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Discussion in 'Camping Toys' started by Jurgen, Mar 2, 2010.
maybe a tongue extension and a multi direction pivoting hitch would be a good addition as well.
+1 on the batwing- mount it on the side of the trailer so when it opens, it shades the rear too- that should give you shaded coverage over both doors (assuming you have a side door). I picked up mine from AutoAnything- mounted it on my truck for shade on the side and rear. Works a treat.
Our 12v ARB knock-off refrigerator (I forgot the manufacturer, and it's in the camper for its winter hibernation) was a game changer for us. We used to use it instead of our propane fridge in the camper for weekend trips. It's an actual compressor fridge, not a cooler, so it will maintain whatever temp you set it to no matter what the ambient temp is. We usually kept ours at 35F. A single deep cell battery of around 100AH plus a 100 watts of solar will run it indefinitely. Maybe a little more complex than you wanted to get but not having to deal with ice is really nice.
I owned a Uhaul (Casita like) trailer for years, currently on my 4th camper, however its a class b motorhome. Just saw this and thought it had some nice features, but lackss others . . I also have an enclosed trailer we pull and can camp out of when needed. I do like the thought of the cheap amazon or ebay heaters and or 12volt electric mattress pads for the bed. The only thing better than crawling into a warm bed is having a hot towel after a shower. Yes Im spoiled but, I deserve it! lol. Love the Ideas bantered about on this thread!
I don't know what you are doing for power but i made this a few years ago and i made it portable so i can take it when i tent camp also .its just a deep cycle battery and a 100 watt solar panel. I put a 32" tv in the camp trailer and run it through a 125 watt inverter and can watch tv as long as i want at night. It will also run my home made shower unit
The battery pack looks like a great setup, with properly set up controls & switching. Could you provide details of what all you’ve got going on there? For us less than electrically literate? Thanks.
A lot of campers have a twin propane tank on the tongue. I was wondering is a dirt bike rail there instead would be perfect.
Ok . Its a old ammo box big enough to fit a full size interstate deep cycle battery in. I mounted all of the electronics on a 1/2 " peice of plywood with a thin peice of aluminum glued to it just for looks that i powder coated in silver vein. It has a volt meter, usb ports and 2 12v sockets one inside and one outside on the front of the box next to the + - post so i can use jumper cables if i need to. I put a quick connect for the solar panel on the side of the box.and a 15a circuit breaker in line with the solar controller for protection and i can shut everything off so it has no parasitic draw when im not using it. I plug a 12v 125 watt inverter into one of the power ports then i can plug my camp trailer into the inverter . I've changed all of the lighting in the trailer to led . I can run all of the lights and the tv off of the little inverter at the same time but i only need 1 or 2 lights on at a time.. everything is ran through a fuse block just so i dont start a electrical fire. Before anyone comments its a lead acid battery and the box has vent holes.
OK, now that you've explained it in detail, how much for you to make one for us? This is sort of like a tonsillectomy being an easy surgery. Well, it ain't if you aren't a doctor! Very well done, my friend!
my quick estimate is theres $300 ish just in parts, nevermind the can, or the labor, powdercoat etc.
Ok, I'll give him $310. Done and done!
thats about right.
Around $375. The parts you don't see like 4 gauge battery cables, fuse block .terminal blocks on the battery post . You know $20 bucks here and there. But a fraction of the cost if you price a solar generator on line. I've used this setup for 10 day camping with no issues. I do powder coating for a living so that free and i got the box at a garage sale full of nuts and bolt for 5 bucks. I built the whole thing from amazon minus the battery.
oh trust me, i get it!
300ish is 375 all day long!
The solar setup was over half of it. I used to use it camping for a couple of days the put it on a trickle charger when i got home but you really have to watch how far you run the battery down. And its hard on the battery.
So is that $375 including the panel? If so, that’s a bargain.
I went back through my amazon history and added it all up and im in the whole thing including solar kit and it = $420.00 the bulk of it was the battery = $105 solar kit $152 and the Guage panel made by blue sea $70
If you have more money than time and/or skill, there's always this route https://www.goalzero.com/shop/solar-kits/
If you catch them at the right time...I bought from Goal Zero directly and saved hundreds. So much so that I really couldn’t have built my own system for my trailer all that much cheaper. Plus, it’s already been pressed into duty to power the fridge in my house during a couple of power outages.