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Old 10-05-2014, 10:29 PM   #31
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Definitely in Southern California.....
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Old 10-05-2014, 10:33 PM   #32
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Which, speaking of, I'm still trying to find a 12V fan that is compact and portable. Had one with a spring clip but it gave up in Osoyoos one afternoon.
Been using this one, might be bigger then you're looking for. Seems a decent trade between size and power. Not real powerful, but it's enough.

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Old 10-05-2014, 10:59 PM   #33
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Gee, haven't given this much thought to generators since I dry camped up on a mountain in the central highlands for 6 months with 187 guys. My bunk was 12 meters from four 45KW generators going 24/7. They were loud.

Because some say Solar don't mean I say Tomato. Yet no sun still means no joy. O Mother Nature, we love your amps, we love your ohms, but fail us and we'll drag our bones... to any alternate power zone.

When you need the power you still need the power. Those who abuse the privilege deserve contempt. In fact, when I drive by them rolling McMansions I am always tempted to suppress a sneer.
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Old 10-05-2014, 11:07 PM   #34
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Definitely in Southern California.....
Oh heck yes, it gets pretty challenging to set up a defensive perimeter around the campsite down here!
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Old 10-05-2014, 11:12 PM   #35
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Oh heck yes, it gets pretty challenging to set up a defensive perimeter around the campsite down here!
You took that at Jalama didn't you! Quite a time!!...
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Old 10-06-2014, 08:11 PM   #36
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In the limited time we've had our new Escape 19 with the 160w panels, we've always had full batteries by mid morning, they charge up quickly even after using the micro wave. On the other hand, we've had a few perfect campsites spoiled by people using generators, sometimes for hours on end, most often the units are placed where the noise is minimized for the users and not for everyone else.
Run with the solar package ETI installs first, then decide.
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Old 10-06-2014, 09:01 PM   #37
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Hmmm - I don't know about solar only. Here on the lower rainland of BC I plan on using our Escape well into the fall and perhaps beyond. Once the rains start in October we don't see much sun until spring. I can't imagine solar is going to do much for us when I'm dry camping during those times as it quite likely it'll be cloudy/rainy for days on end. Although I will admit to not being too familiar with how effective solar is under cloudy skies. Since during those times I'll be using the furnace a fair bit I need to be sure I can make it for a few days with no worry. Not sure how to do that without a small generator though. I do agree with those who've reported on the small Hondas and Yamahas - they are dead quiet unless under a full load.
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Old 10-06-2014, 09:10 PM   #38
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If you're considering solar, you can always give it a try and use the generator as a backup if it doesn't work. That is, admittedly, a more expensive option.

But our 95W panel manages to add some charge to our battery even on grey rainy days. With the new 160W panels used, and the dual battery option, I'd guess you'd get several days before you started to run low on power. But, it is just a guess.
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Old 10-06-2014, 10:35 PM   #39
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gbaglo - We have several of the 10" O2Cool Rechargeable Fans .. two for Lake Shasta where summer temps of 112 are not unusual and one for our Escape. With our solar, it recharges beautifully and we have it if needed at night (especially to keep mosquitoes away outside). (Believe they're on sale at Camping World).
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Been using this one, might be bigger then you're looking for. Seems a decent trade between size and power. Not real powerful, but it's enough.

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Bob - Have two of those on Shasta as well. If you're running off solar during the day, these are great!
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