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Re: Another battery question ...

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Posted by LesWV on September 01, 2009 at 10:19:00 from (

In Reply to: Another battery question ... posted by Cindi on August 31, 2009 at 05:32:10:

You will need a serious deep cycle battery to operate everything you listed for a weekend. And I am not talking about a Wally World trolling battery either.

The type that you will need will be heavy to lug around and expensive.

I have a 1020 CCA Deka battery in the Jeep Cherokee that we use for trail riding. The 10 cup 12 volt coffee maker I have can drain the battery by making just two pots if the engine is not started to keep the battery charged. That and it takes upwards to 45 minutes to an hour to make a pot of coffee that is not fit to drink no matter what brand is used or how it is made.

If we are going to be out for a week or so. I now carry a quart jar and have a lid with pin holes poked in it 180 degrees from each other near the rim. Heat the water and pour it in the jar, attach the lid and lay it on its side over an old coffee pots basket so that the water can drain slowly over the coffee filter. Much faster and taste much better.

If I had to drag a TV along on a camping trip. I would just sit a tent in the back yard and run an extension cord to it. If I were that hooked on TV. I would just stay home and save myself the hassle of toting everything into the woods..

The only thing I carry when camping or canoeing alone for an extended stay is an XM satellite radio. I plug a head set directly to the outlet and use a smaller Power wheels toy 12 volt 5 amp hour battery to power it. The battery will power the XM for three or four days using it 4 to 5 hours a day.


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