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Old 11-03-2013, 03:09 PM   #1
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coffee and sat radio

I have a 21 on order. Does anybody have any advice on using a drip coffee maker and how to run it? I see there are a few 12 volt units out. Also I listen to xm sat radio a lot. I use a boombox and power station now when camping, it works great, anybody have one hooked into their trailer?
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Old 11-03-2013, 03:18 PM   #2
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I read that the 12 volt units are terminally slow. I got the solar and 6 volt batteries just so I could have my coffee in the morning!
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Old 11-03-2013, 03:44 PM   #3
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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: http://realgoods.com/shop/melitta-8-...ProdSKU=R19145

I have Sirius satellite radio that fits into a holder in the car, plugs into 12V and delivers sound through the car radio. In the trailer, it fits into a Sirius Executive dock. I've had it several years and suspect mine has be discontinued and new ones offered. I can move the dock outside ( using 12V extension cords ) or place it next to my pillow if I want to fall asleep to "The Shadow".
I have TV, DVD player and iPods, but they rarely are used. Too easy to just tune in the Sirius XM.
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Old 11-03-2013, 04:27 PM   #4
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While a 12V heater (in any appliance, such as a coffee maker) can be as powerful as desired, in practice they do tend to be very small, so that the appliance can run on an outlet limited to 10 amps or so.

I agree that the practical solution is to boil the water on the propane stove, then use any one of the many kinds of coffee maker into which you pour hot water.

An interesting alternative is an "Italian" style coffee maker, such as the classic Bialetti Moka. These go directly on the stove. While sometimes referred to as espresso pots, the amount of water can be adjusted to make a more typical coffee strength. Bialettis are not the cheapest - more economical alternatives are readily available.
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Old 11-03-2013, 05:07 PM   #5
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Get yourself a stove top percolator, makes great coffee. As far as satellite radio, I have internet radio on my iPhone and use blue tooth to broadcast to an Oontz blue tooth speaker- everything runs off 12v
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Old 11-03-2013, 06:04 PM   #6
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Our coffee brewing process is the same as used by Glenn. It produces a great tasting cup.
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Old 11-03-2013, 06:34 PM   #7
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BTW. Using the cone filter, you wet the grounds and then allow the boiled water to cool for a minute or two before beginning the brew pour. You don't want to pour boiling water on the grounds.
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Old 11-03-2013, 07:06 PM   #8
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Lots of great ways to make coffee without the need for electricity. Put simply all you need is hot water to extract the coffee out of the ground beans. Easy to make hot water without electricity, and lots of great brewing methods.

Here is a thread with lots of discussion about coffee.
Fix'in Coffee...Yummmmmm
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While there are many ways to make coffee without 120v AC and I have used many of them, I still prefer my 5 cup drip coffee pot, enough that I installed a 1000 watt inverter just to run it. I believe an inverter is now an option available from Escape. Well worth it since adding one requires rewiring the connections between it and the batteries. You will find many other handy uses of the inverter once you have it.

As to XM radio, I have a receiver I added to the tow vehicle. I purchased an extra antenna, and move it to the trailer the few times I can't get a cell connection for my iPhone. I use a Sony radio with a iPhone and aux input that works well with the XM tuner.
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We have a stove top percolator and a sirius satellite radio. Both are perfect for our little 5.0. If we don't have power for the radio we sometimes actually have to talk to each other ....... :-)
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