, in most case do not snap down on their mounts. But, the straps you use anyway will go over top and will hold the tops on and protect the connections. The appropriate fitting golf cart battery boxes can be purchased and make things look a little neater, but it's not a requirement. The dealer may be able to source them for you locally if that is what you really want. More importantly than the boxes is the jumper between the batteries and the way the trailer's connections are made. This can have a real effect on the installation and use and is the place most dealers could do a better job. This forum is full of advice on the topic.


I *think* you are looking for the inverter to run the TV and maybe a laptop/tablet? Everything else likely runs off 12V so if the TV only draws 40-50 watts, a smaller inverter could be used that plugs into the 12v power socket near to the TV can be used, with the TV plugged into the smaller inverter, making a no-install project.


If you are traveling by yourself, having to use a generator every day can get pretty old. Maybe better to confirm your tow vehicle can actually charge the trailers batteries at an effective rate while driving. Some can, some can't. A good RV dealer or a hitch shop or an auto electric shop can test and tell you.


Unless you really want that big of a generator, a smaller, lighter unit for limited AC production (battery charging & running TV, for example) may be the ticket. You will not run the microwave, the electric portion of the water heater, the air conditioner or a hair dryer, but it's LOTS easier to move, fuel and live with.


Good Luck!
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Old 04-18-2016, 06:42 PM   #24
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Unless you really want that big of a generator, a smaller, lighter unit for limited AC production (battery charging & running TV, for example) may be the ticket. You will not run the microwave, the electric portion of the water heater, the air conditioner or a hair dryer, but it's LOTS easier to move, fuel and live with.
Not so, unless it's a 1000w unit.
A 50lb Honda 2000i will run everything easily, except the a/c.
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Not so, unless it's a 1000w unit.
A 50lb Honda 2000i will run everything easily, except the a/c.
Agreed...but the poster was talking about a Champion 3100 which seems to weigh almost double (96 lbs) the Honda sewing machine...
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Coincidentally we're picking up a 23ws on the 27th in OH too - at RV Wholesalers. Which dealership will you be at???
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Old 04-18-2016, 11:17 PM   #27
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Then I say go for it! I just finished my first trip with my new 23ws and it was awesome!
I would have LOVED to travel that far the first trip!
Besides, what could go wrong? You have all of us "EXPERTS" to fall back on! LOL
Don't think that this forum didn't play a role in my decision! Everyone is awesome, and I won't feel like I'm my own.
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ok, my positive, but minority opinion...


The battery boxes just "sort of" protect the batteries, especially the connections at the top. Golf cart batteries do fit in the common Group 24 boxes, the batteries are just a little tall for them and the tops, in most case do not snap down on their mounts. But, the straps you use anyway will go over top and will hold the tops on and protect the connections. The appropriate fitting golf cart battery boxes can be purchased and make things look a little neater, but it's not a requirement. The dealer may be able to source them for you locally if that is what you really want. More importantly than the boxes is the jumper between the batteries and the way the trailer's connections are made. This can have a real effect on the installation and use and is the place most dealers could do a better job. This forum is full of advice on the topic.


I *think* you are looking for the inverter to run the TV and maybe a laptop/tablet? Everything else likely runs off 12V so if the TV only draws 40-50 watts, a smaller inverter could be used that plugs into the 12v power socket near to the TV can be used, with the TV plugged into the smaller inverter, making a no-install project.


If you are traveling by yourself, having to use a generator every day can get pretty old. Maybe better to confirm your tow vehicle can actually charge the trailers batteries at an effective rate while driving. Some can, some can't. A good RV dealer or a hitch shop or an auto electric shop can test and tell you.


Unless you really want that big of a generator, a smaller, lighter unit for limited AC production (battery charging & running TV, for example) may be the ticket. You will not run the microwave, the electric portion of the water heater, the air conditioner or a hair dryer, but it's LOTS easier to move, fuel and live with.


Good Luck!
Good info on the battery box and inverter. The reason I was going for the 3100 is that it's on sale at Costco for $850, and I figured if I'm getting one I should go big so that I could run the AC at lower altitudes. But I'm guessing with tent ends, and those trips being few and far between, buying a big one I can't handle really isn't practical. I would love to run a blender though but that's a problem for another day. I'm looking at solar options now thanks due to the reasons you mentioned about generators being a hassle. I think I'll come home using hookups and figure it all out later. Thanks for the tips!
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I think I'll come home using hookups and figure it all out later. Thanks for the tips!
That is probably the best idea. Deciding on a generator vs solar would be tough not having any experience with the trailer. A lot of thought should go into how to set up a solar charging system (if that is the way you go) as it is not as easy as buying a panel and attaching it to your battery (expect for trickle charging systems). Likewise, determining the size of your generator takes some thought as well. Electricity usage, as well as your typical camping conditions will have a major impact on what you need. We almost exclusively dry camp and are lucky enough to have both solar and generator power. However, I can probably count on one hand the amount of times we "needed" the generator for A/C or battery charging in the past 15 years of hybrid camping.
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Good info on the battery box and inverter. The reason I was going for the 3100 is that it's on sale at Costco for $850, and I figured if I'm getting one I should go big so that I could run the AC at lower altitudes. But I'm guessing with tent ends, and those trips being few and far between, buying a big one I can't handle really isn't practical. I would love to run a blender though but that's a problem for another day. I'm looking at solar options now thanks due to the reasons you mentioned about generators being a hassle. I think I'll come home using hookups and figure it all out later. Thanks for the tips!
You are very welcome. Have a great trip, keep it simple and you will enjoy it more. (BTW, there are hand-cranked blenders...I know REI sells one. It's not for everyone, but it's a blender and it blends and you don't have to plug it in!)

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