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Old 01-13-2016, 08:23 PM   #1
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Need More Power

My TT came with one 12V battery which doesn't last very long without a charge when dry camping.

I'm looking at alternatives. Any ideas on the best option?

From my research I find 3 options.

1. Generator
2. Solar
3. Additional batteries

Problems with:

1. Honda 2000 (best in class from my research) is $900-1000...needs gas and some noise involved.

2. Expensive and need additional battery banks.

3. No place on the TT to incorporate extra batteries and will need charging at some point.

Which way should I go?

Any other options I'm missing?

Planning on dry camping about 70% - 80% of the time which equates to 30-45 days out of the year.
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Old 01-13-2016, 08:30 PM   #2
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My vote is for 1 & 3-

Find away to add one more battery so your charging times are farther apart and a generator to charge.


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Old 01-13-2016, 08:32 PM   #3
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This is what I have found. I have a Honda generator that works great. The problem is I don't feel comfortable leaving it running while no one is around. Most campsites have "noise hours" that equate to the daylight hours when we like to go hiking or sightseeing. So, I always end up not running the generator enough. I am looking into a portable solar system or possibly a permanent mount one.
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One way or another you are going to need to pack extra stuff and weight.

Swap out the 12v for 2-4 6v batteries, buy the Honda and a gas can.
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What are the advantages of switching to the multiple 6V's?

Sorry I'm a noob TT owner.
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For more amp hour capacity.
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Old 01-13-2016, 08:57 PM   #7
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What is the group number (24, 27, 31, etc.) or the amp hours of the battery that you now have?
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Old 01-13-2016, 09:07 PM   #8
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Anyway you look at it, you will need more batteries whether 6vdc or 12vdc. Solar works perfect for me as I don't have to haul around gas, oil or listen to a gen running. Just my personal preference.
If you set up solar correctly, it will provide you with plenty of safe, quiet electricity. Solar is worthless without a way to store it [batteries].
I haven't turned on my converter for over 6 months and haven't seen my batts go below 12.2.
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Much depends on where you camp. Camping in Utah, Texas, & Arizona for 4-5 weeks at a time we have used solar and never fired up the generator. Last year running up the East coast and Canada the solar was useless. We were forced to charge with the generator (Honda EU2000) and it is just obnoxious.

Note* The battery your FR camper came with is probably a "dual purpose" battery. These are nothing but a cranking battery with crappy reserve capacity. Get yourself a true deep cycle; Group 24 = 85 amp/hours, Group 27 = 105/115 Ah. Battery capacity is measured by the pound; more lead = more amps.
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I'm southern cal so sunlight shouldn't be an issue.

I did some research on solar...renogy, go power and the like.

Looking like its gonna cost a minimum of 2k to go strictly solar plus batteries with an MPPT and a pure sine inverter.

Is this more or less accurate?

What are some of the better solar setups available?
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