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Detroit wrote: Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:13 pm
Apex wrote: Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:03 pm Boondocking a smaller TT doesn’t seem like a terrible idea? Lots of threads regarding batteries and recharging them. Was fun to read up on that last night a bit.
We boondock the pop-up 99% of the time. This last trip to Interlochen was the first time I plugged it in (first camp ground we've been to with electrical).

Hot water heater and fridge run off propane with no electrical draw. The fridge gets surprisingly cold on propane legit :notbad:

So it's really just lights, vent fan, and heater that could draw down the battery. We use lights minimally, and the fan works really well on a low/medium setting to cool off the camper in the middle of the day. No need to it at night where we go. We've camped below freezing ambient temps with the furnace running constantly and still didn't drain the battery.

I've never run the battery out...we have a group 29 deep cycle from Costco. If I need more, I've got the hazard freight honda knock-off generator that I bring if we're gone for a while. I looked into solar, but that's a lot more work than the generator, and its VERY dependent on the site. The place we were at for the weekend was 90% tree coverage.
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It sounds like a small generator only needs to run for maybe an hour or 2 to top off the batteries; depending on use of course.
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Apex wrote: Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:22 pm
Detroit wrote: Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:13 pm
We boondock the pop-up 99% of the time. This last trip to Interlochen was the first time I plugged it in (first camp ground we've been to with electrical).

Hot water heater and fridge run off propane with no electrical draw. The fridge gets surprisingly cold on propane legit :notbad:

So it's really just lights, vent fan, and heater that could draw down the battery. We use lights minimally, and the fan works really well on a low/medium setting to cool off the camper in the middle of the day. No need to it at night where we go. We've camped below freezing ambient temps with the furnace running constantly and still didn't drain the battery.

I've never run the battery out...we have a group 29 deep cycle from Costco. If I need more, I've got the hazard freight honda knock-off generator that I bring if we're gone for a while. I looked into solar, but that's a lot more work than the generator, and its VERY dependent on the site. The place we were at for the weekend was 90% tree coverage.
5/7 info!
It sounds like a small generator only needs to run for maybe an hour or 2 to top off the batteries; depending on use of course.
Yep...after a few days of usage, a lot of our batteries are low. The camper, bluetooth speaker, phones (wife needs that social media BS), it's easiest to just fire up the generator in the middle of the day and let it go for a few hours. Nice thing is, there's a bunch of 110 outlets in the camper that only work when it's plugged in, so firing up the generator gives power to all those outlets, which seems to charge small devices much faster than 12v from the truck or something.

The honda knock-off from harbor freight is surprisingly quiet and for how much we use it (rarely), it works great. It's also super easy to pack and move around.

https://www.harborfreight.com/2000-watt ... 62523.html
Desertbreh wrote: Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:40 pm My guess would be that Chris took some time off because he has read the dialogue on this page 1,345 times and decided to spend some of his free time doing something besides beating a horse to death.
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Detroit wrote: Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:33 pm
Apex wrote: Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:22 pm

5/7 info!
It sounds like a small generator only needs to run for maybe an hour or 2 to top off the batteries; depending on use of course.
Yep...after a few days of usage, a lot of our batteries are low. The camper, bluetooth speaker, phones (wife needs that social media BS), it's easiest to just fire up the generator in the middle of the day and let it go for a few hours. Nice thing is, there's a bunch of 110 outlets in the camper that only work when it's plugged in, so firing up the generator gives power to all those outlets, which seems to charge small devices much faster than 12v from the truck or something.

The honda knock-off from harbor freight is surprisingly quiet and for how much we use it (rarely), it works great. It's also super easy to pack and move around.

https://www.harborfreight.com/2000-watt ... 62523.html
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Detroit wrote: Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:52 am
Apex wrote: Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:42 am

Where did you guys go for 5 days?? :jelly:
All northern MI. 3 days at Interlochen state park where the site had a ~100ft path that lead to a private beach on a sandy bottom lake with ~100yards of 3 ft deep water :amazing:

Then 2 days at Tippy Dam state park which is oddly in the Manistee national forest. That was a 20 minute drive from any form of civilization. We preferred Interlochen, but both were fantastic.

We really weren't ready to come home. #cabininthewoods is becoming an increasingly frequent talking point here.
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wap wrote: Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:44 pm
Detroit wrote: Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:52 am
All northern MI. 3 days at Interlochen state park where the site had a ~100ft path that lead to a private beach on a sandy bottom lake with ~100yards of 3 ft deep water :amazing:

Then 2 days at Tippy Dam state park which is oddly in the Manistee national forest. That was a 20 minute drive from any form of civilization. We preferred Interlochen, but both were fantastic.

We really weren't ready to come home. #cabininthewoods is becoming an increasingly frequent talking point here.
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We're camping every other week all over Michigan. Come join!
Desertbreh wrote: Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:40 pm My guess would be that Chris took some time off because he has read the dialogue on this page 1,345 times and decided to spend some of his free time doing something besides beating a horse to death.
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Detroit wrote: Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:51 pm
wap wrote: Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:44 pm

:megusta:
I really miss camping.
We're camping every other week all over Michigan. Come join!
Sure, because what you really want is some old 3rd wheel :wap: sitting awkwardly alone by the fire trying not to listen while you and Infamous :dock: your brains out inside the pop up.
:lolol:
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wap wrote: Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:04 pm
Detroit wrote: Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:51 pm
We're camping every other week all over Michigan. Come join!
Sure, because what you really want is some old 3rd wheel :wap: sitting awkwardly alone by the fire trying not to listen while you and Infamous :dock: your brains out inside the pop up.
:lolol:
Nah, we only do that when it's just the two of us. We were with friends this weekend and didn't :dock: at all.

:doomed:

Days are spent kayaking, swimming, hiking, smoking (optional, no pressure), and cooking over the fire. 5/7 would recommend.
Desertbreh wrote: Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:40 pm My guess would be that Chris took some time off because he has read the dialogue on this page 1,345 times and decided to spend some of his free time doing something besides beating a horse to death.
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Detroit wrote: Tue Jul 14, 2020 5:04 pm
wap wrote: Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:04 pm

Sure, because what you really want is some old 3rd wheel :wap: sitting awkwardly alone by the fire trying not to listen while you and Infamous :dock: your brains out inside the pop up.
:lolol:
Nah, we only do that when it's just the two of us. We were with friends this weekend and didn't :dock: at all.

:doomed:

Days are spent kayaking, swimming, hiking, smoking (optional, no pressure), and cooking over the fire. 5/7 would recommend.
:notbad: indeed
:wap: Where are these mangos?
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Parents put money on a trailer. I think it's a Lance, about 18-20' long ish. No clue though they won't tell me exactly what it is :hibachi:
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Johnny_P wrote: Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:33 am Parents put money on a trailer. I think it's a Lance, about 18-20' long ish. No clue though they won't tell me exactly what it is :hibachi:
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I was looking at Lance slide-ins last night. They look well built from online pics.
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Apex wrote: Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:34 am
Johnny_P wrote: Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:33 am Parents put money on a trailer. I think it's a Lance, about 18-20' long ish. No clue though they won't tell me exactly what it is :hibachi:
:neat:

I was looking at Lance slide-ins last night. They look well built from online pics.
I think they have a month before it should come in to their RV dealer. So they have some time to find a tow vehicle. I gave them some ideas, not sure which way they will go.
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Johnny_P wrote: Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:39 am
Apex wrote: Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:34 am

:neat:

I was looking at Lance slide-ins last night. They look well built from online pics.
I think they have a month before it should come in to their RV dealer. So they have some time to find a tow vehicle. I gave them some ideas, not sure which way they will go.
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Apex wrote: Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:34 am
Johnny_P wrote: Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:33 am Parents put money on a trailer. I think it's a Lance, about 18-20' long ish. No clue though they won't tell me exactly what it is :hibachi:
:neat:

I was looking at Lance slide-ins last night. They look well built from online pics.
I love slide ins, but they're so heavy.
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CaleDeRoo wrote: Mon Aug 10, 2020 8:34 pm
Apex wrote: Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:34 am

:neat:

I was looking at Lance slide-ins last night. They look well built from online pics.
I love slide ins, but they're so heavy.
Yeah, there’s a few that are alright for a half ton but most of them you’re going to want a 3/4 ton at least.
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:notbad: never heard of Lance. Slide in campers are great if you don't stay in the same place for a while.

I was daydreaming yesterday about a Power Wagon with a slide in camper for overland type adventure. Would be 5/7.
Desertbreh wrote: Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:40 pm My guess would be that Chris took some time off because he has read the dialogue on this page 1,345 times and decided to spend some of his free time doing something besides beating a horse to death.
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Desertbreh wrote: Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:05 pm DFD. The forum where everybody makes the same choices and then tells anybody trying to join the club that they are the stupidest motherfucker to ever walk the earth.
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razr390 wrote: Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:51 pm everyone in my neck of the woods has an F250/350 super dooty
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Detroit wrote: Tue Aug 11, 2020 11:38 am :notbad: never heard of Lance. Slide in campers are great if you don't stay in the same place for a while.

I was daydreaming yesterday about a Power Wagon with a slide in camper for overland type adventure. Would be 5/7.
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Detroit wrote: Tue Aug 11, 2020 11:38 am :notbad: never heard of Lance. Slide in campers are great if you don't stay in the same place for a while.

I was daydreaming yesterday about a Power Wagon with a slide in camper for overland type adventure. Would be 5/7.
AEV Prospectors get the juices flowing.
The Cummins Power Wagon Dodge refuses to build.
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