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Old 12-02-2009, 09:23 PM   #1
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Hi all, just read all the past posts about cpaps and wondered if any one used oxygen with the Cpap while camping????? This is all new to me and I don't want to stop going out there just be cause I have to drag around some equipment. My husband says we have the battery power for the cpap with out the humidifier but DR wants me on a bit of oxygen with the at 4,000 ft or above. We do camp at the higher altitudes soooooooooo just wondering if anyone has a suggestion. So does anyone use an oxygen concentrator with their Cpap while camping.
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Old 12-02-2009, 10:04 PM   #2
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I know there are a few people here who use these machines. Hopefully they will chime in.
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Old 12-02-2009, 10:34 PM   #3
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My wife and I both use CPAP machines and get by with the Casita battery and a backup power supply as indicated in other topic strings. Neither of us use oxygen but have had some experience with it through relatives. My mother had a machine but also ad a portable canister that did not require power. I think the canisters come in different capacities. I am thinking you could bring along one or two canisters and do without the machine. As I recall I had a mask at some point that had a port for the oxygen line although my current mask does not.

How this helps or spurs other discussion that will give you some alternatives.

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Old 12-03-2009, 12:22 AM   #4
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I have been on a CPAP for over 20yrs. I do not use oxygen. I do have an altitude compensating CPAP and have gone up to 9300ft+. My two AGM 220Ah batteries easily handle my CPAP and the humidifier all night via an inverter.
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:10 AM   #5
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Hi all, just read all the past posts about cpaps and wondered if any one used oxygen with the Cpap while camping????? This is all new to me and I don't want to stop going out there just be cause I have to drag around some equipment. My husband says we have the battery power for the cpap with out the humidifier but DR wants me on a bit of oxygen with the at 4,000 ft or above. We do camp at the higher altitudes soooooooooo just wondering if anyone has a suggestion. So does anyone use an oxygen concentrator with their Cpap while camping.
On both our previous Airstream (2 small WM deep cycle batteries) and our current U-Haul 13' (1 large WM deep cycle) I've used my cpap without the battery even noticing it. This fall we had 2 nights with my wife using her heating pad (bad back) and my cpap on battery. That and the furnace fan used about 1/2 of the two small batteries in the Airstream. Check what the O2 concentrator uses in terms of current draw. Add it to the cpap (which is almost nothing) times the hours of use and you should have a good idea of how long the battery will last with a safety factor.
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:07 PM   #6
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Thanks to all. I have taken the O2 canister with the demand nossel and believe that it is supposed to last 4 hours. Better than nothing and at least would have the constant (Cpap) flow of air with some O2. Thanks again and will give it a try next time we go out in our Casita. We'll be at Quartzsite in February and I probably won't need much O2 at that altitude. The test will be if we do the "Little Plastic Trailers" in March near Holbrook.
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Old 12-03-2009, 07:08 PM   #7
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I'm a Respiratory Therapist and have dealt with CPAP devices with Oxygen added. I recommend you speak to your home care vendor. They usually can give you several options for how to be able to follow you physician's directions but minimize impact to you lifestyle. There are lots of options besides the oxygen concentrator when traveling. It all depends on how much oxygen is required and other factors in your health care. Good luck, I am sure they can help you.
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Old 12-04-2009, 08:21 AM   #8
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I use my CPAP on batteries all the time without humidifier turn on never had a problem, my 2 120 ah batteries last 3 nights before recharge the only concern I would have with is using oxygen in a confined space with a pilot light on the stove or your furnace although oxygen is not flammable it does support burning and can be dangerous.
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