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Old 03-12-2018, 02:48 PM   #43
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Any solar on that unit, or just Genny?
I installed 3 Mitsubishi 255 watt mono-crystal panels (totals 765 watts) on a rack on the roof which enables the panels to cover 2 vents and half the shower sky light. The panels are about 5" above the Bay Star roof and stay cooler because of good air flow. In the summer the panels power thru the Outback controller send 60 amps to the 800 AH battery bank. Makes boon docking easy and comfortable.

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Old 03-13-2018, 07:15 AM   #44
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We ended just about five straight weeks of boonddocking, our first every in our new coach. We've only been full time since December. One at Earp BLM, three near Quartzite and one week at Joshua Tree South.

Pulled into a park in the Palm Springs area this morning and maybe it's just a bad day but we want to be out in the wilderness again.

Some guy took our spot as we looped around to get a better angle (will leave the wife to guard it next time), our second choice has our front wheels up on four 2x12's to keep the front wheels from drooping and the neighbors didn't like where we parked our Toad but smiled, said it would be okay and then immediately informed the office which got us a visit from the cranky security guy.

We had better cell signal at all our boondocking sites and all our boondocking spots we level too. To top it all off, we've got a whopping 20 psi water pressure.

Is it always this bad when you return to "civilization?" All I know is all the boondocking mods to make life out there easier and keep us out longer just got bumped up the top of the to-do list.

and .......... that is exactly why we boondock/dry camp over 95% of the time. Only in CG's/RV Parks in very high density areas like NYC, L.A. 100 gal fresh, 50 black, 50 grey and out for 3+ weeks if need be B4 needing to dump, also residential fridge.
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Our preferred approach is to dry camp somewhere Sunday night through Thursday night, then head to a commercial campground on the weekend with full hookups. We can always find a nice spot during the week, either boondocking or staying in a state or federal campground. Then when things get crowded on weekends with lots of noise and traffic, we plan on dumping, filling water, doing laundry, grocery shopping, eating out, etc. Sunday morning we head out again.

We are getting a new motorhome in the next couple of months, and we won’t have solar on it until August. We will have six 6 volt batteries though, so I expect we can go for a couple of days without the generator if we only want to run some 12v fans and a bit of TV or music. Looking forward to getting that solar though.
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Our preferred approach is to dry camp somewhere Sunday night through Thursday night, then head to a commercial campground on the weekend with full hookups. We can always find a nice spot during the week, either boondocking or staying in a state or federal campground. Then when things get crowded on weekends with lots of noise and traffic, we plan on dumping, filling water, doing laundry, grocery shopping, eating out, etc. Sunday morning we head out again.

We are getting a new motorhome in the next couple of months, and we won’t have solar on it until August. We will have six 6 volt batteries though, so I expect we can go for a couple of days without the generator if we only want to run some 12v fans and a bit of TV or music. Looking forward to getting that solar though.
Run the generator! Nothing will make boondocking get old for most folks faster than "camping" all the time. They aren't as loud as most people say. We've sat between our coach and our friend's coach, both generators running and we carried on normal conversations. Unless you've parked within 50 feet from someone, they probably can't hear your generator and if they can, it's not bothersome. And don't park 50 feet from someone

Solar can minimize generator use and with enough, eliminate it altogether most days. But in the meantime, enjoy life. Turn on lights, watch TV, run the AC when it's hot and use the microwave.
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Run the generator! Nothing will make boondocking get old for most folks faster than "camping" all the time. They aren't as loud as most people say. We've sat between our coach and our friend's coach, both generators running and we carried on normal conversations. Unless you've parked within 50 feet from someone, they probably can't hear your generator and if they can, it's not bothersome. And don't park 50 feet from someone

Solar can minimize generator use and with enough, eliminate it altogether most days. But in the meantime, enjoy life. Turn on lights, watch TV, run the AC when it's hot and use the microwave.
We dry camp frequently with our current rig, are frugal with power, and do not feel limited. Note I said “ dry camping” not “boondocking”. We frequently camp in county, state, and federal campgrounds without hookups. Many of our campground neighbors are tenters or have tiny tear drops or A-frame campers where they “live” mostly outside, staying inside only to sleep. In those kind of conditions, we really do try to minimize generator time. Real boondocking, not in a campground, and I don’t worry about the generator. Oh, and when we do need to run the generators, our friends all come over to charge their electronics <grin>.
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