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    I don't think I will include a toilet. I will mostly be at actual campgrounds, rest stops or out in the National Forest (which means over a hole lol). I live in North Idaho so there is no shortage of any of those options. I have a plan laid out that will allow for a two burner coleman stove as well as room for a 7 gallon water tank. plus under the seating platform there will be a good share of storage as well as room of a large ice chest. I thought about a small propane fridge but, man those things are expensive. I am also installing a second battery for lighting, fan etc. If anybody has a good plan on how to do the battery set up I would sure appreciate it as I am totally not good at the whole electrical side of thing.

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    I have a deep cycle for a second battery, along with a Cole Hersee Smart Battery Isolator. Definitely consider some type of isolator to keep from draining your main battery. One that allows a deep cycle battery may also be better for your needs, such as running 12V accessories for camping. I haven't had any problems with mine. I mostly use it to run compressors and other accessories, as well as a backup to jumpstart my main battery if needed. It is pre-wired through a momentary switch to do so. If you decide to just run two batteries in parallel, I would make sure to get two new batteries from the same lot from a wholesale dealer (not Wal-mart). I think you'd be happier with the isolator though, even if it's more expensive.

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    Looking forward to seeing pics of your conversion along the way.
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    Welcome!!! Sounds like a great project. I'm a big camping fan myself....keep us posted as to your progress.


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    WELCOME, cool idea...PICTURES IS WHAT WE NEED THO !!!!! lol

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    Don't worry I will post pics as I go along. Still considering options on the second battery but the isolator seems to be the option that every body else uses.

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    Welcome aboard!
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