I need some advice re: my idea for a super simple electrical system. I have a Transit Connect. I’ve built a platform bed with storage underneath yada yada yada. My girlfriend and I plan to travel around the Western US in the van off and on, probably spending at most one month at a time traveling/living in the van.
Electrical needs. We would like to power:
- a single 30 ft strand of led christmas lights
- a small fan to help with ventilation at night
- it would be cool to be able to charge up a laptop occasionally so we’d be able to watch movies a few times a week while on the road.
That’s it! We really don’t need much in the way of electricity. SO my question is!: Can I simply buy a quality deep cycle battery of some sort, charge it up on my trickle charger at home, then bring it with us and simply run the sucker dry during the trip? Any reason this won’t work? Most trips in the van will be long weekends, a fair amount will be a week or two weeks, and occasionally we will travel for a whole month. I assume I will need an inverter as well. Is this a great idea or a terrible idea? Why?
Thanks in advance!!