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07-19-2011, 10:22 PM
Sold the sailboat, bought a X17C. Borrowed a pop up last summer and camped around Thunder Bay area. (We live in SW Ont.) Enough to convince us to go this route for now. Used to camp with the kids at lacrosse tourny's in a VW Westfalia.
We are towing with an 08 Ranger 4L. super cab 4x4. Rated 5500lbs.
Huskey WDH and sway control. Converted to LED and 80 watt solar panel. Single battery 115 AH. Operated 9 days on solar with no problems. Will probably add another battery next year. Leaving Thursday for a month to provincial parks with no electric. Trip is about 900 miles north.
07-19-2011, 10:33 PM
Welcome Lounsy! We have quite a few members that are very interested in a dry camp setup like yours! If you have some time, I know they would love to see some pics of your mods. We especially like to hear how you conserve battery and how long you can last without shore power. As I am sure you know - real world experience is invaluable!
07-20-2011, 04:46 AM
Welcome to the forum! If I remember correctly the X17C has a floor plan like the 23B just a little shorter. Lots of good info here especially the modification forum.
07-20-2011, 07:25 AM
Well, when we return, I'll fill you in with the good and the bad.
07-20-2011, 08:08 AM
Welcome to the forum. You'll love the 17C, they are great units and all you really need. Pay attention to the payload, it is really low, so carry the majority of your weight in the tow vehicle.
Keep up posted on your adventures!
07-20-2011, 05:07 PM
Welcome to the forum, Lounsy. I hope you enjoy your new Jayco.
09-05-2011, 12:06 PM
Back from our trip north for a couple of weeks, but first chance to post. Total trip was 3378 km. or 2095 miles. We were in parks for a total of 25 days. So, mileage was 17.9 litres/Km, or 16 miles per gallon. The solar panel was amazing. Never was there a concern about power. Even on a couple of overcast rainy mornings it was still charging. I did not permanently attach the panel I simply attached a couple of telescoping legs so I could move it around to the sun. Cables are about 20 feet. I secured the controller under a bunk in a waterproof case. All easy to pack up when moving. Most days the charge controller was spilling off excess power. I will try to attach some pics of our site and the panel.
09-05-2011, 12:14 PM
Here are a couple more site pics
09-05-2011, 05:25 PM
Wow! What a great trip. That is a nice setup with that solar panel - I am definitely jealous! Have quite a few years to go before I will be able to take a trip that long...
09-06-2011, 09:01 PM
Hey thanks. Sure was nice. The longer you are there the longer you want to stay. Also nice to know what your outfit is capable of. With a few propane runs I figure I'm good for the summer in that unit.
09-06-2011, 09:36 PM
Belated welcome Lounsy! Amazing trip with your new tt! I wish we could take our kayaks with us, but unfortunately we have a half ton with a very heavy tongue weight. The payload of our F-150 would be maxed out if we tried to add the kayaks :(
Great job on the solar. Don made one, but we rarely boondock so never bring it with us :)
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