Hair dryer?

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  1. Mousy

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    How do i use my hair dryer when not on hook up?

    Our MH has a solar panel (80w?) And 1 battery under passenger seat. Should I get a suitcase genni? Or another battery?

    I can't believe its so difficult to use a hairdryer! What do other girls do?

    I'm finding it really hard to find sites that are open in north wales end of nov, for our first trip, so I'm happy to try non ehu sites. I'm even happy to sit in the dark under a blanket with a headtorch on whilst reading my kindle, but I need to dry my hair in the morning:shout:
     
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    I have a small 12 volt one, but it isn't very powerful. I await the replies to your post with interest.:thumb: (The small ones only cost about £5 at the shows).
     
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    my long hair it is next door to useless however. Now I just wash and go and hope the sun dries it.[/QUOTE]

    I have shortish fine hair that needs washing everyday or else people recoil in horror and cross the road, very rarely if not going anywhere and gardening etc I don't wash and dry it, my delightful daughter calls this my 'care in the community look':Rofl1:
     
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    lower wattage drier, a second battery and an inverter.

    500watt drier will use around 40 amps per hour using an inverter but if you restrict drying to say 15 minutes thats only 10 amps out of your battery.
    on a sunny day the solar panel should easily top up the battery over a full day.

    as said....12v driers are a waste of time, just like 12v kettles etc and will never get hot enough to dry hair.
     
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    thats not nice Brian....you must remember the days long ago when you could have used one :Laughing:
     
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    I had a similar problem; Carole needs her hair dryer.
    Solution costs under £50.00, fitted myself.

    1500 W inverter (not pure sine wave, not required)
    1200 Watt dryer

    problem solved. However, I think you may need a little more battery power if the dryer is to be used for approx. 15 mins. Carole actually gets away with half power and half fan speed so no real effort for the electrics. Believe or not one of the hardest things to do with the inverter is fitting the heavy duty cabling. Sounds expensive for a hair dryer but I'm hoping that it will eventually pay for itself when not on EHU.
     
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    just had another daft idea....

    end of november you will have the blown air heating running.

    get on your hands and knees and stick yer barnet in front of an air duct. :Rofl1:
     
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    Thanks papa john. I think I'll go into the dealers tomorrow. We pick up the van next sat. So they can fit it this week.

    I'll only need it for a few minutes so that's why I was wondering about those little suitcase gennies that I could plug it straight into.
     
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    The age old problem.. Women and hairdryers.. :Doh::Doh:

    On a serious note, As small a wattage mains hairdryer that you can get, usually a travel type.
    I think my wife's is 800w.. And an Inverter that is big enough to run it, connected to the battery NOT via a cigarette lighter socket .....

    Investment in another battery is a wise move, at least then you will be storing extra power..

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DESIGN-GO...air_Care_Brushes_Combs_PP&hash=item35a97f1390
     
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    It's got to be the most asked, most futile question on FUN.

    You give her the numbers, my fingers won't do it any more.
     
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    little generator is ok but means more weight to drag around, and possibly get stolen from outside the van, and fuel to carry.

    if the generator was used to power the van a lot, then yes...otherwise an expensive power source.
     
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    O/h has fitted a 1800 watt inverter and I use my 500 watt hair dryer which is just as efficient as the hair dryer in the house .. The dryer is a well know make but forgotten the name at the mo:Doh: but can check tomorrow if you like :thumb:

    I did see originally Sian ....Jim's better half using it and did source it in boots the chemist
    Or you can use a gennie with a low wattage too


    Hope this helps

    Kath x
     
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    Why bother reading a thread with a title Hair dryer then if it bores you so much?

    It may be futile to you, you don't have hair, so I don't expect you to understand.

    So sorry to bore you..
     
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    We never have hook up and don't have a generator.
    Well we do but we never use it. Or even take it out with us anymore.
    I don't know what Ralph does , he switches something on. Then I can use my powerful hair dryer and GHD'S from home .
    Electrickery magic :thumb: can't beat it.
    Ps I can ask him how he does it if you want but you'd be better talking to him than me. I just expect everything to work when I switch it on:Blush:
     
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    You Prat !!

    You can't patent it now but that has to be the best idea you've ever had. A nice piece of flexible pipe stuffed into one of the air outlets.

    Pure genius.
     
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    That does sound like magic and just what I need, please could you ask him how he does it?

    Thanks to all for the helpful replies.:thumb:
     
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    My hair is short-ish too - I have to confess that I either don't bother ( it is sort of 'camping' after all :RollEyes: ) or I let it dry as is (all flat & frumpy) and use one of those little travel gas styling brushes to give it some bounce and shape afterwards :thumb:
     
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    Not the old Hair Drying in the Van Conundrum again!!

    Seriously Mousy, if you find a solution please let us girls know. Hilldweller is right, the question has been asked many times, but THAT DOESN'T MEAN IT SHOULDN'T BE ASKED AGAIN!

    Whoever comes up with a simple solution to this problem will make a fortune!

    I have a rechargeable pair of straighteners (with two batteries) and a pair of gas heated curling tongs, between the two I manage a bit of styling when off hook up, but not the same as having a hair drier.

    As for the 'hang your head over the blow air outlet' forget it, ours are about 2cm off the floor, it ain't happnin! Mind you with shoulder length hair. I could sweep the floor at the same time.
     
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