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Posted: 06/25/12 05:09am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

sch911 wrote:

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For that short a load time and wattage, do you have enough juice left in the batteries to run the converter?


What good would that do? I'm sure you meant Inverter right? Converter=120V to 12V, Inverter=12V to 120V. Keep em straight man....



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They suuuuuck!!


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Use above with boiling hot water on the stove just like the tea drinkers.


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I go by if I am boondocking and you choose to park near me or next to me I reserve the right to run my generator when I want for whatever reason I want...

...and to answer the question when we wake up (usually around 7:00am) we run the generator while we are making coffee, breakfast and taking showers




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Make coffee at 4a if you like.... just use a percolator like your parents did.


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How early do you get your coffee going in the morning as a rule? Should we be cooking at 6:00, 7:00, or 8:00? Thanks!


I make my coffeee pretty much as soon as I get up. Boil water. I use Melitta cone and filter. Fresh. Easy. Efficient. Quiet.

If you need your fix before quiet hours have ended, try making it the night before and storing in a thermos til morning as someone else has mentioned. Or, try one of the 'quieter' methods for your first cup. Or, just sleep-in later.


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We always pay attention to the "rules" of using generators in non-electric campgrounds (usually 8 to 10 and 6 to 8) and never turn it on til after the stated time in the morning. I was speaking of boondocking in a Walmart lot or any other place where there are no "rules." We have driven to a Rest Area, picnic area, or stopped beside the road to cook our coffee, but was just wondering how the rest of you make it. Turning on the propane stove really heats up our small B camper fast, and we've already tried the Melitta drip & can't stand instant coffee. A thermos does not keep coffee hot. I've tried many tricks including sewing the grounds into a filter (didn't work and was so messy!) I just hate coffee with grounds in it, too, and trying to get rid of them in a camper is just too scary. Sorry, we're Swedish and a hot cuppa from a little electric pot is mandatory! We'll just keep driving to the next Rest Area, I guess.

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If you're in a Walmart or other parking lot, or a rest area, where traffic is already / always coming and going, I'd say no problem. But if someone is parked right alongside and showing no signs of being up, I'd probably start the van and idle off a ways first just to be polite. The stock Onan 2800/2500 has a particularly irritating-penetrating tone IMO.

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Roadtrekker2,

You can buy coffee in sealed filter packs if you don't like dealing with the grounds. They are pretty common in office settings when office workers are not going to deal with disposing of grounds either. They are also very common in hotel rooms. I can't recall if they are sold in grocery stores. I never looked. Didn't even think about them until you mentioned sewing the grounds into a filter.

The Starbucks instant coffee packs are a lot better than the traditional instant coffees. We carry them just in case we want a cup of coffee without messing with our French press, but they are rather expensive in my opinion.


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Coleman has a stove top drip coffee maker

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Post your schedule so we can all avoid you please!




M GO BLUE wrote:

I go by if I am boondocking and you choose to park near me or next to me I reserve the right to run my generator when I want for whatever reason I want...

...and to answer the question when we wake up (usually around 7:00am) we run the generator while we are making coffee, breakfast and taking showers


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