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Old 10-07-2019, 08:06 AM #31
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No, I get it, weight savings is a huge deal when you're loading up for a long trip, and I understand the battery cycle advantage as well, I've done stand alone systems with both Lithium phosphate and lead acid (AGM). I was just trying to keep the costs somewhat similar when comparing a store bought battery box to a homemade unit. Someone could get two 35Ah batteries for just shy of $100. For the average Joe who is going to go out on a 5 day trip MAYBE twice a year at best, the difference between 1000 cycles and 5000 cycles is a moot point, unless you plan on passing it down to your grand kids.
But I understand how attractive the Lithium route is and what you built is top shelf stuff in a great package and perfect for going out on multiple trips with little to no maintenance.


The reality to this is - there really is no "correct" answer. There are so many different ways to make your base camp. I always advise everyone to spend what you can, reasonably to make a system that meets 'your' needs.

The perfect camp is the one that works for you and your budget.
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The reality to this is - there really is no "correct" answer. There are so many different ways to make your base camp. I always advise everyone to spend what you can, reasonably to make a system that meets 'your' needs.

The perfect camp is the one that works for you and your budget.
So true. I love reading posts when people start getting amped up to work on their rigs. I think it's great when someone wants to think outside their own box and create something. Even if it's been done before, just getting out to the garage or shop and fiddling with things, learning about the way something is built and trying to replicate and add on to according to their needs. It brings personal satisfaction to me whenever I can add something, or delete something, and so many times I realize that a truck is no different from a work shop, in that with some practice and a lot of research you can safely modify a lot. And sometimes I just like to take things apart to see how they work, even if I'm not changing anything.

This forum is a great tool if you know how to use it. I just read the thread about your RTT venture last week and love it, I think it's great that you are sharing your development process with us, it's really fun to watch, and listening to it through the words of an engineer as opposed to a sales brochure is such a breath of fresh air. It's really difficult to find information about products that isn't either just a sales pitch, or just an extremely dry data sheet.
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Old thread but anyway reading this I remembered the last time I was camping and how nice everything was.
That departure was memorized for me because then I was with my wife who recently passed away and we had so many beautiful memories together.
I remember arguing at the campsite with her then because I'm usually forgetful and I forgot some things at home that she asked me to take and I found myself in an unpleasant situation.
Good thing a friend had his Vont Hurricane Emergency Collapsible Batteries from Amazon.com: Vont 4 Pack LED Camping Lantern, LED Lantern, Suitable for Survival Kits for Hurricane, Emergency Light, Storm, Outages, Outdoor Portable Lanterns, Black, Collapsible, (Batteries Included): Sports & Outdoors and saved the situation. Otherwise, it was going to be bad.

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I may be in the minority here, but if you turn your phone (& electronic gadgets) off, the rate of discharge approaches zero and a simple LED flashlight (or headlamp) with AAA or AA battery(ies) lasts a really long time, so this sounds like an unnecessary first world problem.

If you're going camping, try going minimalistic, it's really very nice - enjoy the solitude, peace, and quiet. Or is the sound of silence too deafening for ya?

Just my opinion, and if you don't share it, that's OK, keep the discourse civil.
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Want to do this simple and easy?

Go to costco and buy one of these:
https://www.costco.com/Type-S-Lithiu...100425276.html

And then go to Harbor Freight and buy something and get a free one of these:


Problem solved. For about $60. And you can also use the lithium jump starter if your battery goes dead. For an occasional weekend, I wouldn't get too caught up in having solar and 2nd battery and all of that sort of stuff. You don't really need any of it for normal weekend camping.
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I may be in the minority here, but if you turn your phone (& electronic gadgets) off, the rate of discharge approaches zero and a simple LED flashlight (or headlamp) with AAA or AA battery(ies) lasts a really long time, so this sounds like an unnecessary first world problem.

If you're going camping, try going minimalistic, it's really very nice - enjoy the solitude, peace, and quiet. Or is the sound of silence too deafening for ya?

Just my opinion, and if you don't share it, that's OK, keep the discourse civil.
But how will my IG followers know I’m really camping?

Just kidding. I totally agree on the LED headlamps and all that.

I’ve actually come to love my Jackery 240. I use it for the LED strip on my ARB awning and if anyone needs to charge their cell phone. It’s really convenient.
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