we used to cook all the time on the fire, until there was a fire ban. we drove back to town, bought a bbq an went back to camping. now breakfast is done indoors by my wife, to many pans on the go. and dinner is done on the q by me, man grillin. the ten oclock nighttime snack goes on the open fire, chips n cheese or chicken wings done by my son. don't forget the jiffypop just because.
keep your charger, i have the same and like it alot.
you will need this for the winter when you bring your battery indoors. charge it once a month when not in use. your charger will start on ten then drop to 2 to maintain when full.
its not a bgig deal.
glad to hear you are happy with your system. pretty cool its your own design. we bought our trailer and it came with an eighty watt panel and a controller. i am not an expert but love the system and it works for what we need. we camp mostly in the interior of bc and get loads of sun all day. at night we listen to the stereo and use a bit of light in the trailer. the stereo goes on for about four hours and light use is probably 1 hour total. we sit outside mostly. the solar tops up the battery by ten or eleven oclock next day. we can also use the stereo during the day with out much drain.
we did have an early season trip last year with not much sun and mostly rain. needless to say when i arrived, two days later the battery was pretty much done. we went without much for two more days then went home. talked to the wife and a while later we bought a honda 2000 genny.
now we can top up when needed whichever way we want.
we also have one of those can tire portable power packs which the kids use for their phones and pods. ive tested with a small fan and a 40watt light. you can get 11 hrs till dead. we recharge that thing before dead with the genny.
one thing i would like to instal one day is a 12v outlet for charging the phones and pods, then i wouldnt have to pack the portable power
go and enjoy
we took our son when he was six weeks old. mom will have to be up for it though, face it shell be doing most of the work. we tent camped, it was cold windy and stormy. we brought a camp chair in the tent and spent a fair bit of time there, feeding etc. the one nice thing is the babies are like little heaters when it its cold out.
needless to say i bought a tent trailer two weeks later so there would be more room to move and it would be off the ground. it wasnt much, basically a tent on wheels but it was so much easier for my wife.
you could sell the minivan and get an astro or safari. it would have to be a used one as they dont make these anymore, these seat seven with plenty of room for storage. the motors are awesome, 4.3 ltr v6. it would cost abit more on gas, but not an arm and a leg, and with a 5000 pound towrate, towing your trailer would be no problem with the van full. , i own one just new to me, havent towed yet, but have friends with the same and they love em, . most powerful mini out there and the motors go and go. my buddy has 357000. kms on his.
good luck with your decision.
we did the drumheller trip. we stopped in golden for a few hour sleep. we parked at the truck stop, woke up had breakfast and hit the road again. we booked at dinosaur trails rv park. it was a bit pricier than we were used to but it was a nice park and had a pool to cool off in. it does get warm there. lots to do in drumheller. we stayed six nights. we then headed back to kamloops in one go, while taking an hour break at crazy creek near revelstoke. nice rest spot to visit on the highway. we wanted to stop in banff. we drove thru town but found no place to park with a trailer. everything was full so we moved on.
dont forget to take the helicopter tour in drumheller so worth it if you want to see the land from high up. we have never been in a copter so it was the adventure of the year. you can also do an old coal mine tour just outside of town, really nice.