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Old 01-11-2014, 06:20 AM   #1
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Locals in S&B Are Jealous I Guess

A thunderstorm just passed my home base about an hour ago and knocked out power to the entire area. I am at my home base which is a small town. I had been up long enough to perk a single cup on my Keurig when the power went out. Of course my lights are still on, but there is no light visible outside in any direction. I turned on the hotspot on my smartphone so I could keep surfing the net. After my first cup was gone I started my generator and perked another one and turned on TV.

Our local police chief just stopped by to see how I have power when no one else does. I think he really just wanted a cup of coffee which I provided with a smile.

Life is good in an RV. Lots of options that S&B folks don't have.


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Old 01-11-2014, 06:37 AM   #2
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Glad you had no storm problems Ed, Life is Good in a RV !!!

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Old 01-11-2014, 06:46 AM   #3
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We use our OFF-ROAD POPUP setup to support our house during power outages all the time... I run a couple of extension cords into the house and run the home entertainment setup, run some 120VAC lamps, and plug in the fridge a couple of hours a day to keep freezer up.

We have had a weeks power outage associated with the hurricanes the past couple of years. My PATIO is up and running with outside HDTV and becomes a gathering place for the neighborhood. Always have coffee and all is nice and dry if it is raining... My Verizon MIFI provided good WIFI HOT SPOT as well. We never missed a beat.

It is just like when we are camping off the power grid with all the 120VAC items running from an inverter and 12VDC items direct connected to the battery bank. I do have to run my generator once a day for about three hours to re-charge the battery bank back up. No problem at all doing the 10-14 days of NO POWER the last time the county went off line.

The only problem I had was finding gasoline for my generator. It seems all of the gas stations in our county do not have emergency power hookups so their pumps didn't work. I do have the OKLAHOMA CREDIT CARD setup here that works great with hand suction pump to get gas from my truck tank.

A neighbor and I also went around the neighborhood with my 2KW Honda generator in a small pull wagon and offered to run the fridges for a couple of hours. That was fun as well.

After doing this the past three to four years the neighborhood now has several portable small generators up and running... I guess they got the idea its nice to have a PLAN B sometimes... Loss of one freezer full of meat will buy a good generator I reckon.

Still is fun however being able to offer some assistance when the times warrant it.

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Old 01-11-2014, 09:07 AM   #4
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I did the same thing in my RV last summer. Power went out at supper time.. I went out to the RV finished making my supper (on stored solar power) then cranked on my sat TV and had 5 neighbours come over to watch TV with me...
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Old 01-11-2014, 09:44 PM   #5
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When the dikes broke and our town lost power for 3 days we moved into our travel trailer in the yard. With a small Honda generator and plenty of gas we watched movies, cooked, and stayed warm. The city water was not affected because it is a mountain gravity system so we simply got water from the house.
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:54 PM   #6
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What is S&B?
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Sticks & Bricks. Permanent houses are often called S&Bs by RVers.

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