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RE: Why consider 12v fridge for boondocking?

One misconception is that you need gobs of solar and LiFePO4 batteries to run a 12V 10 cu.ft compressor fridge. I have 400W of solar (Grape Solar $), 4-6V Interstate GC batteries running through a Victron MPPT controller. I park my TT at my house. In the spring, summer and fall with just the fridge running and whatever parasitic devices the batteries never drop below around 12.41. They bulk every morning and by noon-ish they're in absorption mode until they hit float. I never ever need to plug in to 120V at my house as the fridge will batteries will cycle like that day in day out. Even on cloudy no sun days the batteries never dip below 12V with just the fridge and other parasitic stuff running. Out camping we run the 2000W inverter 24/7 so we can keep our Dish sat locked in along with other items. We watch some TV in the mornings and evenings. Maybe 6 hours total throughout the whole day/night. After 3 days we need to run the gen for 3-4 hours. This is all with limited sun as we're in the mountains and even though the day is sunny to partly cloudy we don't get full sun concentration on the panels due to the tree height and the suns arc. If we we're in full sun on the panels from dawn to dusk I could go much longer without the gen. And if we didn't do the Dish/TV stuff I could easily go longer than my water would last which is 5 nights. !2V fridges aren't perfect but if I were buying a new RV and knowing what I know now I'd still get a 12V fridge. You get a much better interior design, more cu.ft than an absorption and I don't have to deal with propane. I can use my propane for the furnace and cooking. When driving out on the open road the solar's charging the batteries on route to another CG spot. When I plug into shore power I get the same benefits of an absorption fridge plus the added features of a 12V fridge. IMO if you hardly dry camp and don't want to do the solar stuff then go 12V compressor style. You'll be on 120V most of the time and get the added amenities of a larger fridge. If you do dry camp for a night or two then 200W would do the trick if you conserve some other 12V usage. FWIW I had absorption fridges in my previous 3 RV's. Prior to the current TT the Norcold in our 5er was flawless for 6 years. Bought a new TT in April of 2019. By August of 2020 the new TT's Norcold tanked. Out of warranty and already having solar and 4 batteries it was a no brainer to go 12V compressor. $950 plus a 3 year warranty vs $1500 +/- for a new Norcold that could have the same issues again. IMO the newer RV products just aren't as good as in years past.
goducks10 01/16/22 10:25am Travel Trailers
RE: GM outsold Ford??

I can count on one hand how many GM DRW's I see in campgrounds. Not sure why that is. I also very rarely see one around town. Here in the great PNW it's really 50/50 Ford/Ram whether 1/2 or HD.
goducks10 01/13/22 06:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuel consumption too high?

Umm…didja notice the question mark? Not a statement, maybe a rhetorical question. Yes it was meant to be rhetorical.
goducks10 01/08/22 09:45am Travel Trailers
RE: Anyone happen to know what DL means?

De Lam model.
goducks10 01/06/22 05:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fuel consumption too high?

An 8,000lb 3500 SRW truck towing 16,000 lbs is safer than a 4,000lb truck towing 6400 lbs?
goducks10 01/05/22 01:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Selling Fifth Wheel Hitches - How To

Try putting it in your brands forum classified. Or other RV sites that may have a classified section.
goducks10 01/05/22 12:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Where did the Non weekend RVers go?

I read and participate in a few forums and have noticed the same thinning of posts. We have also stopped using some of the great campgrounds that are within a few hours of us due to the inconsiderate actions of the current batch of newbies. The kids don't bother us, but the 20 and 30 somethings that think the world needs to know them can drive this non drinker to drink. Why do our dogs need to know each other? Why do we need to know each other? We sure miss the days of meeting your neighboring camper when it seemed convenient to both of you. Walking through a campground used to be a joy with all the different ways folks set up their site. Now walking the dogs is a major chore due to having to avoid the #$&*@ running over to pet dogs they do not know and don't ask about first. Seeing all the cameras, security lights and high tech locks on their minimalist campers makes me wonder if the place is less safe because of them. We have taken to using only motor coach campgrounds as we have had good luck avoiding the idiots there. Maybe in a couple of years things will return to normal when the folks with more money than brains latch onto something else to do like cliff jumping. Sounds like a regional thing. In 12 year of RV camping I've never seen what you describe.
goducks10 01/04/22 03:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Malheur/Burns Oregon in May to see the birds

The road from Frenchglen to Page Springs CG is all gravel but that early in the season shouldn't be wash boarded much. Late in the season it's terrible. Also the loop at the Steens could be closed that early in the year from snow. That early in the season the mosquitos could be horrific. About the same time as the OP's the mosquitos were so bad we never stopped and due to time constrictions we stayed at the Narrows RV park. Skeeters were just as bad there.
goducks10 01/03/22 09:00am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Texas Boys! Last Call To Winterize!!!!!!!

Wonder if there's a run on F150 hybrids?
goducks10 01/02/22 11:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Is all DEF the same?

Doesn't the US get a lot or most of it's urea from Canada?
goducks10 12/24/21 10:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chinese Pickup towing a lightweight 5ver

Can you get those at Walmart?
goducks10 12/24/21 10:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: back to gas v diesel

If I have $65K to spend and so does someone else why does it matter what each person buys? I don't have a business so it's for enjoyment. I always find it funny that gas truck buyers need to think that diesel buyers need to recoup money when here we are on an RV forum where you lose way more money owning an RV than on the truck.
goducks10 12/23/21 12:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: back to gas v diesel

So on this ONE vacation trip for this year I saved $600. :CProbably need a few trips to cover the diesel option before you are actually money ahead. How many trips will it take to cover the Platinum option over the XLT option?
goducks10 12/23/21 09:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: back to gas v diesel

Let me show you people some math for "my" situation and "my" diesel. "Your" math may be different if you live in Canada or England or where ever. I traveled 5,000 miles on vacation this year. Unlike some of you on here I keep records of every fuel stop because I need to keep tract of costs. My truck averaged 11.0 MPG on my trip. Sooooo 5,000 divided by 11 = 455 gallons of diesel for my vacation. :E I don't have my spreadsheet in front of me so I will go with the cheapest price right now of where "I" live. It's $4.00 a gallon for diesel right now. Regular gas is $3.90 a gallon where "I" live at the same station. Soooo, $4.00 x 455= $1,820 dollars in fuel for my vacation. Soooo, if I owned a gas truck the figures would be something like this. Where "I" live gas is $3.90 a gallon. Physics say if I had a gas truck it would get right at 8 MPG pulling "my" trailer. (yes, yes, yes I know some of you are going to say, but, but, but my gas truck gets 15 MPG towing my 15K trailer. Cool story bro) :B 5000 divided by 8 = 625 gallons of gas for my vacation. So, $3.90 x 625 gallons of gas = $2,437 dollars. Bottom line: "My" vacation this year cost me $1,820 in diesel. If I would have towed with a gas truck it would have cost me $2,437. So on this ONE vacation trip for this year I saved $600. :C BTW I change my fuel filter 1 time a year and change my oil around 1.5 times a year depending on miles. So less than $200. Big deal. :R Not dogging on gas trucks. They work fine. I've towed many miles with them. But for "me", over all, I save money running "my" diesel. x2 Almost my same exact scenario except my fuel prices were lower but the end result was the same. The fuel difference savings pays for my oil change and filters if I had the dealer do it. They do the oil, I do the fuel filters so I bank the savings. Also how come no one complains about someone buying a top line model like a Platinum vs an STX and says that the Platinum will never pay for it's self. You don't need the Platinum to tow anything. You get it because you want it and it offers you a benefit over something else. I enjoy towing my 9500 lb TT through the PNW with a Big Horn CTD just as much as the the guy with the Platinum gaser towing a 9500 lb TT. We both bought what we wanted.
goducks10 12/21/21 09:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: Aluminum Boat above cab and hood

You can sometimes find these used on Craigslist. https://boatloader.com/ Only thing I don't like about this is the fact that you're loading your boat a$$-end forward. I'd think that'd kill your mileage (even more). I'd figure out some way to load it so the pointy end is in front! :-) Lyle Agree. I've thought about doing what you're talking about but I don't like the stern of the boat facing forward either. I don't think it's possible to have the boat facing forward and over the trucks hood vs bed when using a loader. Only way is to do the pole on the front and manually lift it onto a roof rack.
goducks10 12/21/21 09:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Aluminum Boat above cab and hood

You can sometimes find these used on Craigslist. https://boatloader.com/
goducks10 12/20/21 09:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: The RV Demand Continues

Like I said it's a location thing. Come out to the PNW and try and find the most popular models. Several of the lots around me only have junker types like Salem Cruise Lites. All the big name brands are barely their like Montana, Cedar Creek, Solitude. Looks like the big dealers are getting the bulk while the smaller dealers are getting the left overs. Guessing it may be tough to get deliveries out to the west coast as well.
goducks10 12/18/21 11:25am General RVing Issues
RE: The RV Demand Continues

Most all the lots here in Oregon except CW are very low on RV's. Every site you go to only lists a few of each model then it starts the "On Order" listings. I think it really depends on what brands you're looking at and where they're made.
goducks10 12/15/21 10:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Australian all Electric Family Off Road Caravan

(sunshine permitting!) And, as usual, the PR photo shows the RV parked in a location where all those solar panels will produce absolutely no power. My idea of a "luxury RV" doesn't need to be parked in full sunlight all day in order to be able to use most of its features. Doubt you have 14.3Kwh of lithium batteries and a 5000W inverter. And it probably doesn't need a power pole either.
goducks10 12/09/21 11:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2021 Dodge 3500 Diesel ??

It's a Ram for starters. In 2021 Ram went back to the CP3 HPFP which has a proven track record of reliability. Other than that it's like any other diesel.
goducks10 12/07/21 10:07am Tow Vehicles
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