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Old 06-16-2004, 09:17 AM   #43
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Originally Posted by FireFighter
In our previous life we were big boaters ....normal among my boating croanies was to run between 5 and 7 batteries ...... just curios still pretty new to owning a land yacht.
Space and weight capacity, or, lack of...

I would suspect the trailers fall into the same catagory as the motorhome.

No good place to install a big battery bank, and the weight penalty is fairly onerous.


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Old 06-16-2004, 10:06 AM   #44
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Compared to other RVs, especially large motorhomes, Airstreams don't have much weight carrying capacity or well ventilated space for batteries. 130 lbs for two batteries, especially up near the tongue, is about all they can handle. Most of the boondockers in the big motorhomes have at least 4 T-105 batteries, and many have as many as 8, or 4 even larger batteries, to reduce the number of cells to have to fill.

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Old 06-17-2004, 11:27 AM   #45
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Hi X,

Just got back from a Boondocking trip to the GW National Forest. The 212 AH battery worked great. I have the new bracket installed. The guy fabricating the aluminum cover let me have it (about 90% complete, so that I could use it on the trip, but I'll be taking it back to him to finish it up). Once, it's finished, I'll take photos, and post them and his business info, in case you're interested. Can you send me the procedures to post photos on this forum?

I think Maurice came up with all the possible places to put a small generator inside the 22' CCD. A Honda EU-1000/2000 sized generator could be stored in a Roughtote and placed under the dinette or desk or even in the wet bath. You might be able to put it in one of the storage bins under the bed.

If you require Air Conditioning, then you'll need an EU-3000, and I don't think there's anyplace on the CCD (inside or out) that it could fit or be safely placed. I keep my EU-3000 lashed down in the bed of my pickup truck.

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Old 08-22-2006, 05:43 PM   #46
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perhaps i,m a minimalist.when camping the short airstream is used.the 63' 22' has a pressurized water system. i bring an air tank,fill to 40lbs light the heater and take a hot shower in the me that is a shear luxury. how about lights? i us candles. coleman lantern too. tv, radio?, if the state or national parks don't supply electric i listen to the sounds of generators when i camp thank you.
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Old 08-22-2006, 06:06 PM   #47
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I carry a generator, have never used it for my own personal use, and I do not have solar panels. The generator has traveled over 15,000 miles in two years. I did let a fellow Airstreamer use it when he batteries went dead. I live in hurricane country and the generator is a must when all power goes out in 90+ degree weather for weeks at a time.

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