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Posted: 01/19/20 07:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I guess much depends on how much time you will be someplace. For less than a week it is so simple just to hook up power & call it done.

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Posted: 01/19/20 08:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Depends on how long I plan on being there. I do prefer electric for even short stops if the weather is hot.

I have boondocked for a week in mild weather without hookups.

Just depends on the situation. Sometimes I use the RV as a motel and other times a vacation home.



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Posted: 01/22/20 07:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It depends on the weather & length of trip.

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Posted: 01/24/20 09:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When we're out and about in 24 foot Class C RV we like to be ready for any type of camping, with FHU or drycamping not being a factor:

- We don't have solar for power because it's not universal enough ... too restrictive on adequate sun availability.
- We have ultra-low flow restrictors on both sink faucets ... so fresh water is just sipped when we drycamp .
- Our small(er) grey tank can be off loaded into the larg(er) black tank if the grey tank fills faster than the black tank.
- We regularly navy shower in our RV - including washing the dog in the shower.
- We have a fairly quiet running 4000 watt built-in generator - fed from the main 55 gallon fuel tank, which can supply the generator for days if needed for full power needs as if we were on full hookups.
- We have an ultra quiet 650 watt Honda portable generator, which can be used for slow battery charging.
- We can idle the main chassis engine - that for all practical purposes "cannot be heard" or felt - for fast battery charging.
- Our refrigerator is propane/electirc - and it keeps ice cream hard and the refrigerator section around 35-37 degrees on only it's medium setting in hot weather.
- Our propane tank is a generous (for a small RV) 18 gallons, so use of the 25,000 BTU furnace to keep the interior of our small motorhome toasty for days is no problem.
- The built-in generator can fully heat the interior using electric heaters if the propane furnace should ever fail.
- With the main engine idling, the cab air-conditioning and heating system can heat or cool the entire interior of our small motorhome should the air conditioner, the furnace, or the built-in generator ... ever fail.

We figure that RV's cost too much for them to not be fully self-contained - and as necessary or desired -> used that way.

* This post was edited 01/25/20 07:21pm by pnichols *

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Posted: 01/25/20 04:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

After the gamut of Boy Scouts, glamping is best. I'm OK with boondocking for up to 4 days. And, it's great for overnighting at Walmart. I'm a senior who enjoys comfort and convenience.

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Posted: 01/25/20 01:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We gravitate more to dry camping, sometime fully dry with no nearby water available. That tends to keep the crowds down and makes spur of the moment trips easier.

With portable solar on a 70' cable and adequate sun we are often able to fully recharge during the day. Otherwise we will run the generator.

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My Popup has only been on FHU when I was host and had to use that spot. But for health reasons wife might need the AC at anytime. If no power is available, may have the pickup running for who knows how long.
But I do not like to have water on site. We have a fresh water tank, but have to carry the waste. With the slow flow out of tank, we can go 3-4 days before we fill the waste tanks. If the hose is right there, I might need to switch jugs if she decides to do dishes.
The 2 months as host I used a hose for drain and another for water to the outside sink. Had one of the plastic sun heated Camp Showers hanging to heat dish water. For water inside just like normal, and dump the jug once a week or so.

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