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Jebby14

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Posted: 09/30/19 04:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't even have a printer at home anymore. What could you need to print while on vacation worth the space taken by a printer?


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Posted: 09/30/19 06:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We print so little, that they always dried out the ink when we went to use it.

What exactly do you need a printer for?


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I work out of our RV and we camp seasonally. I use a printer often enough that it would be a real hassle to have to take it somewhere to print. My wife uses it from time to time as well.

I would recommend a laser printer as the (powder) toner won't dry out like an inkjet printer. The last three years, we have left the printer in the TT over the winter (along with all the networking equipment) and haven't had any issues with it.

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Posted: 09/30/19 07:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use the printer off and on. I use the copier nearly as much. I have had to do some scanning and coping for a design project while on the road.
The 3-1 has worked for several years in MY. It is hard wire as wireless printers were too expensive at the time.
Ink drying could be an issue for some places. We normally try the installed ink cartridge, run nozzle clean, works fine if no get a new cartridge set.


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enblethen wrote:

I would get an inexpensive Canon 3 in one printer. Wireless version around $40

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BobsYourUncle wrote:

I have a small battery powered printer I carry for those times when I need to print something.

Canon iP100. It has an onboard rechargeable battery, so you could be out in the middle of a field somewhere with a laptop and you can print stuff. Or run it off AC power.

It's compact so doesn't take up much room.
Yeah, we have the same printer, and it works pretty well. We've used it a couple times over the last few years. The key word here is "small". A 3-in-1 printer is a pretty fair sized piece of furniture. I guess it all boils down to what you have to use it for. Laser printers are sweet, and what we have at home, but also a pretty big footprint.


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Jebby14 wrote:

I don't even have a printer at home anymore. What could you need to print while on vacation worth the space taken by a printer?


That's one thing I'm trying to figure out by posting here. Curious to see if others have/use a printer while traveling.


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RRTom wrote:


That's one thing I'm trying to figure out by posting here. Curious to see if others have/use a printer while traveling.


We haven't taken a printer the 15 yrs we have been camping, YET.

However, when we camp there is almost always one of those moments that I wished I DID have a printer [emoticon]

Things like RESERVATION acknowledgement paperwork or even printed directions to some obscure scenic place..

When you are used to having a choice of printing to three different printers at home or multiple printers at work camping with a PC and NO printer IS roughing it..

My preference goes to a laser printer for extremely low usage or extremely long periods of time between printing.. Toner does not freeze, does not clog and most likely will still be good for the next 100 yrs..

Inkjet printers on the other hand the cartridges dry up in short time after you open them OR even more diabolical is the fact that most of the major inkjet printer manufacturers LOCK down the printer to FRESH OEM ONLY cartridges! Many of the inkjet printers read a chip on the cartridge and if the chip says it is out of date, NO MORE PRINTING HAPPENS.

For those who say go with inkjet and if the cartridge dries out, just change it..

Perhaps you would be willing to fork out the $30-$60 PER cartridge when it dries out for the OP after sitting a yr?

For $40-$60 you can buy a new inkjet printer.

You are better off buying brand new inkjet printers every yr or less for the cost of the replacement cartridges.

Yes, there are "tank" inkjets, however they DO have issues with the printhead clogging from lack of use and they cost more upfront.

That is the cold hard facts of inkjets, USE THEM OR LOSE THEM..

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RRTom wrote:

We will soon be able to take our MH out for 2 to 4 weeks at a time, maybe 3 or 4 times a year. We will be taking a laptop, cell phones and IPad with us. Would one of the small portable printers be worth while for us? Does anyone use one in a scenario such as above?

As you can see, everyone has an opinion. I want a printer with me for many reasons. The inkjets will dry out but are so cheap I just throw them away after 2 or 3 years. I like color for troubleshooting diagrams. I'm currently using an HP 3700 series FWIW.


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valhalla360 wrote:

Example, we used to print boarding cards for air flights...then they started letting you download them to your phone (plus you can always get a printed copy at the airport). Solved the problem without maintaining a printer.

I used an airline app with a boarding pass recently. It showed on the app so I did not download it (that won't happen again). When I showed up at security after waiting in line the app wouldn't show the boarding pass and I had to go to ticketing, the kiosk wouldn't print it either. I had to get in line and get an agent to print one and start over. Lesson learned, paper if available always works.

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