First trip off-grid

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  1. Jeannette van den Oever

    Jeannette van den Oever Read Only Funster

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    Currently planning our first trip, which will be to Somerset at Easter.
    There's nothing like a hefty, mortgage type, monthly deduction for your new MH on the horizon to focus the mind when choosing where to stay, is there? :)
    I fancy spending some time around cheddar first and so can either drop £36/night with EHU at the CC site, or can get a couple of freebie stops (plus a pint) without.
    Since we're only travelling down to arrive at around 10pm (patrons willing) ideally, we'd only need to 'cope' for around 38 hours off-grid, (before moving to a site with facilities) almost half of which we'll be asleep, plus play-time in the village.
    We have alde heating, so I guess we won't use much electricity at night, right? No microwave either! :D
    I'm fairly certain this will be fine - the van won't have any solar power initially, but will come with 2 x 95ah batteries. Husband's muttering about needing the phones/laptop charging and that we'll run out of juice, but like I said we'll either be unconscious, or out, in my view, so it'll be OK.
    I guess this will let us know how power hungry we really are as a family.
     
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    It's the laptop that'll eat your battery
    I found them to be very power hungry & switched to a tablet
     
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    If you do need a site straight across from the cc cite@ cheddar there is a cl.but not stayed on it(y)
     
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    Totally understand where you're coming from! We were so nervous about our first trip away (last September) as we had always been on EHU with our caravan....this was a whole new ball game! We went to Pembrey on a Fun meet so we had help if it all went wrong. Two nights with no EHU...how would we cope? And with only one battery! Ron was totally fixated on checking the battery levels every time we touched a light switch. Only the consumption of a large quantity of alcohol helped him relax! Well, we survived, but have just had a solar panel and extra battery fitted (thanks @eddievanbitz! (y)) so can't wait til Easter when we rejoin our Fun Family at Chester! Only worry I have is not having a hairdryer as my hair is longer now than it has been in years. Am still looking for solutions to that one. Anyhow, I hope you have an absolutely amazing time in your new baby, I'm sure you'll love it as much SW we do. Hope our paths cross sometime! :D
     
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    Phone ( and anything else) plugged into cigarette lighter charger whilst travelling, arrive with fully charged phones etc.
    Simples.
     
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    Scissors?
     
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    It has been suggested! He reckons that's cheaper than an inverter!
     
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    Get a cigarette lighter inverter and use a slow cooker to prepare dinner while you're driving to your destination.... The wonderful cooking aromas as you're driving along will make the journey all the better too
     
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    Yes - the laptop! Max power of 600w = just under 2 hours on the battery, I think. HWMBO isn't going to have much time to use it, if he's honest, he's just trying to make me cross.
    Must have missed the cl site, Masman - I'll have another look on uk campsite! :doh:
    Haha Gerri, one of the reasons I KEEP my hair long is that I don't need to style it with tongs or a hairdryer. It does annoy me when I go running though - I threaten to use scissors then. :D
     
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    He's trying not to frighten you. What he know is if he lets you loose on this insane scheme you will surely die.

    You're doomed I tell yea, doomed.
     
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    Gerri - check out the Babyliss gas powered range of hair must haves (Braun used to make them and I've had a succession of their heated brushes and tongs for 20? or more years)

    Your hair does need to be only damp to begin with, if I'm in a hurry we can turn the (gas) heating on and I'll stick my head next to a vent. If it's too warm out for the heating, 5 minutes in the fresh air sorts the drying out enough as long as you keep lifting it off your head by running your fingers through it in all directions.

    You can then use either your gas heated brush or straighteners (or both LOL) to finish styling.

    Just make sure you stock up on cartridges before you step off the White Cliffs though!
     
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    Interesting idea, Robert. I do like the sound of our dinner cooking en route. However, does that mean the cooker has to sit in the passenger footwell? Not sure I fancy the 'fires of Mount Doom' being thrown in my lap by some heavy-footed breaking!
    Told you I know nothing about this MH malarkey.
     
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    I know. What bloke wouldn't want their wife to save some money?
    Normally he suffers from this affliction whereby it's perfectly OK to spend thousands, but not a tenner. :ROFLMAO:
     
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    The slow cooker sits in our sink with a damp cloth on the lid. It connects to the inverter with a standard extension lead - simples!
     
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    For phones etc you can get those portable charger packs which you charge up before leaving home. Personally, I think sometimes it's s good thing to be disconnected from the world...
     
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    The old saying...... Penny wise, pound foolish.

    I have a relative, thinks a fish pond fountain is too expensive to run yet he runs a plane.
     
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    Blimey what's size is your laptop sounds like it has a 50" screen.:)

    I think you mean 60 watts, (5amps) if you get a 12v car power supply for it that is more efficient than running it via an inverter. My netbook is 40watts takes 3.5 amps for a couple of hours to charge then will run off its battery for 5 hours plus.

    With your batteries you should last 3-4 days easy, or longer depending on your power usage.
     
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    Embarrassingly it IS 600w (quad core, dual graphics card something or other) :rolleyes: - you'd think it would make a cup of tea as well, wouldn't you? Told him he's only allowed to use it at EHU sites!

    Found the CL site, namwaldog thanks!
     
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    I would invest in solar as soon as possible. We have 200W of solar and 2x 110ah leisure batteries and we've been off grid through the winter for a week at a time without any issues.
     
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