Originally Posted by janisg
This is why a read a lot on campers. I want to use a more expensive battery--Lifeline AGM battery. Don't know if that would cause any sparks but I think I would have to lock it up so it doesn't get stolen because it is expensive. I want a battery I don't have to take care of and will last a long time.
No matter which battery you purchase you WILL need to take care of it
The biggest issue with all types/makes/brands is making sure you monitor it and NEVER run it down. Its the same with the expensive AGM's as it is with my current 6volts or the old group 27 Deep Cell on my Scamp. Had previously used basic deep cell batteries for years and maintaining it is not really a big thing. They always did the job well (lots of camping without power) for at least 5 years. Only thing I did was a make sure I did not leave it plugged in and unused for days on end and a couple of times a year I would pop the battery top open and check water level and add distilled water - which BTW if you never run it down or boil it you probable will not be adding water. The battery is probable the lowest yearly maintenance item on the trailer.
There are a number of disadvantages to an AGM batteries and the care they need, which can be seen by some as a negative depending on your situation. One big one is it must be stored in a charged position all winter .... and kept that way. They are also more sensitive to over charging.
If I was new to trailers I would consider spending my money on a battery monitoring system, 3 stage charge system and a solar
system before spending it on a more expensive battery. Better to learn how a battery works and how to keep it working well on a less expensive battery than a real expensive one.
Re the propane cover. As others have suggested they have never come standard or as an option on a Scamp for a couple of reasons. The big one being that the tongue area of the Scamp is small, hard enough to fit propane tanks, Battery and tongue jack on it and have them all clear enough from each other without interfering with something. The other is weight
, Scamp is trying to sell a light weight
trailer and adding anything to the tongue adds weight
Personally not sure why one would actually want/need one on a Scamp. A nice vinyl propane tank cover does the trick of tidying up the look. I have done lots of trips of several weeks & have only ever used one tank (lasts for weeks even running the fridge
Not to mention that many of the tank covers are a bit of a pain! Many need to be removed or partly removed to turn the propane on and off or to see the gage - it seems to depend on how close to the trailer the tanks are mounted. Even on my new to me SOB trailer that is/was the case - my first mod to the trailer was to install hatch access ports to the cover to allow me to turn propane on and off without having to remove the cover .... even though the tank cover was factory installed and designed for the trailer.