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Old 05-03-2012, 07:54 AM
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Re: Battery capabilities for caravanning

Wendy, Take a look at the following thread. http://www.jeepgarage.org/payments.php
You can become a Level 3 supporter ( I think it is $25 US) and then contact Milous and give him your E number. He will then display the tracking for your car. Once the car is built, you can then request a Buildsheet, which will also give you your VIN. With the VIN, you can track the car on the 4 week voyage to Aus.
I would suspect your car is already built, but if it isnt, from what I have heard, the MY12 builds have stopped, and the new MY13 builds wont start till June.
From memory, the most common solar array is 2 x 135watt panels. That gives you a max of 270watts of power in strong sun. To work out what will run off the panels, you need to know what the power consumption of your electrics are. The thing about solar is that while the sun is shining, your batteries are being topped up. That will generally keep you going for a few days out in the bush away from 240v.
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:02 AM
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Re: Battery capabilities for caravanning

Allypally, you're a gem! Thank you so much for this info. Just realised you're waiting on an Overland - lucky you!! Will be be-u-tiful in Cherry Red! Uh oh, eyes are getting bleary - one more email to prepare for client, then it's lights out for me. 'night W.
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:42 PM
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Re: Battery capabilities for caravanning

Wendy your van sounds like it is setup well.
No real need for a dual battery in the car.
Just some sort of electronic isolator a red arc type or a simple relay.
If you plan to travel with a fridge in the car while the van is not hooked up a second battery may be useful.
If you don't have quadra lift the bin under the passenger seat should be empty, room for a AGM battery there.

Become a member here Milous will have more information about your jeeps progress then the dealer. He is on the factory floor so to speak!

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Re: Battery capabilities for caravanning

Hey there, Deserthucker! Thanks for your thoughts - I'm hoping I've done enough research to have a pretty good setup for my needs, but the proof is in the eating as they say!

I didn't get quadra lift, so I do have room under the passenger seat. Will keep that in mind.

Have to say, your Jeep looks so good! Not helping my efforts in developing patience! Cheers, W.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:00 AM
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Re: Battery capabilities for caravanning

Wendy,
you would be far better off running the fridge on gas when not connected to 240v power. The 3 way fridges in the Jayco's are very efficient on gas. I have a 2010 Jayco Expanda 17.56-2 with the 150 lt fridge and you could comfortably get 4 weeks out of a 9kg gas bottle.

The solar setup will allow you to comfortably maintain charge in the batteries so you can run everything else in the van, bar the A/C and microwave.

As others have said, unless you plan on running an Engel or similar in the car permanently and not have the van with you, then a second battery probably isn't required. An isolator will prevent your car battery going flat and then when you stop for the night you can either run a 240v extension lead into the car to power the fridge or have an Anderson plug setup that will allow the fridge to be run off the batteries in the van.

If you're not going to be on 240v for days on end I would also look at converting the Jayco lights to LED's. I have done my entire van and it now draws less than 1/10th of the battery power the original globes used, giving the battery a much longer life before a recharge is necessary.

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Re: Battery capabilities for caravanning

Thanks, Matty. A friend has also suggested, rather than the dual battery setup, that I look at a nifty jump-start gizmo that also has a compressor built into it. I've forgotten the name of it, but they're available from Super Cheap Auto. He swears by this gadget, having used it to help others, so that might be a cheaper option for me at this stage. It's going to be 6 to 12 months before I start heading into the more remote areas, so I should have a pretty good idea by then of what's working for me and what needs to be revisited.

As for the lights, most of the lights in the Jayco are LED - that was something I was looking for, so it's great to have confirmation that this was a good move! There's only the bedside lights and a little grouping of lights above what was the dinette that are still globes, but I've already checked that I can easily change over the grouping to a pancake of LEDs, although the dealer advised that the little globes currently used draw very little power as it is.

Only 3 weeks till my van is ready. Unfortunately, my JGC (due next week) has been significantly delayed, placing me in a very difficult position. Trying to find a way around this. Fingers crossed! Cheers, Wendy.
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:28 PM
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Re: Battery capabilities for caravanning

You could give the caravan to me till your Jeep arrives. Don't forget, you need to run in the motor too, so I should have your van till about Spring.
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That's an A for ingenuity, allypally!!
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Re: Battery capabilities for caravanning

Hey there, Mendo! Guess who picked up their bee-utiful Jeep just over a week ago?

Truly, somebody was looking after me! About 3 weeks ago, while I was overseas, the dealer called, advising June delivery wasn't going to happen and I'd be looking at August at the earliest. Well, that wasn't do-able as I need to be on the road once I finish up at work (end of July). Some sleepless nights followed...

Rang around the dealers in home State when I returned from overseas - nothing! All Laredos already had homes to go to, so I tried my luck interstate...and struck it super-lucky! A deal had fallen through 2 days prior for a white, diesel Laredo (just what I had ordered!) - how lucky am I?! I feel for the person who missed out, but thank my very lucky stars! I'm now the very proud owner of a Laredo and it is just gorgeous!

As I purchased interstate, my first drive was 1,000km to bring it home. Auto wipers, headlights and high beam, plus cruise control, all came in very handy, as did the bluetooth for calls (needed some chit-chat to keep me going towards the end of the trip!). After a 10-hr drive the day before, and then another 10-hr drive (plus breaks) after picking up Jeep and in hideous weather...I was very glad to arrive home. Gave me plenty of time to work out some of the gadgets...but I'm still learning. Trying to read the manual - a bit dreary - but hoping to learn something new each night!

My only complaint is that my drive to and from work each day just isn't long enough! Another 3 weeks and I'm finishing up at the office, ready for a couple of practice runs before heading off on the big adventure.

Oh, I meant to say that if there's anyone out there that's wondered about the tent that fits over the tailgate, I saw one in the flesh at the dealers and it's on my 'must have' list for those areas where I can't take my caravan. A couple of days camping in my JGC and enjoying the amazing scenery in some of our national parks...life's good! Ciao for now, WW.
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:23 PM
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Congratulations Wendy ... where are the pics?
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Well, I'm a little embarrassed - he's already a little dirty and in need of a bath, so no photos as yet! Will rectify that asap! WW.
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Yeah. Where are the pics. Also very interested to see a caravan on the towbar.
Sounds like you got your car from Peter Warren's?
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