Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Full Timing

We have been looking at down sizing and me retiring early and what we could keep stored and what we could take with. My jeep has been one that I was wondering about and I have come to the conclusion that it is to much weight to drag up and down steep mountains so we are buying a UTV, that is a side by side ATV for those that don't know and a flat bed trailer to haul it on. We can come in at half the weight and as long as I get a trailer with brakes we should be good. Our choice of UTV has been made we are getting a 2006 Yamaha Rhino, it will take care of our off road needs eliminating ware and tear on our tow vehicle. This is what we are getting.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

110 volt power from inverter

Today I added a 110 volt outlet on the kitchen cabinets powered by our 1000 watt inverter from our batteries.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Camp chairs

We started with these two chairs with our pop up trailer.

 We then replaced the blue Coleman chair with another one with the foot rest but they are hard to get out of.

When we got the fifth wheel we started using two padded rockers that we got for use outside at home.

Well the padded rockers are comfy but we miss being able to recline so this week end we picked up 2 Zero Gravity Lounges from Cabela's that were originally a Bass Pro Shop item and at $39.77 ea they were a good deal.

 I will let you know how well they do.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Trailer mods

Well I finally got around to installing our new screen door handle and yes ladies in true man fashion the directions stayed in the container, it was a simple install the handle was from Camco.

I also put the slider out so I could get to the entertainment center and mounted a small Cobra 19 Ultra III cb in there above the tv the antenna cable runs up into the cabinet above to the antenna, I still have to wire power to it and set the SWR but it is closer now.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

120 Volt kitchen appliances run off 12 Volt inverter

We started looking at some of our smaller 120 volt appliances for use in our trailer without having to use the generator or power at a campground. Now we ave a 4 battery bank that has 464 amps of power, but if you want your batteries to last you should not drain them down past 80%  or in our case about 92 amps which is normally 3 days of use for us.

We had a electric skillet but it pulled 1500 watts which is more then our inverter puts out so no luck there and a older crock pot type set up that had teflon lining that only pulled 300 watts it has been stored for years but the teflon looked bad so in the garbage it went. We have a new Mr Coffee Espresso maker that I had high hopes for since it was only 800 watts We tried it and at the start our batteries were at 98% and we brewed 1 cup with it and they dropped to 96% it pulled a whopping 72 amps and yes our batteries would support that but with daily use it would drain our batteries quicker and we would need to recharge sooner than every 3 days so for now it is out.
We also picked up a new mini food processor from Cuisinart that was a cheap deal at Walmart and it worked out great as it only pulled 7-8 amps so it stays in the trailer.
 We plan on trying a small 3 quart instant pot, dehydrator, a small rice cooker steamer from BB&B and a electric skillet if we can find one that pulls 750-800 watts but even that may be to much. I will post more as I try them.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Lighting up the night - what type of light to use.

As you can see from my posts I am a big believer in liquid fuel lanterns manly Coleman's but I do own other brands and I do have a few battery types for quick back up use. In my home our back up light sources are battery lanterns and kerosene lamps most of which are antiques like these.

As far as which types use should use, well that's personal choice and I ran across this great article about this very thing so you may want to read it for someone else's point of view.


Sunday, December 30, 2018

Lighting up the night - Another Coleman post

Well today it was in the low 30's and I was outside trying to bring back to life one
of my Coleman 243A lanterns these are a older lantern and smaller than normal
and blue or blue and black.This one was from june of 1937. Here it is working
but the mantle blew a hole so it will have to be replaced, but it is a working 81
year old lantern try that with a battery or propane powered lantern.