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.
When you stated in you original comment "We always try to be thoughtful of our fellow campers when we are drydocking, but we are coffee drinkers and when we want to start up the generator to fix coffee,", since you mentioned "fellow campers", I figured you were talking about starting your generator in campgrounds, not walmarts, or rest areas, or the side of some road...
Well, there are a few things I'm a bit anal about. My morning coffee is one of 'em.
No French presses for me, no instant junk, only the real McCoy stuff made the real way and on my schedule. My pot, my coffee, at my time (just after rising, and 4:00AM isn't unusual).
So the question was how to do it while being considerate of any neighbors, and, of course, my still sleeping DW.
Now separately, we almost always pull an enclosed trailer with our "B". We wouldn't want to be without one of our motorcycles wherever we might be.
So, I got to thinking. Our trailer is both enclosed, and insulated. So, inside, it's very quiet.
The solution was to put our Honda 2000 in the trailer, run a line to the 30 Amp receptacle of the "B", go out to the trailer and start the already very quiet Honda genset, close the door, go back to the "B" and make my coffee.
Takes about fifteen minutes to brew the whole pot, then go shut off the Honda genny, and enjoy.
Except for the moment the door on the trailer is open, no one hears anything - especially my still sleeping wife. And, I go watch the sun come up with my morning libation made the way I like it.
Overkill, maybe. But do I get what I want the way I want when I want? You betcha.
I am now full-timing in my American Cruiser. I do not have internet options available yet. I can not log in to this site on my dumb phone.
I am at my son's right now babysitting while dil runs to the store. Grandkids have really loved spending time with Granny in my house at the curb.
Since I have a moment and some energy, I opted to take a peek at the forums and found this coffee discussion.
I could not resist commenting.
First of all, I could not understand the rejection of the idea of the french press. It had been my intention to use mine in my camper but I broke the carafe right before moving into the RV and haven't replaced it yet.
I have been using instant coffee. I googled "best instant coffee" and learned that Nescafe Classico is recommended by a lot of folks. I have just finished my first jar and it is probably the instant I will use from now on. I want to sneak some to my oldest grandson and see if he can tell that it is not brewed coffee. It does not have that instant coffee taste.
This conversation about using the generator has worried me a bit. I didn't realize I shouldn't run it at night and have done so when it has been hot and humid so that I could use the air-conditioner.
I have done that here in my son's neighborhood the last couple nights but you can not hear it from inside his house. We had checked for that at my older son's home as well. I also had it running during the day at my oldest daughter's home and could not hear it from inside her house.
I used it at a campgrounds when there was no site available with connections. I was surrounded by tent campers. I can't remember the hours in which I used it but I didn't realize that quiet hours meant no generator.
Since I plan to dry camp quite a bit, I am trying to acclimate myself to higher temps but really have issues when the humidity is through the roof. I am not particularly good at roughing it . . . obviously.
Yep, quiet hours means no generator, not even the really quiet ones. You can't pack enough battery power into that B to run the A/C off an inverter. That means either suffering the heat & humidity, avoiding going where it's hot, paying higher rates for hookups, or (my answer) staying in rest areas or truck stops where there are no quiet hours. I've still taken steps to quieten my Onan 2800.
Jim, "Will an exhaust brake make my generator quieter?"
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