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Old 03-18-2015, 11:03 PM   #21
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I'll have to look to see how many amps it draws.
... and how long it takes to brew.
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Old 03-19-2015, 10:39 AM   #22
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So, best guess, how many amp-hours does a pot of drip coffee take to brew?
I have a 5 cup coffee pot rated at 600 watts - draws 60 amps for 10 minutes, or about 10 amp hours. A 10 - 12 cup coffee pot probably takes quite a bit more.

I know there are other solutions, and I use some of them when dry camping in cloudy weather, but I do love my drip coffee maker!
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Old 03-19-2015, 03:54 PM   #23
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We have a little 4 cup Cuisinart coffee maker that draws somehwere around 500 Watts I think, We used it lots off of the inverter I wired my self in our 19 ft. I have not used the 1500 watt inverter in our 21 yet , only becasue on the 1 weekend trip so far we had electrical hookups. I am quite happy that on the 21 the outside shower is mounted lower so I won't have to hold the dog up when using it to rinse his feet off.
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Old 03-19-2015, 04:07 PM   #24
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I am quite happy that on the 21 the outside shower is mounted lower so I won't have to hold the dog up when using it to rinse his feet off.
One of the reasons ours has only been used a couple times in 6 years,

You know, if you guys were willing to get rid of those electric coffee pots, and opt for some better coffee, the electrical draw becomes nil. Save a bunch on buying a big ass inverter too.
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Old 03-19-2015, 08:16 PM   #25
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Did anybody get the outside screen that drops down from the awning? I am looking to include it on my option list as I think it will give me an extra 'room' outside even when the bugs are out and about.
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Old 03-19-2015, 08:21 PM   #26
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I have the screen room, but I've only deployed it a couple of times, mostly because where I camp there are not generally a lot of bugs and I carry several cans of Deep Woods OFF!
In this case ( see photo ) we were having problems with wasps. I found that once they were inside the screen room it was much easier to swat them because they couldn't get away.
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Old 03-19-2015, 08:27 PM   #27
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A couple years ago we rented a class B camper and vacationed north of Toronto for two weeks. The mosquitos were terrible so many nights we were cooking outside with nets over our heads. Once the food was ready we had to rush back inside the tiny camper and eat ....so we wouldn't be eaten! I am thinking, for those inevitable mosquito laden evenings, the awning-net will come in handy.
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Old 03-19-2015, 08:40 PM   #28
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Mosquitos can be a really big deal in the Pacific NorthWET. But, if you're looking to move them along (to the neighbors or the next county) and don't want to use chemicals.. turn on a FAN. Truly, mosquitos don't fly when there's a good breeze.

I've gone to the Oregon Gathering for a dozen years, we always hope for a breeze.

Those "pinch" fans hooked to the awning arms or other stationery objects will work fine. Honest.
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Old 03-19-2015, 08:44 PM   #29
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As long as people are commenting on options, what about aluminum wheels? Why would I need them? Or, why would I want them?
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Old 03-19-2015, 08:45 PM   #30
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As long as people are commenting on options, what about aluminum wheels? Why would I need them? Or, why would I want them?
Why not, they will increase your coolness factor tenfold.
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Old 03-19-2015, 08:48 PM   #31
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One of the reasons ours has only been used a couple times in 6 years,

You know, if you guys were willing to get rid of those electric coffee pots, and opt for some better coffee, the electrical draw becomes nil. Save a bunch on buying a big ass inverter too.
I'm a big fan of boiling water on stove top and using a "Clever Dripper" to make my coffee. But, I have to say, there are some drip machines out there that make a very good cup of coffee, and make more than I can make in one pass with the Clever Dripper. I totally understand those that will gobble up valuable amp hours to use their drip machines.
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Old 03-19-2015, 08:51 PM   #32
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As long as people are commenting on options, what about aluminum wheels? Why would I need them? Or, why would I want them?
Particularly the spare........ I forgot to get an extra one.
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Old 03-19-2015, 08:57 PM   #33
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I spent many hours over the years cleaning rust from my white painted wheels on my previous trailer. This may be because of the rough roads we travel on the last leg on the way to our fishing lakes. My hope is that these aluminum wheels will cut the maintenance down a lot.

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Old 03-19-2015, 09:02 PM   #34
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When I was working on my build sheet for Ten Forward, I had to put the brakes on some options. I figured wheels, I could do later. Yes, I've had a trailer with the white spoke steel wheels and know about the maintenance issues. But, alloys aren't maintenance free. Twelve years of ownership of a tug with alloys tells me THAT.

You'll figure out what works for you. I'm betting you'll figure it out.
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Old 03-19-2015, 09:07 PM   #35
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We skipped on stereo wiring also. Technology changes so much and we didn't want holes in cabinets. In our small trailer I figure wireless music through iPod/macbook will be good.

Larry
We thought about cutting out the stereo too, but decided we need it to pull in the weather and news when we are camping/fishing in the mountains of B.C. Pretty well everywhere in the regions we fish you can get a couple of FM stations that will give you the local weather and news. We need the weather information to plan how far afield we want to go and also if a long period of bad weather is moving in we sometimes cut short our trip. Saves me sitting in the truck waiting for the weather. On rare occasions when we want music, my iPhone can bluetooth music to the ETI installed stereo. The antenna on the trailer roof was what kept us from going to a portable FM radio. I thought it would bring in FM stations better.

I had purchased what appeared to be a much cheaper stereo (an Alpine) on Black Friday, intending to get Reace to install it, but after factoring in the custom installation charges it ended up being cheaper to get the standard ETI stereo. It has bluetooth as well.


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Old 03-19-2015, 09:34 PM   #36
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As long as people are commenting on options, what about aluminum wheels? Why would I need them? Or, why would I want them?
no rust.
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Old 03-19-2015, 09:55 PM   #37
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As long as people are commenting on options, what about aluminum wheels? Why would I need them? Or, why would I want them?
You don't need them - no one does. Some reasons I would want them:
  1. appearance (obvious a matter of personal preference)
  2. corrosion resistance (although even alloys often have surface finish issues)
  3. greater strength, particularly for the same weight - handy if you hit potholes and curbs
I now only get alloys when I need extra sets of wheels for our cars (such as for winter tires).
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Old 03-19-2015, 09:56 PM   #38
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no rust.
Just pits.
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C&G in FL - How does a "wash station" differ from an external shower head ?
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Old 03-20-2015, 06:28 AM   #40
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C&G in FL - How does a "wash station" differ from an external shower head ?
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Try reading my post again.

"I opted not for the outdoor shower, but for the outdoor dish washing station (same thing!)."

I believe that which is enclosed within the parentheses explains the "difference" between the two......
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