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Old 11-04-2013, 06:21 AM   #11
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We normally use a Melita and thermal carafe setup as well. Not only is the coffee good, but cleanup is easier with a filter. At home, we like our French Press (CoffeeGeek - How to Use a Press Pot) but I don't want to deal with loose grounds while we're out and about.

We opted not to get the radio, nor we will have one I suspect; however, I'm sure the satellite TV and my iPod will be used quite often.
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Old 11-04-2013, 08:59 AM   #12
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We use a 4 cup drip coffee maker and have an inverter I just hook straight to the truck battery and run an extension cord if we are remote. That way it gets charged during the day and no drain on the trailer battery. All we use it for is coffee. For music we use Pandora, TuneIn radio, Itunes radio, or music on our phone and connect the iPhone Bluetooth to a Logitech Bluetooth speaker. Sounds great. Wires are a thing of the past with the advancement in Bluetooth the last few years. Amazon.com: Ultimate Ears MINI BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Speaker/Speakerphone - Black: Computers & Accessories
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:01 PM   #13
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For coffee, a Melita cone filter holder and a thermal carafe. Boil the water on the stove and pour it over the grounds. Mine uses #4 filters and makes four real cups of coffee ( not cups as described by manufacturers ).
See: Real Goods | Shop - Melitta 8 Cup Pour-Over Coffee Brewer with Stainless Steel Carafe
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Ditto for the Melitta recommendation!
You can use any size of filters. We usually use the #4 size for a large mug for each of us.
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:18 PM   #14
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Only problem I have with that one is it's not a thermal carafe. For some reason Melita stopped making them. But, there are others to be found searching the net.
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Old 11-04-2013, 08:49 PM   #15
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You can adapt most pour-through cones to work on lots of different carafes if you want. I have a friend who uses a Thermos. He did some funky little mod to the bottom of the cone, and it works great for him. Probably much better heat retention too.
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Old 11-04-2013, 08:52 PM   #16
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Klean Kanteen makes a wide mouth thermos that works. Also you could get a Hydro Flask which also has a wide opening. Both stainless double wall.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:25 PM   #17
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I've always used a large Lexan french press -- Amazon.com: GSI Outdoors Java Press Coffee Maker: Sports & Outdoors

I have yet to camp anywhere -- from KOAs to boondocking -- where I can't find a thirsty bush that needs fertilizing and watering. A couple of fill-and pour cycles cleans it easily. And it makes excellent coffee.

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Old 11-04-2013, 09:31 PM   #18
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I had the factory build a shelf that bridges the dinette seats under the table. Our XM sits on the shelf and plugs into the 110V or 12V (using an inverter). We clip the antenna to the window covering.

My next project is to get a roof or outside mounted Omni-antenna I can just plug into.

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Old 11-04-2013, 09:36 PM   #19
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What am I missing? I've got a Mr. Coffee that has a permanent position on the countertop. Are you saying, unless you're "hooked up" I can't use it (or a SatRadio)?? Won't the battery(ies) handle a pretty simple coffee machine..... I understand battery drain and why folks go with interior LEDs... but really?
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:30 AM   #20
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Are you saying, unless you're "hooked up" I can't use it (or a SatRadio)?? Won't the battery(ies) handle a pretty simple coffee machine..... I understand battery drain and why folks go with interior LEDs... but really?
I don't have an electric coffee maker handy, but a quick web search found a spec of 900 watts, and a six-minute brew time... that's a big inverter and 90 watt-hours or 7.5 amp-hours (plus inverter losses) per brew. That's a large chunk of a battery's capacity or the entire day's output of 15 peak watts of solar panel for a single pot of coffee; the satellite radio uses very little in comparison.

This can certainly be done on battery power, but to save putting a kettle on the stove and pouring the water into the coffee filter... really?

You can also use the Coleman stovetop or standalone propane drip filter machine (or equivalent). That just seems like a big appliance for little benefit to me, but if a drip machine is important, it would probably work well.
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