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Old 10-14-2018, 05:28 PM   #1
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Default Winnebago Travato 59KL (Lithium vs. generator)

Looking at this unit hard. Love the thought of not having a loud generator, but wanted to see what the issues so far have been with this system.

I'm more of a hit the road randomly type person that rarely plugs up to electricity in parks. I usually overnight park in truck stops, Cracker Barrels, etc. Would be using the AC and Heater frequently overnight and then hitting the road and charging the batteries the next day.

Would love to hear some thoughts on this unit with the Lithium package vs generator.

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Old 10-14-2018, 06:16 PM   #2
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Go to the Travato owners and wanna bes on Facebook. Plenty of info there.
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Old 10-14-2018, 06:39 PM   #3
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Go to the Travato owners and wanna bes on Facebook. Plenty of info there.
Iím not a fan of Facebook. I will keep looking. Thanks.
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Iím not a fan of Facebook. I will keep looking. Thanks.
That is my view too.

I wish the Travato group would let me join in without being forced to give up personal information.
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That is my view too.

I wish the Travato group would let me join in without being forced to give up personal information.
Make something up. Lots of people don't use their real data on FB. If you already have a FB account with your real information that you use for family and friends, create a new one just for random groups.
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Old 10-15-2018, 12:17 PM   #6
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We have 400 Lithium batteries and no generator on our 2017 Agile. We rarely use AC but if we did you would need to be plugged in. The lithiums work great for everything else but they will not run your AC over night.
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It is my understanding that the Volta system in the Travato L is sized such that it can run the AC. The engine may have to start to recharge if you try to run it all night long. I have heard reports that it can run 6ish hours on the battery. If you are driving each day, which is typical class B use, then the batteries would be easily charged up again with the second alternator. I would not expect that idling would need to happen very often with typical driving every day.

THe heat can still be run with the Truma on propane as well.

The big power draw is the AC. I think even a "1/2L" system would be sufficient for many folks that dont need the AC very much, just power for coffee, computer/charging, and microwave etc.
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That is my view too.

I wish the Travato group would let me join in without being forced to give up personal information.
Agree also. Never was big on social media and don't plan on it. I'd rather log on to an informative forum...like here!
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If the Travato has a system whereby you can run the AC, then that would get my nod.
The Hymer, with the eco-trek system with volt start, is really sweet on paper, but pretty expensive at about 7k. It also does not have proven reliability, being fairly new tech.
The Hymer also has a ridiculous shower. To call it one is a stretch. It is "wet" though. It's like standing in an upright coffin. If you can stand. At 6'1", I couldn't. Not about to sit to shower...on the pooper lol. Surprises me they didn't also put in a composting toilet so you could sit to pee too!
The spare tire is a deal breaker also. It's pretty heavy and you'll need to lower it to the ground to access the left rear door. I'm an old fart and my back isn't what it use to be.
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If the Travato has a system whereby you can run the AC, then that would get my nod.
The Hymer, with the eco-trek system with volt start, is really sweet on paper, but pretty expensive at about 7k. It also does not have proven reliability, being fairly new tech.
The Hymer also has a ridiculous shower. To call it one is a stretch. It is "wet" though. It's like standing in an upright coffin. If you can stand. At 6'1", I couldn't. Not about to sit to shower...on the pooper lol. Surprises me they didn't also put in a composting toilet so you could sit to pee too!
The spare tire is a deal breaker also. It's pretty heavy and you'll need to lower it to the ground to access the left rear door. I'm an old fart and my back isn't what it use to be.
The Bs that will provide battery powered roof AC are the WGO Travato, the Coachmen Galleria and Crossfit and Midwest Automotive. Their battery capacities are fixed. However, the Roadtreks, (depending on the model), can be ordered with 400ah, 800ah or 1600ah. `Both the Xantrex and Volta systems seem to be well received with respect to capacity and reliability. The early Etreks had significant problems but Etrek design and quality control seems to have improved although there still is no metering providing the owner with the battery(s) state of charge.

Lowering the spare tire on the Continental to access the driver rear door shouldn't be physically taxing because if installed properly, it's spring loaded.
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