Originally Posted by Yarome
That sounds like a ton of fun, Fred. Where abouts do you like to stay ar
ound Tahoe? Colorado is one of my nemesis. I cant get lost up there for weeks on end. My shortcoming always seems to be potable water.
What kind of house battery are you running?
At Lake Tahoe, we always stayed at Sugar Pine State Park on the California side, about half-way down the lake. Our church always had at least 8 families, sometimes as many as 20, reserve individual campsites in a block for the same core week. My kids were 4 and 6 when we started (1st year in a tent, but a bear visit thanks to my carelessness with the dry food resulted in purchase of a PUP), and were teenagers during our last visit. Afternoons usually spent at beach just outside the state park.
Since we generally stay at campgrounds without hookups, additional water is available for the carrying. However, the PUP tanks are usually sufficient for a while if only used for drinking, cooking, and dish-washing. Since we do all cooking and dish-washing outside, water usage is pretty minimal.
On the PUP, I had a Diehard Marine size 27. Several years we ran the battery down to just barely usable, resulting in a shortened battery life. One year, we recharged mid-week from a friend's generator.
The experience is why I opted for 2 size 24 (all I could fit on the A122 without a lot of relocation work) on the A-frame. The goal is to run the heater as needed for a 4 day weekend trip in Colorado mountains without hookups. Plan B1 is a portable LP catalytic heater (Wave or similar). Plan B2 is solar augment (100 watt or similar panel). So far, Plan A has done just fine.
Longer trips are currently out of the question, and the A122 gets a little small for extended durations. We got the A-frame because of its greater convenience for weekend trips. If we were going longer, we would have gotten another PUP (probably 10ft box) for the extra room inside.
just our experiences