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Old 06-16-2015, 10:58 AM   #1
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All electric?

I am in the process of planning the restoration of a 66 overlander. My question might seem odd to some but I'm wondering if I should go all electric and eliminate the propane? I would be dependent on shore power, or a small Honda generator. I realize that some campgrounds do not allow generators. What are your thoughts?


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Old 06-16-2015, 11:00 AM   #2
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Personally, I think having a frig and hot water heater that run off propane is the most sensible, if you plan on doing any boondocking/dry camping.


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Old 06-16-2015, 12:15 PM   #3
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I can't see the attraction of an all electric trailer.

To many limitations for me.

The ability to cook, heat, have hot water, operate a 'fridge with out a shore line or running a generator are what make an RV a RV, for me.

Certainly, there are other solutions but none as "off-the-shelf" as LP gas.

To me, this means simple and repairable devices with universal parts availability.

But to each their own.....


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In addition to making you dependent upon a generator or shore power, going all-electric requires you to either make a lot of careful compromises in using the trailer or to set up the trailer for 50A service, since running a refrigerator, air conditioner, water heater and an electric cooking appliance at the same time would exceed the capacity of 30A service.
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Old 06-16-2015, 01:14 PM   #5
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If your plan was to park long term at places with shore power, that might be okay. However, if you plan to be mobile, propane rocks.

For me, the novelty of a refrigerator that keeps my beer cold by using a hot flame, and draws no electric power, has never worn off. You can also be off in some quiet location and not have to start up even the most quiet generator to heat up that morning coffee.

Its a camper, therefore it leaks.
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Old 06-16-2015, 01:43 PM   #6
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All electric?

Without propane there is no RV, so to speak. This fuel -- powering the reefer, for cooking and to heat the interior -- is what allows independence.

Fresh water is probably is a slight bit higher in importance, but can be pumped from an onboard tank manually.

Electricity is the optional system. It is not needed. Literally.
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Propane it is. Thanks
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Old 06-16-2015, 06:37 PM   #8
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With the exception of a furnace, my new Classic can function in an "all electric" mode, or in its original configuration. I did this via a Magnum MSH inverter/charger and 4 Lifeline 6V batteries. These will even run my A/C for a few hours, if need be. With 600W of solar panels, it is my choice to run my fridge with either propane or via the batteries. On a sunny day, the solar charge offsets the electric draw. For all practical purposes, though, I use the propane for hot water as well as refrigeration when I'm boon docking. Propane, though, is definitely cheaper than all the components required to go "mostly" all electric.

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