On my Scamp
trailers, I've upgraded the standard battery
to a Group 27 battery and used a small solar panel
(from Northern Tool) to supplement the battery in boondocking
By doing that, using only LED lighting
, a 12v Fantastc Fan, and running the refrigerator
, I've easily camped with no hookups for over a week.
As Dave also knows, it becomes a net sum game. If my fan and LED lights
pull 8 amp-hours
out of the battery per day and the sun (via the solar
panel) replaces 5 to 6 amp-hours per day,
I only wind up pulling a couple of amp-hours out of the battery per day.
Since the Group 27 battery has a capacity of about 100 amp-hours, that means that I can
camp without 110v "shore power" for weeks before drawing my battery below 40%.
I've used mono-crystalline solar
panels as small as 12 watts and 35 watts. Depending on
your daily amperage draw and the availability of sunlight for your panel(s), you may need to
use different wattage (larger?) panels.
If you are willing to consider even a small solar setup, you may have far fewer worries about
Good luck! 😊
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