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Old 05-06-2021, 02:58 PM   #1
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Wink going all electric?

Hi all! I have a 1965 Caravel that I am turning all electric as I don't go boondocking - Has anyone done this?

My Airstream was renovated very nicely by someone who unfortunately left very little room to put in a shower. He mounted the batteries inside in a closet and I thought since no more propane up front, what if I move them outside onto the hitch? I could turn the closet into a toilet/shower combo. Any thoughts?

Also thought about mounting an electric HVAC on hitch too so I could dump the god awful ugly giant A/C on my roof and make it a sky light.

Would love any referrals to anyone in Southern California that is trusted to do great work at a fair price.

Thanks!
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Old 05-06-2021, 04:04 PM   #2
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A couple of thoughts:

Check the tongue weight rating of your TV, putting batteries on the hitch will greatly increase the weight there, ditto for the A/C.

Search the forums here for mini-split a/c mods that have been done, tons of pics and info there.
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Old 05-07-2021, 10:56 AM   #3
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Yes, thank you! I figured by removing the propane tanks altogether and moving the spare to the rear bumper, it could handle the weight of 2 AGM batteries. I will check out the mini split unit threads - thank you!
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Old 05-07-2021, 12:46 PM   #4
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The batteries will be fine on the tongue. You may only need one battery if you are always on hookups. Or one lithium battery that will give more power than 2 lead acid batteries and weigh less than one of them. I think the tongue would hold the AC too just fine also. The tongue is where you want to add weight. I would try to keep the spare up there too. Or in the TV.
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Old 05-07-2021, 06:48 PM   #5
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We went all Electric and haven't looked back .
Besides we don't have a grey tank and we've done all the non hook up Camping in the past .

We are now Glampers and proud of it .

About the A/C we went with a Coleman Mach 8 it's only 8" high . Our Maxxaire vents are just 5' high when closed the tallest thing on the roof is the digital antenna .

The blue lights are 110 volt all the rest are self contained solar .

I do have a 10# propane tank in the tongue box along with stacking blocks and our fake grape potted plant .

We use the Propane for the BBQ and the Camp Fire .

I designed the tongue box for our Honda 2000i that we used on our 17' Casita when boon docking but those days are over as I sold the Casita when we got the Airstream . But I could put the Honda in it if I wanted to .
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Old 05-07-2021, 10:40 PM   #6
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Thank you all for your suggestions- they really help! I’m excited to go all electric!!! The idea of using a lithium up front makes sense too! I agree with having some propane for bbq and fire just in case! Now if I could just find the right person to do the work without getting taken advantage of! Thanks!!!!
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