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Old 11-11-2011, 09:53 PM   #1
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Appliances - What do you bring?

Following discussions in a few other threads over time, I am curious to see peoples thoughts on the following questions.

What electrical appliances do people bring along?
What do you do alternatively in lieu of not having appliances you might use at home?

Also curious to know, if you do bring larger appliances, where to you store them when not in use?


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Old 11-11-2011, 09:56 PM   #2
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Re: Appliances - What do you bring?

To answer my own questions.

The only electrical appliances that stay in my trailer are a small kettle, and a small cube heater. These are for the times I might be hooked to shore power and can save on propane use, plus the kettle is a bit faster than my outside stove, but not much, and the heater is quieter than the furnace. Neither one weighs very much.

I have brought a laptop a couple times and used the plug I have at the dinette to use it as a computer, TV or DVD player. Alternatively I can use a 300W inverter to use it.

One thing to note is that we do at least 75% of our cooking outside, using a Coleman 2 burner stove, the BBQ, or on a campfire.

In lieu of certain appliances I use at home, I employ the following;
-Toaster - I use the good old Coghlan's Camp Stove Toaster. It works great on the camp stove we bring along. LINK
-Coffee maker - First to be fair, I make coffee a few different ways at home, and none use a coffee maker (See THIS thread for details). All methods can use the stoves.
-Coffee Grinder - I use a Porlex manual one. LINK
-Oven - I bring along a backpacking oven from Outback Oven. I like to make risen crust pizzas, cinnamon buns, and so on. And if lazy will just make up a packaged type cake. LINK
-Microwave - just don't feel I need one, at home it is mostly used for reheating things, and camping we tend to cook an appropriate amount that leaves no leftovers.
-We really don't use a lot of other electric appliances at home that are not replaced by propane ones in the trailer. WE have gotten rid of the electric fry pan, popcorn maker, food processor, quesadila maker, and a few others that saw limited use. My wife's Kitchenaide mixer might be the only exception, and elbow grease is used while camping.

As well, I am very comfortable surviving on multi-day trips into the backcountry using nothing but a single burner stove to sustain me.
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Old 11-12-2011, 09:04 AM   #3
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Re: Appliances - What do you bring?

We bring a Dewalt shop radio/battery charger that we plug in outside. The Dewalt battery pack powers our drill for setting the stabilizers and powers the radio when boondocking. We use an Ipad touch for recorded music and movies on the TV as well as WiFi. The Ipad touch batteries last for a long time between charges if used just for music or movies We bought a small electric frypan and coffee drip. We leave the electric melon baller at home.
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Re: Appliances - What do you bring?

Although I can live without them (well, not the cameras or laptop!), I carry a cube heater, a large Cruisinart toaster oven (in place of a microwave), a 4 cup coffee maker & Grinder, battery chargers for my cameras & laptop, and a Sony iPod Dock. I have 12V power supplies for the battery chargers & iPod Dock as well as my laptop when I'm boondocking. I prefer to grind my coffee as I use it so I also have a 250 watt inverter I use to power the coffee grinder and a Melita filter cone I use when I don't have AC available.

I maintain a fairly active set of web pages that I try to post to every day while traveling so I also have a 12v powered cell phone amp & a WiFi Ranger router that provides a WiFi signal for my iPhone & laptop.

Since I do most of my cooking outdoors on a combined grill/1 burner propane stove I don't need much in the way of kitchen appliances. I do like the toaster oven for a "no prep" meal when I'm too lazy to cook. Although the Cruisinart toaster oven is expensive (and big), it is one of the few toaster ovens I've found that cooks evenly & will take a 12" Pizza or bake a whole chicken, etc.

The smaller "stuff" stores in the overhead cabinets when I'm moving, the toaster oven on the front floor, and the laptop in a case on the bed (rear dinette).

None of this is necessary - I tent camped for many years all over the country, but with the Escape 17B, life is far more comfortable!
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Old 11-12-2011, 01:11 PM   #5
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Re: Appliances - What do you bring?

Jim, making melon balls by had is great exercise, and the resultant is healthy too.

Jon, the idea of a toaster oven for baking and toasting does sound like it could get a fair bit of use. Not something I would want now, but when I retire and use the trailer more, it might be an option. Storing it when not in use would seem to be a challenge though, where do you keep yours?
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Re: Appliances - What do you bring?

Since this toaster oven is larger than many microwaves (it is a Cruisinart TOB 155 - the TOB195 adds convection cooking, but I have one at home & never use the convection feature) I can't fit it in any of the easily accessible storage areas (it would fit in the front passenger under seating area but I already have stuff there) so I just put it on the floor under the front table. When in use, it is either outside on a table or on top of the wardrobe cabinet.

It is a large item, but since I usually travel long trips with a mix of sites with & without hookups, it is handy to have. So far I've baked pies, roasted chicken & beef, and a variety of frozen "quick meals".
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Old 11-13-2011, 07:46 PM   #7
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Re: Appliances - What do you bring?

While talking appliances, a good reason to bring a crock pot ( I'm told, since I haven't listened to it yet ). This from CBC radio.

Sous-vide is all about cooking food sealed in plastic bags in hot water for long periods of time. It was once something only found in pricey restaurants or the homes of foodies willing to shell out big bucks for special equipment. Now do-it-yourselfers have figured out how to rig up simple and inexpensive sous-vide cooking systems by using old appliances. Spark’s guide to the DIY world, Jon Kalish, gives us the lowdown. (Runs 9:14)

Go to:

http://www.cbc.ca/spark/2011/11/spar...er-13-16-2011/

to hear the podcast

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