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Re: Plugging in to a tree

Postby bdosborn » Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:06 am

Yup.

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Re: Plugging in to a tree

Postby parnold » Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:51 pm

I have shore power, but have only used it about 10% of the time. I have a solar panel that I take with me if I will be out for more than a couple days. My shore power, actually charges my battery, and I continue using my 12v lighting. It's also handy for air conditioning or heat, which I have used each of only once.
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Re: Plugging in to a tree

Postby droid_ca » Sun Nov 04, 2012 1:26 pm

biziedizie wrote:I was noticing that there's lots of trailers here with shore power.
Is it really that necessary to have it? The reason I ask is that I go camping all over the place and I've never plugged in to a tree. In fact I've never seen plug ins at any place I've camped even Government campgrounds.
So the question would be could you live without it?

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Re: Plugging in to a tree

Postby parnold » Sun Nov 04, 2012 1:40 pm

biziedizie wrote:I guess with air it must get pretty hot where you camp.
We went camping in the 90's but it was at a river so jumping in really help, and the fishing was great!


I used the a/c in Indiana last year during a heat wave. Usually just the fan in my roof vent is enough to keep me comfortable, but when it was in the upper 90's for days, the a/c was nice.
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Re: Plugging in to a tree

Postby Shadow Catcher » Sun Nov 04, 2012 2:26 pm

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Re: Plugging in to a tree

Postby CliffinGA » Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:00 pm

Steve here in the south in spring and fall when its cool at night we can use our fan off the battery but in summer or when its getting hot and humid here, you won't see us with out an ac and we need power for it.
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Re: Plugging in to a tree

Postby absolutsnwbrdr » Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:08 pm

Shore power is a convenience for me, not a necessity. I plug in when its available, but it isn't one of my prerequisites for a campsite. One advantage to setting up your camper for shore power is resale value, if you think you may one day part with your trailer.

And a setting your trailer up for shore power also lets you charge an on-board battery up easier when you do make it back to civilization.
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Re: Plugging in to a tree

Postby jeff0520 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:27 pm

We mostly camp in Alabama, where it can get absolutly killing hot in the summer. The plan for the Command Post is to have the shore power setup, and to carry a 3400 watt generator to power A/C and the fridge when we are out in the bush. When we shut down the generator to go to bed, we'll turn off the switch to the fridge circuit and just leave the door closed till morning. I am planning on having 3 AGM deep cycle batteries in the tongue box, and an inverter big enough to power up the A/C. I know the batteries wont last long with that kind of load, but I'm hoping once the sun goes down, if the inside is pre-cooled on Generator power, and maintained on the inverter, by the time the battery saver low voltage disconnect shuts down the 110v power, we'll be asleep and wont notice till the morning.
The shore power hookup will also allow us to just plug the camper in when we get home, and it will be charged up and ready to go next time we are. Bonus, it can be a guest bedroom if we need :D
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Re: Plugging in to a tree

Postby slowcowboy » Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:27 pm

I don't have a tree to plug in to in wyoming nor do i have a sage brush.

ask anyone that attend walk the wind 2012 how we all did with no shore power this year?

19 of us attend wyomings first teardrop gathering with no shore power for 3 to 4 days with no problems at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!

most of us did 12 volt and a charge line from the car to the camper's battery.

some did solar as bruce did.

others learned that they could live with out even 12 volt.

I would have to do a poll of walk the wind attendees to really know how most of us managed.

I almost never heard a generator going at all.

so I am sure there was not one really being used.

I did hear cars running to re charge a little bit at dark. but most of us did not leave the cars engine on very long at all.

no one idled a car engine at walk the winds more than 15 or 20 minetes at the most.

I saw one other solar panal besides bruce's I suppected it was the lady from cheyenne and the two gals camping side by side.

when I camp I don't use much juice at all. enough 12 volt to go to bed and most my lights are coleman propane or white gas.

stove is propane and other than that electicty is really not needed when I camp.

here in wyoming we have no place really to plug into shore power it really doesn't exsist.

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Re: Plugging in to a tree

Postby jstrubberg » Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:01 pm

You can forget camping in the midwest betweeon June and September without power.

Well, I guess you can if you want to, but I ain't doing it! I don't get any enjoyment out of sweating tight to the sheets at night.
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Re: Plugging in to a tree

Postby slowcowboy » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:46 pm

I was in eastern nebraska by grand island last week with my dad on a farm bussness trip. I was trying to drive and my eyes would not quite watering it was like 85 degreas out the end of october!!!!!!!!!!!

no thanks. can't take humity or that type of climate at all. it was amazing when I got past north platte how my eyes stopped watering.

never have had that happen before on past machinery trips to eastern nebraksa.

dad said it was from not sleeping the night before and driving all night and half the moring.

I amit a 28 hour run and no sleep for like almost 30 hours doesn't help.

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Re: Plugging in to a tree

Postby bc toys » Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:49 am

We go camping in June- July Aug Sept in Vegas we just go up on higher ground Oct -May we camp in the valley. this way we get to enjoy all year long.
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Re: Plugging in to a tree

Postby Shadow Catcher » Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:28 pm

OR you can put in the wire, with out connecting it yet!
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Re: Plugging in to a tree

Postby GuitarPhotog » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:54 pm

Over half the times I've been camping with the teardrop, I've had hook-ups. The rest of the time I'm good for about 5 days on battery, so it's no problem if I don't find an electric tree.

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Re: Plugging in to a tree

Postby nevadatear » Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:56 pm

In the west hook ups are pretty much limited to private rv parks, which we rarely partake, and the need is all about humidity and heat, from what I read. Temps are cool in the eves here, so we never use power plugged in. However we plan some day to camp in the south and east in the summer, and for weeks at a time, we we have 110 and and inverter for that time. But for now, never plug in, even the few times we stayed at a commercial place.
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