Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-15-2016, 11:19 AM   #29
Rivet Master
 
NevadaGeo's Avatar
 
1978 31' Excella 500
Genoa , Nevada
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 1,305
Bug Zapper

You need a generator to power the bug zappers. When I was up there you measured the amount of mosquitoes by how many you got in one swat. Inside the truck.
__________________

__________________
I admit to being powerless over housecleaning and social niceities
Airforums 22655 and now, WBCCI 22655

NevadaGeo
NevadaGeo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2016, 02:45 PM   #30
2 Rivet Member
 
1975 Argosy 22
Eugene , Oregon
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 76
3 months in Canada and Alaska

A few yeaRS AGO WE TOOK A 3 MONTH TRIP TO THE Canadian Rockies, National Parks and Alaska. We tried to stay in Provincial and state parks as much as possible. We did not have a generator. We had 1 45 watt solar panel and 2 golf cart batteries we bought from Costco. We used a catalytic heater and never needed AC and watched very little if any TV. With the amount of daylight and abundant scenery , we were never for a loss of what to do. We NEVER ran out of electricity. Perhaps our style of dry camping requires less power, but we never felt like we wanted/needed more than we had. A small generator might be a handy item, but I can't see the need for anything bigger than a 1500 Watt generator unless you plan on using a lot of electrical appliances.
__________________

__________________
mrdfred is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2016, 10:10 AM   #31
Rivet Master
 
switz's Avatar

 
2014 31' Classic
2015 23' International
2013 25' FB International
Apache Junction , Arizona
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 4,799
Images: 8
A Honda 2000 watt generator can provide 13.3 amps to our Magnum inverter/charger which in turn can put over a 120 amps into the lithium battery. Much faster battery recovery than our 900 watt solar system which can provide which is about 50 amps of power.
__________________
WBCCI Life Member 5123, AIR 70341, 4CU, WD9EMC

TV - 2012 Dodge 2500 4x4 Cummins HO, automatic, Centramatics, Kelderman level ride airbag suspension, bed shell

2014 31' Classic model 30 twin beds, 50 amp service, 900 watt solar system, Centramatics, Dill TPMS, disc brakes, 16" tires & wheels
switz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2016, 10:48 AM   #32
Rivet Master
 
Minno's Avatar

 
1972 31' Sovereign
Lexington , Minnesota
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 3,323
If you can afford it, buy golf cart AGM batteries for your trailer. We can go 4 - 5 days of furnace with our AGMs plus lights, etc. We don't run TV on battery.
We haven't been to Alaska (yet) but it's our first bucket list trip when we retire, so this discussion is very helpful.

Kay
__________________
Minno is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2016, 10:55 AM   #33
Rivet Master
 
gandttimes's Avatar
 
2014 25' FB International
2007 20' Safari SE
2005 19' Safari
Qualicum Beach , British Columbia
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 804
Quote:
Originally Posted by Minno View Post
If you can afford it, buy golf cart AGM batteries for your trailer. We can go 4 - 5 days of furnace with our AGMs plus lights, etc. We don't run TV on battery.
We haven't been to Alaska (yet) but it's our first bucket list trip when we retire, so this discussion is very helpful.

Kay
A good golf cart battery will do the same thing without the huge cost, unless your batteries are inside.


George
__________________
gandttimes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2016, 11:08 AM   #34
2 Rivet Member
 
bikrmikey's Avatar
 
1971 18' Caravel
2004 25' International CCD
Bend , Oregon
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 64
Images: 5
I went to Alaska in 2006, two month trip. Carried a Honda 1000 generator but never used it. Had a 50 watt panel and 2 golf cart batteries in an 18 ft Caravel. Given the long days that far north you have a long solar charge window each day and you have minimal need to run lights due to the long days. Bottom line you can make without a generator but it's nice to have in case you run into a long period of rain or you are camped in the shade for several days.
__________________
Mike Martin
bikrmikey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2016, 09:17 AM   #35
Rivet Master
 
kscherzi's Avatar
 
2013 27' FB International
El Dorado Hills , California
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,137
Images: 24
Thanks everybody for your insights. It appears the general consensus is (1) a small generator is good insurance against extended rain and shade, and (2) especially if not staying at RV parks, which don't sound so great anyway, and (3) might also be useful if carrying a bug zapper. I didn't think about how the long days and little need for lights would factor in on solar/battery.

Thanks again! Time to shop for a generator!
__________________
kscherzi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2016, 11:17 AM   #36
Fuil-Timers
 
DreamStreamr's Avatar

 
2005 25' International CCD
Everywhere , North America
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 631
Images: 38
Send a message via Skype™ to DreamStreamr
Like bikrmikey, we didn't use our genset the entire 63 days on the Alaska Caravan, nor on the 45 days enroute to the meetup location (Dawson Creek BC). Our Airstream had 250 watts tillable solar, 460 amp hours capacity in new golf cart batteries (flooded lead acid). Carried 1KW Yamaha, didn't need it once, even boon docking on the way to the meetup. Hey, it's summer sun, even at the northern latitudes. Tillable solar compensates nicely for the latitude.

Bought two packs of mosquito coils, might have burned one coil just to say we did. Bought two packs of bug repellent, used a little. Rain wasn't an issue on our caravan either. You never know.

GREAT caravan, great leaders in the Wally Byam club. We'd do that caravan again in an instant. Or go with a couple of friends too.
__________________
Living the Dream

Jim Cocke,
International President
WBCCI Wally Byam Airstream Club
dreamstreamr.com
dreamstreamr.wordpress.com
DreamStreamr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2016, 04:45 PM   #37
3 Rivet Member
 
WaLee's Avatar
 
2006 23' Safari SE
Nevada City , California
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 207
Better to need it and have it than need it and not have it.


Sent from my iPhone using Airstream Forums
__________________
WaLee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2016, 08:52 AM   #38
2 Rivet Member
 
2017 25' Flying Cloud
west plains , Missouri
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 96
Alaska generator

Why not?
__________________
rjack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2016, 06:56 AM   #39
Rivet Master
 
switz's Avatar

 
2014 31' Classic
2015 23' International
2013 25' FB International
Apache Junction , Arizona
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 4,799
Images: 8
If the generator is along, you have alternate power options if a park pedestal is inoperative or the polarity of the wiring is incorrect in addition to cloud or tree cover impacting the solar input.
__________________

__________________
WBCCI Life Member 5123, AIR 70341, 4CU, WD9EMC

TV - 2012 Dodge 2500 4x4 Cummins HO, automatic, Centramatics, Kelderman level ride airbag suspension, bed shell

2014 31' Classic model 30 twin beds, 50 amp service, 900 watt solar system, Centramatics, Dill TPMS, disc brakes, 16" tires & wheels
switz is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Torque wrench..necessary? Kistler Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 20 08-01-2016 07:15 PM
Is the water pressure regulator really necessary? page.crow Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 17 05-02-2009 04:18 PM
Is covered storage necessary? GroovePoppa Winterizing, Storage, Carports & Covers 29 05-02-2008 08:03 PM
is a rock guard necessary? flyingcloud Rock Guards, Segment & Window Protectors 33 07-28-2005 04:28 AM
Are drain valves necessary? nickcrowhurst Fresh Water Systems 9 11-26-2004 08:37 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:56 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.