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  1. Don't feel too bad! My wife and I were in the same boat, we pick up our Elite II in March. This venture has been an education to say the least, especially in F150 towing packages / capabilities. Thanks to so many helpful members here we are now set and ready to pick up the trailer, just gotta grab up a couple items like locks and such. Good luck on the pickup!
  2. Ok thanks! Just wondering as this discussion seems to be about panic systems and alarms.
  3. Just wondering as this discussion seems to be about panic systems and alarms.
  4. Has anyone here had any encounter with criminals while camping or boondocking?
  5. Those WITH the composting toilet... Have any of you tried linking the grey + black tank together? It seems kind of useless to have a black water tank not being used. I saw on youtube one couple set their black water tank to be an overflow for the grey water and it worked well for them.
  6. Thanks for the help with this ya'll 😃 I think I'll go ahead and add this in, as we do have a generator, and may want to use that to power the AC when in warmer climates + boondocking.
  7. Does anyone in this thread have the 'Micro Air Easy Start' option added with the 4 AGM batteries + Solar Panel? Is the micro air easy start something we should get if we do the solar option?
  8. Ah that would be great! Thanks so much 😁 When staying at Cracker Barrel’s, where do you park? Do you research the interstate rest stops before hand? Or do you just chose one as the pop up in your driving?
  9. From the image in your signature, it looks like you’ve been all over the US. Would you mind sharing where you park and camp at when not at a FHU site? and what that usually looks like with pulling a camper? My wife has expressed some concern with knowing the right places for boon docking in such a nice camper. I think her line of thinking is we would stand out like a sore thumb and encounter the possibility of being messed with or something along those lines. She felt safe boon docking in a camper van, but it was because of the freedom of being able to drive away easily from the bed into the drivers seat if a situation were to occur.
  10. This is very valuable info to me. Thanks. If I go door and AGM route, would it be hard to switch out the inverter/batteries to lithium in the future? Watching reviews of AGM with solar versus Lithium seems to lean that lithium is a long term better option. But maybe going AGM first then upgrading later would be wiser.
  11. In anticipation of installing my own solar panels down the road. I guess I am hesitant to go all in with the solar thinking, what if we dont end up doing much boon docking?
  12. Thanks for the advice. We plan on getting the twin bed option. Would this mean we install the port on the outside, and under the twin bed, we hook the controller, wiring to the battery bank? I don't know about how the wiring works with campers as this will actually be our first camper.
  13. So the last thing my wife and I are trying to decide on is if we want solar options installed on our new Oliver ELite II build. I think we will be getting the Lithium Batteries with the 3000w inverter At first, we were totally on board with getting the solar panels, but then, we started to think more of our daily use. We will always be needing power for our electronics, and won’t always be camping in cooler climates, so we will need the AC on I’m sure at the very least 50% of the time. Which seems to me we would want to be either on shore power or a generator while boondocking. Seeing as the generator doesn’t last longer than 18 hours with a minimal load, that would mean a good amount of extra fuel. With those things in mind, I’m thinking we would be camping at cam grounds and plugged in over 50% of the time. Would solar be useless for us if we’re are going to be plugged in most of the time? Also, is it fairly easy to have solar panels installed AFTER the fact?
  14. Thanks @Mattnan for originally posting here, hope I didn't hijack this topic too much 😜 So it seems now that my main choice is still between the Solar Pro Package (AGM batteries) and the Litium Pro Package (Lithium Batteries). I think they both would obviously work for me, but there is a possibility that we would sell our trailer in 3-5 years. If that were the case, it seems the pros of the Lithium package would outweigh the AGM Package. Longer lasting batteries, higher re-sale value, more efficient. As always, thanks for the help everyone.
  15. Came to this post with the same questions as the OP. I think this solution makes the most sense... as well as a cost saving option. Black Friday is right around the corner too! Where did you purchase for Black Friday?
  16. Yeah... tell me about it. Works great for a hurricane, but it is heavy!
  17. So while camping, you do not run the AC I suppose? Would you mind letting me know your day to day activities related to power consumption while on these trips? Ps thanks for the help 😃
  18. Is is this one : https://www.campingworld.com/cummins-onan-p4500i-inverter-portable-generator-118307.html
  19. I live in central Louisiana. So all of our camping will be starting here at least. We really want to stay in the Utah, Colorado, Idaho area for awhile in 2021 as well. Other than that, we will be traveling all over.
  20. I guess all of these options and descriptions confused me even more 🤣 So boondock running the AC from the lithium batteries with solar doesnt seem to be an option. Looks like we would need a generator if we really want to do that, the same with the Solar Pro Package as well? What package should I get then, if when boondocking, we will need a generator to controll the temp anyway? What would be the benefit of going with the $4K more expensive option of the Lithium Pro Package? Our Use We plan on taking multiple trips a year, and working from our camper from different campgrounds, while sometimes boondocking. Our trips will be for 1-2 weeks at a time, and we plan on doing this probably 6-8 times a year or more. During these trips, we will practically be living out of the camper, so we need power to cook, run AC, power our computers to work remotely, etc. With that being said, can anyone recommend a battery / power package that would suit us? I currently own a portable Cummins Generator w/ 3700 running watts and a digital inverter, although it is a bit heavy.
  21. My wife and I are spec'ing out our Ollie now and are now interested in all the technical details of the power options. I know virtually nothing about the options to choose from. We want to be able to boondock and use our AC/Heater when necessary, preferably without the use of a generator. Would the new Lithium Pro package cover this? Lithium Pro Package $8,999 (2) Lifeblue Lithium Batteries (400 AH total) 340W Solar Panels Micro Air Easy Start 3000 W Xantrex Inverter Is this overkill? Would we be better off with the Solar Pro? Solar Pro Package $4,999 (4) 6V AGM Batteries 340 W Solar Panels 2000 W Xantrex Inverter This is the only option choice that is a bit concerning to me as this costs is high, and I am not knowledgeable on the subject.
  22. After much research and looking at used trucks online. I decided that a used 2018 F150 with the Max Tow package is my best bet for now and within my current price range. Found a really good deal in Houston and will be picking up this weekend. I have quadruple checked that it has the Max Tow package, it has a decent payload as well oh almost 1700lbs. Looking forward for this part of the "camper life" process to be complete 🤣 thanks again for all the help and advice you guys!
  23. Oh wow, that's really low. Mine on the door jamb is 1693 so im pretty confident it will do what we need.
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