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Old 08-05-2013, 01:03 AM   #1
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What are your creative boondocking solutions?

So, as we are setting up for boondocking, just wondering what others are using...


Looking for an idea for some bedside lamps (hate using the overheads when reading/getting ready for bed). I will switch all of those out for LED's, but looking for something battery operated that works. Eventually I will have a small inverter, but I'm not sure where all I will end up with plugs.

I will probably have the plugs somewhere near the TV/DVD so that can be used "off-grid" and still have power available for phone charging, etc.


Does anyone use any auxiliary type of heater or do you rely on the in-house furnace? I know the fan can put a serious drain on the batteries.


What do you think of the stock charge controller (converter?) on the newer Jaycos? Is it adequate (at least for a start)?


That's it for now - I'm sure I'll have more later:hihi:
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:58 AM   #2
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I picked up one a coleman propane coffee maker with stainless steel carafe. Perfect for boon docking. Although the DW says she thinks instant tastes better while camping.
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I have not used my furnace in 2+ years now. I bought a big buddy catalytic heater and it works better uses less propane and less battery power.
If your boondocking SOLAR POWER is the best way to go.. No smelly noisy generator needed...
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Old 08-05-2013, 08:42 AM   #4
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I picked up one a coleman propane coffee maker with stainless steel carafe. Perfect for boon docking. Although the DW says she thinks instant tastes better while camping.

I've been using a french press for all of my coffee needs for about 10 years now. For home, backpacking, and camping in the trailer. It's a bit stronger so it takes a while to get used to, but eventually it's the only way you'll want it!
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Solar panel to charge the battery...works great. 400W Wagan inverter runs my Television and DVD player, no problem (yep, it's a MSW inverter and it works great, and can watch movies for several hours each night on the twin deep cycle series 27's). I love my coffee press, although the DW is not found of the cleanup (grounds), although I dont mind when I do it. She'd rather use the coffee bags (just like tea-bags, only for coffee....regular (for me) and decaf for her). Love boondocking.
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I've been using a french press for all of my coffee needs for about 10 years now. For home, backpacking, and camping in the trailer. It's a bit stronger so it takes a while to get used to, but eventually it's the only way you'll want it!
That actually is nice coffee, I had French pressed coffee at a local Vietemese restaurant and quite enjoyed it.
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X2 on the solar panel, I only have a 40w so far but it keeps my batteries topped up in good weather.
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As mentioned SOLAR is the way to go. I have a 250watt panel connects to a Morningstar MPPT charge controller. It recharges the batteries everyday by 2 or 3 PM the latest, and that is using the ceiling vent fan all day, TT stereo, 2LED lights all day/night. I rewired the TT's charge controller's AC lead to it's own breaker, and it has been turned off for months. Not needed any more. I have a 1500 watt inverter that we use to watch TV, usually during the evening hours. We have had the TV on for an average of 4 hours each night. Every once in a while i will use the microwave for a few minutes during th aftrnoon during PEAK sunshine.
As for running extention cords from the inverter, DW would not hear of it. Sooooo, I ran a roamax cable from the front storage area (inverter + near batteries) to the back storage area where the shore cable gets pushed in for storage, and wired the roamax cable into a4x4 elec box with an RVoutlet. When dry camping, I plug the shore cable into the RV outlet that is connected to the inverter, turn on the inverter and 120vac at all the outlets that are on the TT. One word of caution , turn the AC breaker off before plugging in the inverter.
For coffee, we use the regular electric coffee pot. One modification, we have a small tuperware plastic bowl that fits into the coffee basket of the coffee pot.) I drilled 3small holes in the bowl, place it o top of the coffee grounds/filter and pour hot water from the stove into it. Makes a perfect 2cups of coffee. DW loves it.
When we wake up in the morning, on average, the battery voltage is around 12.4 or 12.5,which is pretty good for the amount of things we use.
Future: Adding a second 250 watt panel. Going to a 3000 watt inverter, with 2 more batteries.
Happy boondocking.
When we get home, i plug the TT into my small home solar panel setup and save a little $$$ off the electric bill, that is the other reason for the second TT solar panel.
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I'm interested in a solar panel for next year. I'm hearing all this talk of charge controllers and inverters and everything - what's stopping me from getting the panel and hooking it up directly to my trailer's battery and then using the trailer's electrical system?
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We use a Kozy World catalytic heater. A small Honda generator works well for lights, keeping the batteries up, refrigerator, and television. They are light, quiet, and just sip gas.
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