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Old 05-23-2015, 09:29 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Jmooney View Post
For your first time out and dry camping, you need to be careful about power consumption. The furnace blower will take a huge toll on the battery.
On our first boondock to the beach (weekend in November), it was cold, damp, and even rained a tad. We ran the heater and had more lights on than planned when it was storming ~ and we ran the batteries so far down that the alarm went off at 5am on a very cold Sunday morning! I can laugh now, but at the time it was pretty scary - as the alarm blared, the dog launched herself unsuccessfully onto the bed. Groggy, I scrambled to get her leashed and us out of the TT while DH tried to figure-out what happened. Once he figured it all out, we realized we couldn't brew coffee, make breakfast, or run any hot water. Seemed like the only logical thing to do was pack-up and head home ... hungry and dirty, we were on the road by 8am ~ and you just can't pull a TT into a McDonalds parking lot for a cuppa! We survived, and now recall it as "what an experience". Lesson learned?? Conserve power if you don't have a generator, and buy one or two for the future!

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Old 05-26-2015, 11:17 AM   #12
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A fridge stays colder longer if it is filled. An empty fridge is really hard to keep cold. If you load up the fridge and have it on it will stay cold longer. When you get on the road and turn the fridge off, put a couple of frozen plastic water bottles (no more than 3/4 full) in the fridge. The ice bottles will keep the fridge cold longer and give you something cold to drink at your destination.


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Old 05-26-2015, 12:49 PM   #13
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Too bad you didn't get a chance to try this out sitting your driveway or behind the house.

We did several nights in our CAMP BACKYARD and tried not to cheat haha...

Also note where the closest WALMART and LOWES is located near the campground. You can get just about anything you will need or forgot to bring along with you from those two stores.

My small fridge is also 12VDC so what we do is turn it ON about a couple of hours away from the camp ground. It sometimes can take as much as 4-5 hours to get cold when first started up. I'm not a big fan to run the propane when in travel mode...

We also usually stock-up at the closest WALMART that has food just before we hit the camp ground. This is where we will most likely come back to to keep going the few days at the camp site.

We run out of ICE first. I carry one of the large 5-day ICE Chest and fill it up with ICE before we leave. I store meats and thing inside a small plastic container with a lid on it inside the the ICE CHEST sitting in top of the melting ICE.. This keep things from getting water logged...

Most non electric places we go have a close-by bath room facility with a water spigot there. This is where we get our fresh water from. I carry a couple of 5-gallon water jeri-cans and a folding cart to use if it isn't too far away from where we are camping...

We also capture our dirty water in a couple of those 7-gallon AQUA-TAINER plastic totes. We will carry this back to the bath room facility to dump down a toilet.

Our camper only has a fresh water tank being a OFF-ROAD POPUP camper. It does have the combo shower/cassette potti with a 6-gallon black water tank. I have to move this back to the bath room facility to dump it down the toilet as well.

Daily chores when camping off the power grid...

Hopefully your OTA BATWING Antenna will get you some HDTV to finish off your day before going to sleep. Good time to catch up on tomorrows weather. We always pickup several NATL BROADCAST Clear TV signals when camping off the power grid.

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Old 05-26-2015, 01:53 PM   #14
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FYI, some of the posts here recommended a 12v powered fan for the fridge which helps a lot supposedly (mine is still in line to install as I had to fix other more pressing things first) as the cooling mechanism on/off is sort of attached to the cooling coil to keep it from freezing up the coil. Blowing air over it helps it cool the inside better and transfer heat to the coil. It will use a bit of 12v power, so depending on temp outside maybe or not worth it?

This is what I'm talking about sold by a inventor guy on ebay.

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