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Old 01-27-2005, 12:11 PM   #1
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Howdy everyone:
We currantly have a Bigfoot pickup camper. Have used it part time for two years and now we are getting ready to take some long trips and need more room. We are looking seriously at Allegro 30' gas. I was asking about using it in the back country and what issues I might run into dry camping, on rv.net forum. Someone tere suggested this forum to get answers.
I have already looked into the power and am haveing more batteries and a 125 watt solar panel installed. Also more 12 outlets in the coach so we can use small inverters instead of one big one. I have already had problems using a big one, as they do not like the bumpy back roads.
I am also worried about clearance when I leave the paved roads and get on dirt and gravel. I realize you have to exercise more caution, but I am looking for imput from any of you that have used class A's offroad and dry camping.
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Old 01-27-2005, 12:11 PM   #2
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Howdy everyone:
We currantly have a Bigfoot pickup camper. Have used it part time for two years and now we are getting ready to take some long trips and need more room. We are looking seriously at Allegro 30' gas. I was asking about using it in the back country and what issues I might run into dry camping, on rv.net forum. Someone tere suggested this forum to get answers.
I have already looked into the power and am haveing more batteries and a 125 watt solar panel installed. Also more 12 outlets in the coach so we can use small inverters instead of one big one. I have already had problems using a big one, as they do not like the bumpy back roads.
I am also worried about clearance when I leave the paved roads and get on dirt and gravel. I realize you have to exercise more caution, but I am looking for imput from any of you that have used class A's offroad and dry camping.
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Old 01-27-2005, 02:40 PM   #3
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Hi and welcome to our forum. I don't know anything about offroad or dry camping, except for 1 night, but Allegro is a good MH, and Bob Tiffin stands behind his work. Good luck, and keep posting
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Old 01-28-2005, 02:45 AM   #4
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Welcome, nvborn to our website and forum. We have only dry camped at Wally World and at the races; neither of which are off road.
Following are some links that may be helpfull:
www.ccis.com/home/mnemeth/12volt/12volt.htm http://www.usbattery.com/care.htm

http://www.dcbattery.com/faq.html#1
http://www.windsun.com/Batteries/Bat...ery%20Charging
http://www.rvsolarelectric.com/sources.htm
http://bart.ccis.com/home/mnemeth/hints.htm
Looking forward to reading of your adventures.
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Old 01-28-2005, 04:35 AM   #5
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Welcome to IRV2

So someone recommended you check this forum out, eh? I wonder who that could've been.

There are lots of great forums on this website that are directed to the various areas of interest pertaining to RVs. You should definitely check out the "RV Lifestyles" section. There's a Boondocking forum in there that should be of particular interest to you.

Feel free to ask questions or post any time. I think you'll find that there's lots of friendly folks here that are more than willing to help out and share experiences.

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Old 01-28-2005, 08:18 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone:
I have got to some of the links and it has made a lot of difference. I now know what to ask for before I buy my rig and what I'll have to add on my own.
Sure do appreciate all the help!!!
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Old 02-08-2005, 11:14 AM   #7
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Hello - New to iRV2 site. My husband and I have been RVing for 15years, before that a tent.
We only dry camp. Out in the middle of nowhere most of the time.

We purchase a new rig in December.

New Rig: 2005 Itsca Sunrise. Love the floorplan. Not happy with Dealer/service.

Have been researching "Battery" problems. Darn things been in the shop twice, with both house and chassis battery dead. Dealer can't seem to find the problem. Only takes 3-4 days, no battery.

Any ideas?

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Old 02-08-2005, 12:26 PM   #8
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nvborn, Welcome to the IRV2 forum, sorry I can't help you out, I haven't dry camp since my tenting days. Ed
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Old 02-08-2005, 04:19 PM   #9
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Hello Everyone,
New to this Forum but belong to two other RV Forums. I have been camping for just a few years but camped a lot when the kids were little back in the early 70's. We have a 1995 Roadtrek 190 Versitale Class B. We do a lot of day trips and weekends and the Class B fits us just fine. Someday may go to a 5th wheel but my 2001 Chevy Truck is only a 4.8 engine so it would have to be a short 5er unless I trade for a bigger truck.
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Old 02-08-2005, 05:59 PM   #10
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Welcome Victoria and David
We do a lot of dry camping (boondocking) also, usually in the National Forests or BLM lands.
Post your battery question in the Motor Home Problems Forum and you will get a better response. Are the batteries going down when the rig is stored, or while using it?
What part of CA are you in? Don't be fooled by our address, we are about 60 miles east of Frisco.
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Thanks Loren -

Orange County - California

Batteries - both when in use or stored for 3-4 days. They just cant seem to find the drain. Never had any problems with are old rig, but we didn't have all the features the new one has, technology at it's finest.

Camp: California Winter: Salten City area, have rail and motorcycles, Quad.

Summer: Colorado River (ski boat) and 2 - 4 weeks Lake Almanor near Reno.

We try to get out at least ever other weekend. When kids schedule allow.
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Hello Victoria @ David,
Now I understand the "Sandwitch" name
Can't help much with the battery problems, since I don't know much about the Itasca setup. Post your problem in the Winnebago and/or MH Problems forums. Three or four days (on the house batteries) is pretty good if you are camping in it, but should last longer when stored. Since it is new though, stay on the dealer and/or Winnebago customer service until they correct the problem.
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