Buy a 120V compressor. First is just much more powerful and durable. Secondly its cheaper.
BTW, I use an old MV50 compressor that is the first 12v compressor that I have owned to actually work more than once on our 80psi tires.
I like the Viair products but frankly the 120V contractor models are inherently more robust. Having a TC the most we can carry is a 12v model.
You have to figure out what you want. Hard side, soft side we have had both. Liked both and now have a Outfitter. We have used ours in below zero weather a number of times and soft sides are no problem.
We have an Outfitter shortbed because every inch counts. Out in the middle of the desert, what difference does it make. But a few campers going though the woods just a few inches taller us will clear the brush or give a good marker for where we might get into trouble.
Cassette toilets are popular, we have a dump at home so its not a big issue for us. You have a Class A and are up to speed on dumping. We also carry a blue sewage tank.
As far as stealthy camping, with a popup, we have been all over the east coast, In downtown DC they have no idea what a popup camper is, and with the roof lifted they don't have a clue. Its a problem for those who know truck campers because they know, but rest of the world is numb, funner than a crutch.
We have only been run off one time from a parking spot in over 9 years.
BTW, being from Colorado, take a look at TC's on the road. Its an interesting mix. To me there are a surprisingly large number of popup TC.
As far as the weight goes, if you built your jeep, you can deal with the weight.
I hate to say this but you had the solution, a good tow rope and maybe a shovel is all you really need. All the other stuff is for people looking for trouble, not that, that is bad. Besides all that equipment is too much work.
You were just in a bad spot --- unlucky and all the skill, planning and equipment cannot prevent bad luck.
In a reasonable amount of time someone will come along to help out and get things moving.
Lake McConauay? We have been there many time.
Try 65 psi. If that doesn't work then you can go down to about 40 psi. You should be okay. Just DON'T spin the tires, manage speed, sometimes slow some times a little quicker. Use low range always. And, carry a chain, someone will give you a tow if necessary, I think you will be just fine. Shovel, well, I don't believe in getting stuck.
I have been to the east coast beaches and lets say its different, the rules, well...
BTW, there is not much beach, we were there a couple of weeks ago and it was near max pool. On the east end there was some beach, not much, but the crowds should be gone for the most part. West, at Sand Point there was some beach, very limited.
Have a good trip.
I would not take highway 50. If you have a 35 foot trailer you are in for some excitement that would not be fun. Its two lane most of the way. Monarch pass is okay, then a pass or two here and there, then La Salle, its lonely out there and tight.
You are best off to take I-70 then cut south to the Moab area. Much better roads, facilities and plow services, it can snow any day of the year in the high country. Yes, roads are closed in October. The Grand Canyon campgrounds close in part toward the end of September and more October. You need to look and have a plan.
Most people seem to like the southern route.
Thanks for the comments.
Outboard motors just do not produce that much surplus electrical energy. Our 30hp Honda has a total of 10 amps. We may run it for half an hour a day fishing and that's it. If it was EFI a lot of that 10 amps would go to the EFI system. I don't troll with the 30 hp because it will make oil. With a load it works just fine.
I am going to look at the RC charger a little closer and see if it that will do the trick. I like this because it may be the simplest in the end, just one more not two more batteries.
I will also consider a couple of smaller 12v batteries, one on the solar charger and using one. Our batteries in the camper are generally fully charged in an one to two hours, so there is usually plenty of time for charging the second trolling motor battery.
Thanks, I will follow up with a report, probably in October at the latest.
I am trying to figure out the best way to charge a 12v battery that I use to power an electric trolling motor.
Our main boat engine's electrical system does not have the capacity to charge the trolling motor battery.
Our TC has 180 watts of solar panels, approximately 17 volts, going to a Samlex a PWM controller rated at 30 amps charging two batteries. Right now the TC has two 12 volt batteries, but I can switch in two 6 volt batteries.
We do not have an inverter. Our current solar system works well and we have all the capacity we need.
We are usually off the grid, boondocking, when using the boat.
Naturally we need to charge the battery in the evening or at night.
I have thought about getting an inverter to run a battery charger and let it be at that. I have also thought about just rotating the 12 volt trolling motor battery into the camper battery bank and see how that goes, a little inconvenient.
Any comments or suggestions?
I would not do it. The tire and wheel must be designed for one another, you will have more instability with the narrow wheel.
We went with 285/70-17 on a Dodge wheel, Some years fit. Two years later and maybe 25,000 miles its been a good ride. $200 for the wheels in very good condition. We have Michelin's they are a very big stock tire.
Costco will not mount the tires on the wheels on a GMC but they will mount the tires on the wheels on a Dodge. Costco mounts the tires, I mount the wheels on the GMC.
We were just in Durango for a few days.
If you have a hose, most gas stations will let you fill up. Where you dump should be potable water. I have been in Santa Rita Park, I just don't remember the dump station.
Durango has full services, Autozone's etc. They have a Walmart etc. Walmart is probably your best bet for miscellaneous camping stuff. There are hardcore backpacking stores in Durango.
There are two campgrounds north of town, Rose something or the other and I believe United. The last one we stayed in was United and that was probably 13 years ago.
Mancos, has a good fuel stop on the east side of town near a liquor store and at the intersection with 184. You can probably get water there as well.
Remember you are in the west, things are still a little different, maybe a little more friendly.
We have a 2006 GMC 2500HD Extended Cab 4x4 6.5' bed. We have an Outfitter Apex 8 camper.
I am not sure if the rear spring package is the same as yours. Ours has the overload spring under the spring pack. The significance is that when our camper is on, we want the overloads just touching the bottom of the rear spring package.
Our camper weights 3200# to 3500# depending on the trip. We have air bags to help carry the load but have found for reduced sway its best to fill the air bags to just before the rear spring pack is off of the overload spring. Its worked well for us.
We also have KYB Monomax shocks which we are very satisfied with.
Bubtoofat makes a good point on tires. We have Michelin LT285/70R17 D rating 3195# each. The tires are filled to 65 psi with the camper on. The fonts do not get any more air because my truck only carries about 300# more on the front with the camper on.
Sway is not an issue for us.
I have an Outfitter Apex 8 and its located in the rear seat of the dinette between the battery box and the back of the fuse panel on the floor.
Mine is a Sure Power Battery Separator, you can search for an image.
Having been on the 550 many times, my thought is that it just isn't for a lot of people.
I have seen motorcycles going 15 mph just barely able to stay up right because of the fear. Motorhomes, well lets just say they don't like the edge and stay away from it forcing people in the oncoming lane to outside of their lane.
Then there are the near death experiences from stupidity, I have see more than one car forced off of the road because of, well stupidity, better than a head on to go into the ditch. Big rigs are a problem, horsepower is not the issue, its just that they cannot maintain the speed, although low in a curve and coming out of a curve they cannot accelerate like a car can. cars will stack up and then someone tries to make a pass.
Go early in the morning to enjoy it.
We usually travel the back roads. Back roads do not have low fuel prices because there are not a lot of fuel stops, sometimes not even one in more than a few of the out of the way towns. Also, gas stations are time wasters. I would much rather stretch my legs at a park or rest area.
There are areas of the country were, especially in the winter its common to see 50 miles between stations and even up to 100. Also, at night a lot of small stations close at 10:00 pm and they may or may not have a card reader after closing. Frankly, not knowing the territory, I would prefer not to stop where there are not a lot of people around, well lit etc.
When I was flying a lot, my aircraft had the biggest tanks available, including aux tanks. More fuel the better.
I have used a Transfer Flow tank on both a GMC Duramax and an 8.1. I have not had a Titan tank, but the basics are the same.
The fuel gauge works about the same. For instance my Transfer Flow tank, when the gauge reads full the tank will be full, 1/2 the same etc. Where it changes is with my tanks (45 gal, short box) is when I have about 10 gallons left the low fuel light will come on rather than I believe its 3 gallons in the stock tank.
The fuel flow meter works the same between the stock tank and the larger tank. If I use 40 gallons out of the tank the meter will still read the amount of fuel use as it would in the case of the orginal tank (in my case my fuel flow meter is about 1.5 gallons light, I merely add 1.5 gallons to the meter reading and things are pretty close.)
I tend to use the fuel flow meter more than the tank reading because it is more accurate as far as I am concerned.
I do not use the fuel remaining feature because it will not function properly.
Having the range is always great especially when we are on the road for long overnight runs.