For “boondocking” should I get a standard Travato with 12v AGM batteries, upgrade to 12v lithium batteries, or get the “L” with the Volta Pure 3 48v system?
TOWB group member William Byerly Holt offers this (with light editing) . . The bottom line is how much time/effort do you want to put into Managing your power; usage and replenishing. All three battery options allow you to boondock for extended periods of time. Three options: type of batteries: AMG; AMG upgraded with Lithium replacements; Volta Pure 3 Lithium. AMG systems require multi-daily eyes on the system to manage the power. A/C requires running the generator (which since 2021 is a “quiet generator”). The batteries generally should only be depleted 50% before recharging or risk damage to the batteries. 12v Lithium upgrades require daily eyes on to manage but can be depleted to almost 100% before recharging. Might provide limited A/C. If the upgrade included installation of a large inverter. Generator running would be required for extended A/C. Volta needs very little management: if not running the A/C, looking at it every 3 or 4 days. If running the A/C, looking at it once a day. Enable the Volta Auto-Start, and the Volta system will manage itself as needed. With the Volta fully charged, you can run the A/C from 5 to 24 hours before needing a recharge, depending on how much time the A/C compressor is on. ————- Under that bottom line is where you evaluate YOUR personal cost benefit. Thank you William.
What is the OEM battery that comes in the Travato?
The OEM battery is Group 31 AGM battery from NAPA. 110 AH