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time2roll wrote:

Connect the inverter to that switch, fill the space with lithium batteries and max out the roof with solar.

That would be my plan.

Sure will save you lot of trips to propane distribution center.
Between other forums, I see the technology is already making very efficient batteries (not cheap though) and "leaf" solar panels, where installing even 3000W of solar becomes possible.
On other hand ACs become more efficient and they can run on 6 amp.
Some members already reported using AC on solar/battery power for short periods, so it is only matter of time when small technology update will make it quite common.
Electric cars come to making 600 miles on single charge.

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time2roll wrote:

specta wrote:

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Connect the inverter to that switch, fill the space with lithium batteries and max out the roof with solar.

That would be my plan.


I'll keep the generator.


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A significant problem with adding batteries is that the generator compartments aren’t designed to carry hundreds of lbs. If you don’t mind destroying your TC, I guess you could try it. You could put the batteries in the bed or attached to the frame, but you still need payload capacity to do it, and most people are already overloaded.


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jimh425 wrote:

A significant problem with adding batteries is that the generator compartments aren’t designed to carry hundreds of lbs. If you don’t mind destroying your TC, I guess you could try it. You could put the batteries in the bed or attached to the frame, but you still need payload capacity to do it, and most people are already overloaded.

You have lot of space for batteries on the side of the truck bed and (some) Lance campers do have side door there to make it easy.
When I had overloaded F250, I put extra batteries on front platform.
Again, 100lb of new generation battery gives you lot of a-h, when most of bigger campers have battery compartment design to carry like 160 lb.
That is for owners who have lot of disposable cash obviously.
I am cheap and I pull battery from my car and boat, when going camping.

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I just purchased two new group 29 deep cycle batteries.


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I have my 2nd battery in the bed of my truck. There's enough room for a 3rd battery if I so desired.

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I never had good luck with marine deep charge batteries.
They always die just days after 3 years warranty expires.
For the same money I bought automotive battery with 96 months warranty.

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I too had batteries in the truck bed. Two GC, and they stayed there all the time. I hooked up with Anderson plugs. There was the original one in the TC that stayed there too.

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Kayteg1 wrote:

I never had good luck with marine deep charge batteries.
They always die just days after 3 years warranty expires.
For the same money I bought automotive battery with 96 months warranty.


I figured that you bought automotive batteries when you told us that you were too cheap to by RV batteries and just borrowed them from under the hood of your car.

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imjustdave wrote:

Are you making a video on what you needed to change to install this?
I'm considering the same


Other than a longer propane line (36" to replace the 24") I didn't need to change anything to install it.

Another video of the sound comparison is coming later this week.


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Oh yeah, it’s too hard to go outside and pull the starter cord.. I wouldn’t ever want to go outside when I’m in the camper.
I mean, who would ever want to go outside?
It’s definitely a deal breaker to have to go outside to start the genny.


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