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RE: Mattresses, what’s your recommendation and why?

Wow expected a lot more reply's than this.Thanks to those who replied custom made is not the route I wanted to take, I was hoping to get some info on off the shelf mattresses. Wilderness, Brooklyn Bedding, etc....
Quint Da Man 08/22/22 11:47am General RVing Issues
Mattresses, what’s your recommendation and why?

It’s time to replace our mattress, we have the stock mattress and put a memory foam topper on top but it’s still not the comfort we are looking for. Our home mattress is a luxury firm which is somewhere between medium and firm. We have an RV queen. What is your preference and why?
Quint Da Man 08/18/22 08:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Battery upgrade, maybe solar option also

Very interesting video on an extensive test of AGM vs Lithium batteries. Enjoy Testing RV Batteries
Quint Da Man 02/17/22 01:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery upgrade, maybe solar option also

I live in Massachusetts and early spring late fall camping have many a night below freezing. 2 recent videos from Will Prowse. CHINS $579 12V 100Ah, with heaters: Actually impressive! LiFePO4 Cold Temperature Misconceptions: Do you really need internal heaters? Excellent video's thank you....
Quint Da Man 02/17/22 07:48am Tech Issues
RE: Battery upgrade, maybe solar option also

If I were in your shoes, I'd want to do some kind of energy audit before going any further. I'd want to know how many ah's equate to "4 or 5 hours of light duty use". This data would help size any future system. Plus, it would be the perfect time to verify there are no high current parasitic situations drawing down your batteries excessively. You'd definitely want to rectify that problem before proceeding. Have you had your 2 house batteries load-tested? Bad cells in relatively new batteries is not unheard of. It takes a fair amount of current, roughly 20-25a, to draw down two properly charged mid-sized, Group 27 12v batteries to 50% SOC in 4 or 5 hours. If you're hearing alarms, odds are the batteries are being discharged much lower than 50% SOC. This significantly reduces their longevity, ah capability and compounds your problem. Unless you're powering a residential fridge or some other higher current device, something doesn't sound quite right. A voltmeter and a clamp-on DC ammeter would help answer all these questions in relatively short order. Thanks for your input and suggestions. There may very well be parasitic drain that I am not aware of I'll take a look at that. I do have a residential refrigerator and a couple of monitoring devices (about 10 watts a piece)that are a continuous drain. Refrigerator is a single door style with a top freezer and ice maker I estimate about 1kWh per day. I can pull the batteries and do a load test that's the only way I'll know if they are being fully charged.
Quint Da Man 02/17/22 06:29am Tech Issues
RE: Battery upgrade, maybe solar option also

When up grading batteries check to see if your converter is up to the task of charging them. AGM and Lithium batteries take different charging rates and voltages! Yes, another cost, but don't damage the new batteries. Thanks I'll look into that. I was just up in North Tonawanda this weekend. My rig is at Colton RV as we speak. That's who will be doing the upgrade if I go forward wit it.
Quint Da Man 02/16/22 07:56am Tech Issues
Battery upgrade, maybe solar option also

Trying to learn a little bit about battery upgrades including a solar option. I have a 2020 Thor Class C, it has 2 house batteries. Last year we joined Harvest Host and did a little more boondocking than usual. I found that the house batteries seem to drop below acceptable levels in about 4 or 5 hours of light duty use (TV and a few lights for a couple of hours). What happens is all the electronic devises hooked up to the battery system I.E. CO2, Leveling system, Fire alarm all start beeping at around 2am. The only thing that is running after around 10pm is the refrigerator and those smaller electronic devises. I've researched lithium battery upgrades and that doesn't seem to be an option because of their limitations in cold weather (below 40 degrees). I live in Massachusetts and early spring late fall camping have many a night below freezing. Another option from my under standing would be AGM batteries these seem to be better than standard batteries but not as good as lithium. I have also had priced out a solar option. My rig is solar prepped so the upgrade would be 4 AGM batteries and two 150w solar panels for about $4500.00 installed. That was a lot more than I expected. Now I'm thinking about maybe just upgrading to 4 AGM batteries and hope they will hold charge at least long enough to get through the night. I'd love to hear peoples ideas, and options, things they have done. We plan on doing a hell of a lot more boondocking in the near future so would like to resolve this issue. Please educate me. Thanks
Quint Da Man 02/16/22 07:31am Tech Issues
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