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Old 08-02-2013, 09:43 AM   #11
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A motorcycle battery is still 12 volt. It would be big enough to supple water pump enroute, and lights on a very limited bases. The most important thing, you have a 12 volt battery for the emergency brakes. For propane, if you wanted, you could get a couple one pound bottles and get a "steak saver" that would allow you to connect a 1 pound to the campers regulator... Just in case you wanted to use the indoor stove for something.

Those 2 things combines drop about 70-80 pounds!

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Old 08-02-2013, 09:57 AM   #12
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http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...FY5r7AodUVgAnQ

Here is the steak saver. It lets you connect the 1 pound propane to your camper.

http://emptygrilltank.com/tank-sizes...pecifications/

This 5 pound propane bottle drops 16 pounds, but still allows you to run you water heater and fridge off of gas. It would easily get yo through a week long trip.

Doing some searching, a group 24 battery weights about 41 pounds. A small motorcycle battery weighs 5.

36 pounds for the battery + 16 for 5 pound propane bottle = 52 pounds reduction in tongue weight.

It MIGHT even be possible (extreme) to use a 12v drill battery to use in place of the motorcycle battery. I'm not sure if that would meet the power requirements for the emergancy brakes.
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Old 08-02-2013, 04:20 PM   #13
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I keep trying to reply and it keeps losing my reply! Anyway...thank you all very much. I think between the tire being moved back, the motorcycle 12 v battery, and the smaller propane tanks I should be able to make this work! We only consistantly go without power once a year at an island camp ground on Lake Erie and that is only a 30 minute drive to the ferry, so for the extra $30 I'll just take a 2nd vehicle on that trip and bring it all! Again, thanks all!
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I have a Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner with a towing weight of 5000#. It's factory lifted and has a dropped hitch. Interesting thing is that I have to jack up the trailer hitch to get the hitch wheel off! I didn't have to do this at "dry weight". The trailer tows properly with the dropped hitch, there's just not enough ground clearance to install or remove the hitch wheel assembly. Go figure!
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We have just 1 propane tank (4.2 gal tank) and found that is fine. We have been on the road for as much as a month and top off tank in mid trip.
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