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#11 DanoT


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Posted 02 August 2020 - 07:04 PM

I do a lot of parking in ski area parking lots and Lithium batteries do not do well in freezing temps so I have AGM.


I need to keep my heater on low when I am out skiing so my dog stays warm and the propane furnace fan can drain batteries in a day or 2. For me, relying on solar in winter is too risky so I carry a Honda 2200watt generator and 1000watt electric heater (great for drying out wet gear) as well as battery charger and computer and phone chargers.

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#12 Ronin


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Posted 03 August 2020 - 12:14 AM

Do you have the standard heater that comes from ATC? We just ordered an Ocelot shell without a heater. We may add the heater by the time they begin the build.


We've ordered shore power and a second battery. I think we are going to add the 150W solar option.


I keep wondering if Lithium batteries might be a better alternative so we might have to switch directions on this topic as ATC does not do Lithium batteries.


I really do not like the idea of a generator. The ski resorts we frequent mostly do not have shore power so heating is going to take some thought. My current thinking is to go with the Wave 3 but I also am concerned about CO so the idea of a heat exchanger heater is very desirable. Except of course the heater exchanger option requires a fan, and power! I have no experience with any of this.


In an ideal world the two batteries and solar panel would keep the fan running enough but my gut says that is probably not going to be the case.


Any input is appreciated.

You can provide your own battery. Just let Marty know what size and where you want to place it. When Marty built my shell, I asked him to prep it for a Propex furnace that I installed later below the propane compartment.

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#13 bikeandski



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Posted 05 August 2020 - 12:52 AM

Thanks for sharing.  This is the same minimalist setup I am planning for my tele-hotel for open space and minimal weight.  Marty said they could setup the propane box with tank, heater, and stove top in the rear corner as you have done, with the rest of the shell open for flexibility.


I like your simple cabinets and bench as well.  It would be great to see a picture showing the ATC propane cabinet, and how tall the cabinet is with stove on top.


I don't expect to cook much in the camper, wondering if I want the factory stove.  Seems like it would be convenient and only add a few inches to the cabinet height.  I'd be fine with just one burner, and might consider after market options.  I'm curious, is there room to open the lid and boil water with the top down?


Thanks and happy trails

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