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Old 07-06-2015, 05:57 PM   #11
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I do a few things. I have a spare batter, I will those in the bed of the truck, when I know power will be an issue. I just swap batteries as needed. I also made a plug that connects to my 7 pin, and connects to the weak batter, that is in the bed of the truck. As I am driving it will recharge. In Yellowstone there is a lot of driving, so to recharge it is easy. We are also conservative on our power usage when out for extended stays. We will turn off all the overhead ceiling lights at each location. Then reach up and turn on the one and only the one we need. Saves a lot of battery life. Without the need for heat, we have gone for 5 nights on a single battery. If heat is needed, the longest we can go is about 2 nights.
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Old 07-07-2015, 05:51 AM   #12
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The first 3 months of this year was spent on a trip of the western part of the USA. It came as a surprise to me at the heavy restriction or ban of generators. I bought a suitcase solar panel as a result. Have played with it some but haven't had an opportunity to put it to use yet. The second battery is a must if you are going to do any dry camping in my OP. We truly enjoy dry camping AFTER we made some mods to prepare for it.
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:24 AM   #13
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We just returned from YNP and Teton. Spent two weeks just outside the parks in the forest dry camping. I installed new LED bulbs just before the trip as well as two 280 watt solar panels and a 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter and two GC2 6 volt batteries. We watched movies at night, popped pop corn in the microwave, ran the heater several nights (31 degrees one night) and never once cranked the generator. I estimate that the money saved not paying CG fees just about paid for the entire solar setup that we will continue to enjoy.
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Another vote for solar as I am now a convert as well. We have 300W on the roof and two 6v batteries. Don't need to plug in anymore unless I want to run the microwave or the air conditioning.
I also disabled my converter so it doesn't charge the battery even if we are plugged in.

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Forget the furnace.. it wastes too much propane and electric. I went with a big buddy heater... works great in cooler temps and can be plumbed right to your propane lines
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Forget the furnace.. it wastes too much propane and electric. I went with a big buddy heater... works great in cooler temps and can be plumbed right to your propane lines
I have a Big Buddy I bought to use on the patio. Do you have to leave a window cracked while using it inside?
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I have a Big Buddy I bought to use on the patio. Do you have to leave a window cracked while using it inside?
Safety says YES.. roof vent cracked a little bit is good.. PLEASE NOTE I don't sleep with mine on.. Jumping up in the morning turning it on and leaping back into bed first thing in the AM is not that big a deal to me.. I find that even alone, with the bedroom door closed it stays 10 degrees warmer than the rest of the RV.
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I have a Big Buddy I bought to use on the patio. Do you have to leave a window cracked while using it inside?
We spent 3 months on a western trip last winter. We used the big buddy exclusively. Cracked a window in both ends of the camper and cracked the roof vent. We do sleep with ours on!! The DW prefers it to the furnace even when hooked up to power. It is more comfortable on a lot less propane . No fans coming on & off thru the night. The only drawback is that I end up getting up during the night to turn it up a notch as the temperatures outside drop.
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We also use the Big Buddy - got one on recommendation from Seann. It works great. We sleep with it on low when it's really cold. It takes up a lot of space, but we usually just set it up at night. It gets way too hot in the trailer if we leave it on high very long...

We pretty much always have the bath vent open (has a cover) and one of the rear bunk windows and a front window cracked. That's probably way more than enough, but works great.

We also run the 2 6-volt batts and only use a 1000 watt Honda - just enough to charge the batteries. Running less that 2 hours a day, we can pretty much go indefinitely. LED lights are a must - I just got the cheapies on ebay and they get the job done.
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