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Old 06-13-2018
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Clarification please...


- Boon Docking is when you are connected to a power source such as at a

campground.


- Dry Camping is when you are not plugged in to a power source anywhere.


Is this correct? Are there other terms for BD and DC? Thanks.



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Clarification please...


- Boon Docking is when you are connected to a power source such as at a

campground.


- Dry Camping is when you are not plugged in to a power source anywhere.


Is this correct? Are there other terms for BD and DC? Thanks.



Timothy

I thought that boon docking and dry camping were the same.
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Clarification please...


- Boon Docking is when you are connected to a power source such as at a

campground.


- Dry Camping is when you are not plugged in to a power source anywhere.


Is this correct? Are there other terms for BD and DC? Thanks.



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Boon docking could be out of town in the woods. Remember Billy Joe royal's Song?

Dry camping could be when you are not hooked up to anything. Lowes, wal mart or other parking lots. The side of the road or in a rest area. Dry no water,sewer,or electric service.


Boon docking is location and dry camping would be amenities. So you could boon dock and dry camp at the same time or you could dry camp even in an RV park as long as you weren't hooked up. Some one did this last year at Pine Mountain (not cool)
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Stick,i guess the info we really need is how you use those batteries.
If you don't dry camp you may not need 6 batteries.
If your always plugged in (except at Georges!) you don't need 6 batteries.
Tell us about your camping,always plugged in or not?
Almost no dry camping. I’m always plugged in except when at George’s. I’m talking about just putting some non AGMs this time. I would need some help going from 6 to 4 batteries.

Would this require a separate starting battery?
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Good news, at least for now. Overnight on charge with the chargers/inverter and it started instantly. I'm probably not out of the woods, and I'd like some more input on changing from 6 batteries, and I'm going to install cutoffs, but for now, it starts like a new one.

Thanks, everyone. I'm somewhat gratified that I was able to fix the reverse polarity situation - a real big deal for me - and that we seem to be OK for now.
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I have 4 flooded group 31 batteries combined for start and house. This is how mine came from my PO, but originally is shipped with 6 6V, also combined into one bank. I would love to have start only pair for ensured start-ability if something runs down the house batteries, but not really needed as I normally either plug in or run the generator.

I would love to have a big solar/lithium setup, because they are really cool, but I honestly don't need anything like that yet. Need vs want...

Anyway, my total battery investment is about $400, as the group 31 batteries can usually be found in the $100 range at truck supply houses.

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Good news, at least for now. Overnight on charge with the chargers/inverter and it started instantly. I'm probably not out of the woods, and I'd like some more input on changing from 6 batteries, and I'm going to install cutoffs, but for now, it starts like a new one.
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Thanks, everyone. I'm somewhat gratified that I was able to fix the reverse polarity situation - a real big deal for me - and that we seem to be OK for now.


Good news indeed. You can kick that can down the road a bit.


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Wow Stick. Glad it worked ok for you this time, but don't count on too many more in the future. I guess I would at least set up a couple of new start batteries, just to keep me from being stranded, in case they fail again. That wouldn't be such a big expense and yet let you sleep comfortably at night, assured you will be able to start up in the a.m. and move down the road.
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