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Surgtech94

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valhalla360 wrote:

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The 1000W pure sine wave inverter is a generator? Is there anything like adding another battery? Our TT does have the ability to add solar. I might have to check this out


No it is not. To make an inverter work, you need an inverter, battery bank (large enough to feed a 1000w inverter) and a means of recharging (often solar but it doesn't have to be)

The real question is are you interested in boondocking...if not, you don't need solar or generator at all.

While driving, you truck will charge the battery and when connected to shore power, the onboard charger will keep the battery up.

If it's just a quick overnight and you don't need air/con or other high power items, you can get by with just the single battery that comes standard. It's when you want to stay off grid for multiple days where solar & generators start becoming standard items.

As far as water, it's nice to have a bit in case you need to use the bathroom while on the road but unless you are planning on being away from utilities, no sense carrying a full tank.

As retirees, look to slow down. We shoot for 100-150miles per day and rarely travel on back to back days. This avoids a lot of need to stop frequently.

We usually have a rough plan a week out and call up a day or so ahead of time to make sure they have sites.

Also look at weekly or monthly rates. They are typically much cheaper.

Another option especially if only staying overnight is Passport America or Boondockers Welcome (there are some other programs also). These are discount/free stops but typically have significant limitations that make them unsuitable for family holiday travel but for full time travel, they can be used to your advantage.


Thank you. Appreciate the information. No we probably won’t boondocks unless absolutely necessary. What I would like to do, is to have an end destination and on the route to get there stay maybe 2 days at each site along the way, and on the way home, maybe stay a little longer at some of those places depending on location, spending may 5 days at the end destination,

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Surgtech94 wrote:

Thank you. Appreciate the information. No we probably won’t boondocks unless absolutely necessary. What I would like to do, is to have an end destination and on the route to get there stay maybe 2 days and on the way home, maybe stay a little longer at some of those places depending on location


Detroit to Salt Lake City is likely going to be north of 30hr of driving. That's a lot of miles to cover in 2 days.

We usually plan on averaging about 50mph and it usually works out pretty close to that.

You say you are retired...is there a time limit on your trip? Racing to get to a destination is usually something you see working folks with a weeks vacation do.


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Surg,

You may not plan on Boondocking, but drycamping is almost necessary in many cases. The thing is, if you are ready to do that, it opens an amazing number of options. If the trailer battery charges off the Tow Vehicle (TV) and it should, then you won't need the generator for a simple Over Night Park (ONP). You will have lights, water, your reefer and the gas stove. Your bed is right there, as is the euphemism. What more do you need before morning?

Example: You go west along I-94. Late in the day you will be in Hammond (IN). There is a friendly Cabela's there. After asking the manager, park on the west edge of the lot. Other than the casino, there are not many other quiet places to spend the night. This is why being self-contained can be important.

In the morning, have breakfast and fire up. You are now past the south end of Lake Michigan and there are a huge number of open options. Cabela's is just one option. RVparky can lead you to many more.

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Matt_Colie wrote:

Surg,

You may not plan on Boondocking, but drycamping is almost necessary in many cases. The thing is, if you are ready to do that, it opens an amazing number of options. If the trailer battery charges off the Tow Vehicle (TV) and it should, then you won't need the generator for a simple Over Night Park (ONP). You will have lights, water, your reefer and the gas stove. Your bed is right there, as is the euphemism. What more do you need before morning?

Example: You go west along I-94. Late in the day you will be in Hammond (IN). There is a friendly Cabela's there. After asking the manager, park on the west edge of the lot. Other than the casino, there are not many other quiet places to spend the night. This is why being self-contained can be important.

In the morning, have breakfast and fire up. You are now past the south end of Lake Michigan and there are a huge number of open options. Cabela's is just one option. RVparky can lead you to many more.

Matt


Thank you. Appreciate the reply and information. Can’t wait for winter to be over and start camping. Lol

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Most RV parks set aside at least some sites for overnighters. The only reservations I make are at our destination otherwise we use the RVPARKY app to find parks on our route. It also shows gas stations and Cracker Barrels and other places. It gives you all the info you need to find an overnight park. We start looking at around 2 or 3 pm to find a place to stay. We call them and then have them hold a site with an estimated time of arrival. I have the luxury of owning my own time because I am retired so I can take as much time as I want to going somewhere.

You will find it very difficult to hold to a schedule if you try to make reservations at every park you think you might stay at...and sometimes you might lose your reservation deposit if they require one and if you don't make it.

Get better acquainted with how your RV systems work. Water pumps, slides, lights and furnaces work off of your 12 volt battery. Depending on if you have to run your furnace while you are not on shore power you will deplete that battery in one night depending on how cool it is out and frequency of running it. At some time you will have to settle for staying in a Walmart parking lot so understand how to conserve your battery. Like others have suggested, upgrade your battery to a better deep cycle marine battery with a high amp hour rating. Your air conditioner requires 110 volts to run so if it's hot out and you can't plug into a shore power source you will not have that available to use.

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Most RV parks set aside at least some sites for overnighters. The only reservations I make are at our destination otherwise we use the RVPARKY app to find parks on our route. It also shows gas stations and Cracker Barrels and other places. It gives you all the info you need to find an overnight park. We start looking at around 2 or 3 pm to find a place to stay. We call them and then have them hold a site with an estimated time of arrival. I have the luxury of owning my own time because I am retired so I can take as much time as I want to going somewhere.

You will find it very difficult to hold to a schedule if you try to make reservations at every park you think you might stay at...and sometimes you might lose your reservation deposit if they require one and if you don't make it.

Get better acquainted with how your RV systems work. Water pumps, slides, lights and furnaces work off of your 12 volt battery. Depending on if you have to run your furnace while you are not on shore power you will deplete that battery in one night depending on how cool it is out and frequency of running it. At some time you will have to settle for staying in a Walmart parking lot so understand how to conserve your battery. Like others have suggested, upgrade your battery to a better deep cycle marine battery with a high amp hour rating. Your air conditioner requires 110 volts to run so if it's hot out and you can't plug into a shore power source you will not have that available to use.


Thank you. I guess I missed the battery upgrade. We just need to get out of our comfort zones of staying in state parks

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We had a 28' Jayco back in the day and our Yukon was the towing unit. We were able to go everywhere with that set up across Canada and all the western states and most of the US. Never had a water issue but we did carry a couple of cases of drinking water for coffee and drinking as we didn't feel safe in some areas and in others the water tasted terrible. We also have a Honda generator for making coffee in the morning and lighting at night. You will have a great time the only thing I suggest is if you are going to high density areas get reservations for those or go when school is in session. Remember you can be flexible now. Good Luck


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Surgtech94 wrote:

ken56 wrote:

Most RV parks set aside at least some sites for overnighters. The only reservations I make are at our destination otherwise we use the RVPARKY app to find parks on our route. It also shows gas stations and Cracker Barrels and other places. It gives you all the info you need to find an overnight park. We start looking at around 2 or 3 pm to find a place to stay. We call them and then have them hold a site with an estimated time of arrival. I have the luxury of owning my own time because I am retired so I can take as much time as I want to going somewhere.

You will find it very difficult to hold to a schedule if you try to make reservations at every park you think you might stay at...and sometimes you might lose your reservation deposit if they require one and if you don't make it.

Get better acquainted with how your RV systems work. Water pumps, slides, lights and furnaces work off of your 12 volt battery. Depending on if you have to run your furnace while you are not on shore power you will deplete that battery in one night depending on how cool it is out and frequency of running it. At some time you will have to settle for staying in a Walmart parking lot so understand how to conserve your battery. Like others have suggested, upgrade your battery to a better deep cycle marine battery with a high amp hour rating. Your air conditioner requires 110 volts to run so if it's hot out and you can't plug into a shore power source you will not have that available to use.


Thank you. I guess I missed the battery upgrade. We just need to get out of our comfort zones of staying in state parks

A better idea for you to learn how to use your trailer is to go to the place you have been going to. The difference is when you get there, pretend the water and electric are not there. Use your fresh water tank, and propane. If things go bad for you, plug in or hook up. That way your time isn't wasted and you can learn what to do next time. Actually, you can do the same thing in your driveway just to learn how to use your rv in ways you haven't before.

It may sound strange to some here, but when I pull in to a full hookup rv site, I am lost. We have only done that two or three times, and it just feels like cheating to me. 8)


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dieseltruckdriver wrote:

A better idea for you to learn how to use your trailer is to go to the place you have been going to.


Why does everyone seem insistent on the OP boondocking?

It's certainly an option but far from a necessity.

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valhalla360 wrote:

Why does everyone seem insistent on the OP boondocking?

It's certainly an option but far from a necessity.


No, it is not a necessity, but neither is having a fully capable TT.

The whole point is to make travel both more effective, efficient and pleasurable. Being able to drive until late because you know that the parking lot won't be closed will take some stress out of the situation.

It is also good to have a navigator in the right seat. Not one bit necessary, but it sure is nice. (It is also nice to not pay for things you don't need or even want.)

Matt

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