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I just, 5 minutes ago joined this forum, and we only have a few months to make some major decisions. We are getting ready to retire in December 2016 and we are jumping into full time rv'ing in May 2017 in a 5th wheel - never owned any kind of RV. We want to do this because of our first passion - hiking, and there are so many places we want to go. We know how we like to live and herein lies the rub! We like the space offered in a 40 footer, on the other hand, we like some semblenc of privacy in location and it seems(from what we have read) that 35 footers will open up more camping spaces that might be to our liking. We don't want to always have to be in private camps where we are stacked like dominoes. Are there enough "natural settings" out there for 40 footers or is it worth giving up 5 feet to perhaps gain more natural settings? We won't go shorter than 35?
My wife and I are roughly six months away from full timing. We have settled on a fifth wheel (DRV) as our next "home." Size appears to be important when looking at entry into national/state parks. We are considering a 36'/37' unit but understand that even that can be too large in some situations. For those of you who travel "the parks" frequently, what feed-back can you provide. Thxs, B&D.
I just happen to run across this breakdown comparison of Lifeline AGM's and various lithium options that I found very interesting and thought I would share. It's broken down into AH's per pound, AH's per cubic foot, pounds per cubic foot and a running comparison of total pounds and cubic feet required for a 1000ah battery bank. Lifeline AGM ---- 1.7 AH/lb , 233 AH/cFT , 137 lb/cFT -\- expanded to 1000AH = 620lb (4.5 cFT) Mastervolt LFP -- 2.6 AH/lb , 213 AH/cFT ,, 80 lb/cFT -\- expanded to 1000AH = 377lb (4.7 cFT) Valence LFP ---- 2.8 AH/lb , 250 AH/cFT ,, 89 lb/cFT -\- expanded to 1000AH = 358lb (4.0 cFT) PS Li-Polymer --- 2.9 AH/lb , 488 AH/cFT , 122 lb/cFT -\- expanded to 1000AH = 345lb (4.1 cFT) PS Li-Fe-PO4 --- 2.9 AH/lb , 239 AH/cFT ,, 82 lb/cFT -\- expanded to 1000AH = 342lb (4.1 cFT) Genasun LFP ---- 3.0 AH/lb , 192 AH/cFT , 130 lb/cFT -\- expanded to 1000AH = 330lb (2.1 cFT) Racecell LFP ---- 3.1 AH/lb , 272 AH/cFT ,, 87 lb/cFT -\- expanded to 1000AH = 320lb (3.6 cFT) Valence LMP ---- 3.2 AH/lb , 336 AH/cFT , 105 lb/cFT -\- expanded to 1000AH = 313lb (2.9 cFT) Smart Li-Ion ---- 3.6 AH/lb , 415 AH/cFT , 117 lb/cFT -\- expanded to 1000AH = 280lb (2.4 cFT) My gills is turnin' green!