We have a 12V Interstate deep cycle. Twice I took the battery to a local shop where it was hooked up to a battery charger and properly charged. I don't know how much boon docking we will be doing but definitely some. The generator belonged to our friends that went with us. I am planning to hook it up to the battery tender before our next trip to ensure it is properly and completely charged. Money is tight, but LEDs are on the list for future upgrades. We still need to purchase a genny, and a solar charger would be nice as well. But there is a lot of stuff out there I would like to do to the TT. All in good time. All in good time.
We got back on Tuesday from New Mexico. 510 miles each way. We extended our stay twice, and were there for a total of 11 days. What an amazing vacation. It went off MOSTLY without a hitch. It was our first time boon docking and the battery stayed charged from Friday to Monday when it died. I wasn't sure how long to expect the battery to stay charged. So what better way to find out.
Here is the thing though. After that the battery wouldn't stay charged if we ran ANYTHING. Kicked the fridge over to LP, minimal light usage, if we ran water for anytime at all, like showers (get wet, turn off water, soap up, rinse off). IT would kill the battery. I took the battery had it tested and charged, and it was good. So we just charged it with a generator in the evenings and made it through. ANy ideas? I went over the trailer several times and made sure that nothing was left on, so I don't know what the deal is with it. We are planning to pick up a solar kit before our next boon docking trip.
Other than that, it was amazing. I am so hooked on this lifestyle. That is my kind of vacation, the fishing was amazing, the weather, everything about it. And it is great to have good friends to share a trip like this with.
I also learned I need to remove a washer from the equalizer hitch. No sway to speak of, but when everything is loaded there is a little rear sag when the truck and trailer are fully loaded.
Thanks for all the advice and information.