Bearbait in NM wrote:YYC,
I have just started my 6x10 conversion.
Looking forward to some pictures. Are you starting a build page?
Was not planning on it, as my plan is to keep the trailer ready for cargo, but have basic needs covered. Not really something most folks would think of as RV like. The plan is have it ready for camping this summer, without much finalized, then decide where to go with it. I have my fold out bed platform, single bed/couch with open to double bed installed, need to get my rollable battery box finished, and roll my Honda CT90 into it, to sort out tie downs and tongue weight. I got the solar bug last summer, and built a nifty portable 70 AH enclosure with a large Pelican case that does support my ARB cooler, and have my new trailer solar working with my 135 watt panel.
I am new at this by and large, but the 70 AH portable solar generator I mentioned above will run an ARB fridge and small loads like you noted, without much need for charging on a typical 2-3 day weekend. What Batteries to buy is a question much like what flavor of ice cream is best. For the loads you noted, you really do not need a huge battery bank. If you are new at this, maybe buy some lower AH (and weight) AGM batteries, and spend the unused Trojan dollars on a good battery charger. And get the old noodle wrapped around understanding battery charging and needs, before going amuck on the best battery you can find. batteries are going to come and go, as most of the major brands seem to have issues at times. I honestly think that dollars are best spent on the equipment to maintain any battery, and spending the hours needed to understand how to kill one. I sure have nuked a few learning. Then decide on the better battery once you have the entire process sorted out.
I live in a really small town, so getting batteries is a chore. I almost pulled the plug on some Trojans when I was in nevada a couple of weeks ago, but opted for some lesser AGM's from the Battery Plus store out there. I decided that like you, I need to be able to charge inside my trailer, so the sealed AGM's really made more sense. And, going to put the money saved into some make of good converter. Still researching that. Got my solar, inverters and chargers sorted out last year, along with my second truck battery system. Man oh man, what a process this has become.