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Old 05-14-2018, 05:39 PM   #41
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Thanks for the link!
For the Record: we just had a "Downstate camper" get separated from his group, and have to spend the night in the woods...
They brought him out: "toes-up"!
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Old 05-14-2018, 06:59 PM   #42
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It's also kind of smart to keep some basic outdoor skills in your hip pocket...

Like the ability to start a fire without the use of a gallon of gasoline, and your Tee-Shirt!

Knowing how to keep warm, find and make water safe to drink, and even some basic navigation, hunting, and fishing skills; can become pretty darn useful!
I *can* start a fire without a gallon of gasoline, but *why* would I want to do that?

Seriously though, yeah working on that too.. it has been a loooong time since I was in the boy scouts.
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:08 PM   #43
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I *can* start a fire without a gallon of gasoline, but *why* would I want to do that?
I know the feeling...
But those skills sure can come in handy!

Even something as stupidly simple as how to pick up a snake ; without getting yourself bit...
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:57 PM   #44
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Food and water...you will survive. I carry a Katadyn Pocket Water Filter; it filters 13,000 gallons of creek, pond or stream water at a rate of one quart a minute, and 6 months food for two which weights less than 100 pounds and has a 30 year shelf life. RVing is a great lifestyle but you need to be prepared if you're going anywhere outside of the norm...which is where my comfort zone is.
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Old 05-14-2018, 10:08 PM   #45
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Water: more than food...
But Amen!
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Old 05-15-2018, 07:28 PM   #46
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Awesome! I think most of the hardship will be for the wife then. Looks like previous owner switched all the lights to LED so that is nice. She is just going to have to get used to sleeping without a TV on . Need to find a small fan that is low power too.
Low power fan, O2 Cool, sold under the Ozark brand at wally world. About 1 amp on the low setting.
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Old 05-15-2018, 08:13 PM   #47
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We prefer camping in state and national parks over RV parks, so we've gotten fairly good at getting along without hook ups for as long as a week. A few things we've done to get there

- Upgraded from the very poor OEM batteries (2 12V with a capacity of about 160 amp-hours) to a pair of 6 volt golf cart batteries with a capacity of 220 Amp-hours

- We have a 300 watt portable full sine wave inverter we use for the TV/Blue Ray player. I tapped into the awning circuit to run 12V power to the TV cabinet.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I use SAE plug in connectors instead of the standard cigarette lighter plugs. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

- We bought a Coleman stove top coffee pot - its a drip coffee maker that works just like an electric one. A little slower and a little more noise. https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-20000...70_&dpSrc=srch

- We have had a 120 watt solar suitcase charger and just recently installed 200 watts of solar on the roof with a Bogart SC-2030 solar charger. I left a pig tail on the charger wiring so I can plug in the suitcase unit to supplement the roof panels. I have enough wire on it that I can get about 30 ft from the coach and move it around to keep it in the sun.

With the suitcase unit, we would run the generator for less than an hour a day. With the extra solar I'm hoping to not have to run the generator unless DW wants to run her hair dryer. I'm pondering adding two more batteries and a 1500 watt inverter that I can plug into the shore power receptacle when we need AC power.
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:01 PM   #48
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Solar in my next big education. It's a great option and my coach is pre-wired for it...where it is and how it works beats me!
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:52 PM   #49
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We've been trying to learn what we can about putting the Sun to good use also.
Here's a link to the kit that we've been sort of settling in on:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BSZUHRC...a-309877293546
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:07 PM   #50
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Good looking!! Not you...the kit!! I like that but would prefer a portable system I can place away from the coach if in the shade. Plus, I have this thing about drilling holes in the roof.
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:38 PM   #51
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I've got it all figured out for you...
Nothing in that kit says that you can't build some sort of brackets that'll work on the ground...

Just find a Sunny spot: mark your claim, and "Voila"!
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:48 PM   #52
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That's what we have on our roof. With 4 Interstate AGM batteries. Good setup.
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