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Old 02-22-2006, 05:41 PM   #15
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I have used a CPAP for the last 11.5 years. I spent all of 2004 and half of 2005 traveling over 80,000 miles all over the country with missionary work. My original CPAP machine finally quit after 10 years of use at just about the same time I started the 1.5 traveling mission. So I ordered a new CPAP from (right now selling for $296 - hard to believe considering that I paid $1300 for my first CPAP back in 1993.

I got the Puritan Bennett GoodKnight 420G unit. It is about the same of two video cassettes stacked on top of each other and weighs 1.5 pounds. It has a 12 volt DC plug right on the back of the unit. It draws 1.5 amps DC. So sleeping for 8 hours would draw about 12 amps of power from the battery. I believe the 12 volt DC cord is about $25 extra. They even sell a specific battery pack that powers the machine for 7 hours--but it cost $249; almost as much as the machine itself. They advertise this unit as perfect for travel by car, boat, or RV.

I put my CPAP in the side cabinet over the rear dinette (which we leave into a bed all the time) and run the 12 volt cord thru the cabinet over to the corner with the 12 volt plug. At night, I open the cabinet door, turn on the machine and drop the hose and mask down to where I am sleeping.

Hope this helps.
Doug Hounshell
Kanab, Utah

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Old 02-22-2006, 08:16 PM   #16
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Thanks for the info, Doug, but she already has purchased her machine. I'll just have to live with a Group 27 battery and inverter................and then charge with generator during the daytime. That'll keep us going indefinately, I think.

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Old 02-23-2006, 12:09 PM   #17
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Thanks, I think that will help. I have looked at those CPAP machines and I also think they would work great.

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Old 03-01-2006, 10:55 AM   #18
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Hi, just came out of Big Bend NP in Tx and was on 12 volt and a 15 watt solar for three nites and th CPAP wprked great (didnt use the humidifier). Left this am with a 60% charge left on the deep cycle batt. Alistair
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Old 03-05-2006, 10:43 AM   #19
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I'm supposed to use a CPAP. I wanted to stay alert if we were driving route 66 2 yeasrs ago. I tried it the first trip out in the Oxygen. The water condensation ran down the walls, and soaked the edge of the bedding. I haven't used it since in O2 or much even at home. I now use a night guard that shifts my jaw enough that i don't usually snore.It packs way easier and any ,isture problems are the tt 's own.
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Elsie and I both use machines (without the warmers) at night. We are still searching out the lower priced but best RV camps and parks for overnight and weekend camping. Just a note here: the very lowest has been 7 Feathers Casino in Canyonville, at $14 and 16 and is very nice and convenient, since they have shuttle available every few minutes to casino door for good food, beverage, or to play a bit. They are building a new 200 unit park at present.
We would like to get off grid to some favorite fishing this summer and I hope to go with 2 batteries and solar. (if the sun and summer ever arrive!) I have worked out a plan with cost under $1k but hate to invest now when solar and battery is advancing so rapidly in better, cheaper, simpler technology.
We have used the smallest solar panel once, in central OR for 3 nights successfully for 1 machine, so it can work, but that was bright sunny days!

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