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Old 08-19-2016, 10:51 AM   #1
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1st big boondocking trip.

Planning our first big trip to Arizona this winter. Trying to figure out what we'll need. Looking for tips on generators, blueboy capacity, 20 amp solar use...etc. any tips would be appreciated.
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Old 08-19-2016, 01:00 PM   #2
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Two words: "Learning Curve" and its a big one!


Only you can determine what is correct for your crew's and RV's needs.


SWMBO and use very little electricity (a 1KW genset @ 45 mins/day is too much)
Lots of propane (cooking, refrigeration and heat)
Totally screw up on food (I buy enough to feed us. Then we go out or over to friends).


Water 20/20/5 was too small. 50/50/20 is too much.


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Whether you need A/C or not will determine the amount of genset you'll need. Do the kids have an electronics addiction?
Will you be running the heater at all? Them things use LOTS of propane very quickly.
How well trained is the crew at 'navy showers'? How many can wash themselves in less than a gallon of water?
How close (hours/days) are you to fresh water and/or dump station?
You are gong to have to determine how often you need to take on fresh water and dump waste water based on your crew's needs.


Several short trips locally to get a feel for your needs. Then we can help size up equipment. Anything short of that is guesswork and wasted money.
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Old 08-19-2016, 01:07 PM   #3
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Where will you stay when you get here?; boondocking, RV park, campground, family member's home, will help determine utility hookups, conveniences, accessibility and so on.
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You will need on of these to monitor your battery... when it displays 12.0 Volts, it is time to turn everything that runs on 12VDC "OFF". Plug it into your 12VDC Accessory outlet inside the TT. Batteries can get very expensive to replace on a regular basis.

What is the Ah rating on your battery(s). !2volt battery or 2 6 volt batteries in series?

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We've been taking short mon/Thursday trips within a 25 mile radius. Planning a two week trip South Dakota fishing trip. About 1000 miles round trip.
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We're also relatively familiar with where we're headed: down by the Yuma proving grounds. Already know the distance and location of the dump sit, showers/ facilities. Choosing the boondock option lol. Access to facilities, no services. Being retired military we can use the base facilities for odds and ends.
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Down by the Yuma proving grounds. Familiar with the area. In laws used to winter over there. Got us interested.
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We're also relatively familiar with where we're headed: down by the Yuma proving grounds. Already know the distance and location of the dump sit, showers/ facilities. Choosing the boondock option lol. Access to facilities, no services. Being retired military we can use the base facilities for odds and ends.
I've passed by that area, I believe, on the way to the Imperial Dam LTVA camping area.

I suggest getting a waste tote that can handle most, if not all of the liquid from either the gray or black tank. I have 32 gallon gray/black tanks and have a 30 gallon tote. Think about how you will refill your fresh water tanks on the trailer. Some use expandable bladders that could fill your tank in one trip. I use four 6 gallon water jugs, and make a few trips when it's time to top off the tanks.

If you're using your batteries much at all, get at least a 2000kw generator, and if you need to use your air conditioner, you'll need a larger unit than that. I typically run my generator 4 hours more or less a day for just using lights, television (using a small 800 watt inverter), and charging computer/phones. If you don't get your batteries close to a full charge daily, their life will be drastically reduced.

Instead of investing in a generator, consider going with solar panels. You'll get plenty of sun down there to handle most anything, except air conditioning-unless you get lots of panels and many batteries. Lots of solar related threads here that would help you figure out what you need in that department.

Learn to strictly conserve your water, both the use of fresh and the way you manage your waste water. Doing that will help cut back on the number of trips you take both refilling fresh and dumping waste. I've boondocked the Quartzsite LTVA a few seasons, plus spent a little time at Imperial Dam.
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Be aware cell phone coverage in that are is iffy at best.. I have looked at it several times but lack of signal has kept me out of there..
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I spent some time north of there last winter. There's a dump station in Quartzsite. Depending on how long you are going to be down there you could look into the LaPosa LTVA just south of Quartzsite, it has onsite dump station & water. We were @ Hi Jolly for a week then back in the area later in the winter for a week @ Plomosa. Not much of anything down in the Yuma PG area.

Lots of good boondocking in the Quartzsite area. Last winter I ran with 4x 6v & 1kw gen. This winter I plan to have it supplemented with ~300w of solar. Our stay limit is the black tank, usually for 2 of us it's 10-12days. We'll be back thru there again this winter.
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