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Old 04-29-2016, 08:32 PM   #21
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FWIW, we did not get an inverter, but we did get extra 12v outlets. We have a 12v fan (Endless Breeze, made by Fan-Tastic Fan Corp), and we heat water on the (propane) stove for coffee. (We use a Melitta cone and Thermos.) When boondocking (in the Mtns of New Mexico or Colorado, mostly), we just know we cannot use the microwave. Hey, we're camping, after all.
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Old 04-29-2016, 10:36 PM   #22
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When boondocking (in the Mtns of New Mexico or Colorado, mostly), we just know we cannot use the microwave. Hey, we're camping, after all.
Umm, why not? We do. It's not an all or nothing situation. It's a matter of using the microwave sparingly sometimes but usually we have enough battery power to heat a bowl or soup etc.

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Old 04-30-2016, 12:15 AM   #23
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Umm, why not? We do. It's not an all or nothing situation. It's a matter of using the microwave sparingly sometimes but usually we have enough battery power to heat a bowl or soup etc.

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Umm, because we didn't get the inverter, and because using the microwave isn't that important to us. Our solar panel is just 3.1 amps, and we got the group 29 battery. YMMV, obviously. I was just reporting our situation, not saying it was for everyone.
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We bought this toast maker. Haven't used it yet but plan to next week when we are out http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/camp-sto...pBYaAqA58P8HAQ
I keep a piece of tin foil (folded a few layers thick) with our stovetop toaster. I lay it flat across the top of the bread slices. It helps hold the heat in and seems to speed up the toasting.
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Old 04-30-2016, 01:33 AM   #25
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Umm, because we didn't get the inverter, and because using the microwave isn't that important to us. Our solar panel is just 3.1 amps, and we got the group 29 battery. YMMV, obviously. I was just reporting our situation, not saying it was for everyone.
Ah, no inverter, well that would make using the microwave more difficult and the one group 29 would be slightly iffy. The only time I put my battery switch to "all" is using the microwave because with only one it can set off the low voltage alarm.
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I have a 1000 watt inverter, the 6V, 232 amp hour battery option & 195 watts of solar on the roof with a 160 watt portable panel when necessary (usually in the winter with the low angle sun & short days). No microwave.

While I do make a pot of coffee each morning (600 watts & about 6 amp hours) sometimes use a 2 slice toaster for an English muffin (900 watts and 8-10 amp hours) I do sometimes wish I had a microwave. One of my quick meals is a couple of frozen burritos.

My toaster oven draws too much (17 amps starting current) to use it as an oven on the inverter. My solution when dry camping is to get out my Volcano propane powered grill, combined with a 12" Dutch oven. While it works, it is a lot of work and time for something that would take a 2-3 minute run of a microwave.
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I have a 1000 watt inverter, the 6V, 232 amp hour battery option & 195 watts of solar on the roof with a 160 watt portable panel when necessary (usually in the winter with the low angle sun & short days). No microwave.

While I do make a pot of coffee each morning (600 watts & about 6 amp hours) sometimes use a 2 slice toaster for an English muffin (900 watts and 8-10 amp hours) I do sometimes wish I had a microwave. One of my quick meals is a couple of frozen burritos.

My toaster oven draws too much (17 amps starting current) to use it as an oven on the inverter. My solution when dry camping is to get out my Volcano propane powered grill, combined with a 12" Dutch oven. While it works, it is a lot of work and time for something that would take a 2-3 minute run of a microwave.
Jon, how do you connect the portable panel to the system? Is there a junction box where the roof solar and portable solar meet up? What kind of connection do you have on the exterior of the coach? I'm planning on adding a portable panel but have no idea how to connect everything. Thanks.
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While it works, it is a lot of work and time for something that would take a 2-3 minute run of a microwave.

Although I agree I also think, what is the rush, the whole purpose of camping is to slow down and smell the roses.
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While it works, it is a lot of work and time for something that would take a 2-3 minute run of a microwave.

Although I agree I also think, what is the rush, the whole purpose of camping is to slow down and smell the roses.
Hi: cpaharley2008... I'd rather smell bacon cooking over a morning after the night before's fire!!! Alf
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Hi: cpaharley2008... I'd rather smell bacon cooking over a morning after the night before's fire!!! Alf
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I wondered what had caused all those greasy splatters all over the rocks in that campsite we had recently. I must have gotten the site after you had been there.
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