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Old 09-02-2011, 08:11 AM   #1
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Jayflight ONLY for Boondocking!

Yes, the title is correct. I am a newbie that bought a Jayflight 26ft bh ONLY for boondocking on my hunting property. I am supposed to pick it up from the dealer in a couple of weeks and was wondering if anyone had a list of items I should have the dealer add to the trailer to make it as boondock-worthy as possible (i.e. another battery?, what size generator?different wiring?? etc)
My trips will only be 2-3 days at a time with an occasional 4 or 5 day stint.

ALL help/advice will be greatly appreciated s I am not very handy and would like the dealer to do as much of the work as possible.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:31 PM   #2
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If you are going to leave your unit between trips, or when parked at home not plugged in, make sure you either have a battery cut-off swith or remove your wire from battery. You have systems that run 100% of time that will completely drain and kill your battery.

Another option is a sufficiently sized solar panel that keeps your battery charged.
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Old 09-03-2011, 10:43 AM   #3
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I would say the biggest thing that would help you is a dual set of batteries. If you manage them well you should be able to get through 2 or 3 days unless you have to run the furnace a considerable amount. If it were me, I would camp a couple of times before you load up on too much. Have your dealer give you one of their accessory catalogs and then go through it while you are sitting in the camper.
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Old 09-04-2011, 08:20 AM   #4
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Go with a pair of 6 volt golf cart batteries. They will last longer in use and for years.. it is not uncommon for golf cart batteries to last up to 14 years. All RV's are boondock ready as they leave the factory. Just most people are too timid to think about camping like that.
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Thanks for the posts thus far. It makes me feel like I can use it the way I wanted to with some planning. Do you think the dealer will install 2 6 volts for me?
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[QUOTE=Seann45;35908]Go with a pair of 6 volt golf cart batteries. They will last longer in use and for years.. it is not uncommon for golf cart batteries to last up to 14 years. All RV's are boondock ready as they leave the factory. QUOTE]

Most folks that RV now a days would like to just hook up and enjoy! Don and I are folks that that no longer have to boondock. But there are folks that desire to boondock... Perhaps we need a forum for this.....
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:15 AM   #7
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Thanks for the posts thus far. It makes me feel like I can use it the way I wanted to with some planning. Do you think the dealer will install 2 6 volts for me?
NO reason why the dealer would not do this... you would just pay him his labor rate... make sure he uses 8 ga wire or larger.
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Old 09-05-2011, 02:33 PM   #8
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we spent 25 days in northern Ontario without hookups. The golf cart batt is a good idea I used an 80 watt solar panel and never had any power issues. Depending on your needs it should work out fine. Our charge controller would handle 160 watts I also change all lighting to LED. Big difference.
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:22 PM   #9
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ok,so 2 6volt batteries, 8 gauge wire, dont know what a charge controller is, but I wil ask the dealer for one I suppose. anything else?
Great stuff! Much appreciated!
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I boondock quite a bit, one thing that hasn't been mentioned is a generator. The batteries won't run the microwave, toaster, TV, etc. If you don't think you will ever need the A/C, then just get a 1000W one. The Honda is very quiet and will run everything else. I have the Yamaha 2400I because there are times that I want the A/C, I am very happy with it, it uses very little fuel compared to a contractor unit I have. It will charge your batteries whenever you run it. If you leave your unit parked away from the grid, you will need a way to charge them anyways. I don't have any experience with solar.

The Honda is what I would get if I was doing what you are (assuming no A/C) because it is real light. There are Chinese knockoffs that many say are real good also for a lot less money, but I have no experience with them. You could do a search for generators here and get lots of threads to look at.
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