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Old 09-22-2022, 07:38 PM   #41
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I wonder how much work it would take to replace the batteries with Lithium batteries to avoid running the generator.

You mentioned that the generator was surprisingly quiet. I’d love to see some footage of it running if you have any!

As I mentioned, I’m very close to buying a Rize 18A, but it’s a drive to make it down to the dealer to try all things I forgot to do when I was there last!

Im less concerned about the cost of gas to run the generator, but more so want to be more incognito for any impromptu boondocking situation.
You're all over the place... love it. I would recommend spending some time watching Youtube reviews of the various RVs that are appealing to you. Lots to learn. Big investment so you want to be sure to get it right.

Let's not turn this thread into a Lithium discussion since the Rize/Scope doesn't have that. Yes, would be a lot of work/money to replace batteries, and having to turn on the generator or not isn't 100% related to the battery type.

Footage of my generator running would not be super useful as that would depend on the volume setting of your computer/speakers. Let's say the propane i2800 is a bit quieter than some of the previous Onans, allowing you to have a normal conversation inside the vehicle, but still not being stealthy where you could be hiding out somewhere. A bit louder than the higher end Honda generators.

Keep in mind the generator is mostly used for two scenarios: If you need to run the A/C (or microwave, although that is rarely "needed"), or to recharge your batteries. The former only applies if you are in hot climates/seasons, the latter if the solar panels can't keep up with your battery usage. For me, rarely needed except for a summer vacation in the deserts w/o plug in.
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Old 09-22-2022, 07:46 PM   #42
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Thanks for the reply. Our laptops have those DC power blocks on the cables which only have a 3 prong connection.

I don’t believe there is usb to 3 prong adaptor in the short time I spent googling for one.
Right... those bricks are little transformers which take the 110VAC to something around 19 VDC usually. There is no adapter like you were googling, that would be the inverter.

So, to charge your laptop you would go from 12VDC (house batt) to 110VAC (via inverter) down to 19VDC (or something like that, via your power brick). Each conversion loses a bit of efficiency.

Just my opinion: If you are planning to work a lot from the RV, consider upgrading your laptop to a USB-C charge-able model. If you can afford a $90000 RV you may be able to spend $600 or so for a new lappy.
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Old 09-23-2022, 01:46 PM   #43
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I donít believe there is usb to 3 prong adaptor in the short time I spent googling for one.
I've never seen one either. In my Roadtrek, I just turned on the inverter for long enough to charge my laptop. The solar took care of catching up what charge it used. Again... look at getting a small inverter to plug into the 12v receptacle. Many people use one for their TV so that they can watch in the evening and not have to turn on the big inverter. Not sure how much you need for computer charging...
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Weekend hiking in Sequoia/Kings Canyon. Nice place to hang out in the evenings too.

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In looking for better quality, one can also look for an older, well cared for RV. Some (not all) of the older RV's were better built than today's new ones. For example, our older van didn't cost much and was constructed with no particleboard whatsoever. Every piece of the interior is solid oak or oak plywood. The design and build-out is solid, warm, and completely dry. Those were better days in so many ways!
Very good point. At the end of the day they all camp essentially the same and the layouts are all essentially the same variations. I think the money saved on buying a nice clean well cared for unit will buy a lot of fuel to make up for the poor gas mileage, and will more than cover any repairs that one would likely encounter. Also, the older units are cooler looking
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