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Old 07-30-2016, 02:15 PM   #15
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Coffee in an old fashioned percolator on the gas stove (inside or outside as conditions dictate) is a great solution. RV dealerships sell toasters that sit on the campfire or gas stove. We have used both for years and they work very well.
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Old 07-30-2016, 03:06 PM   #16
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Only my Endlesss Breeze fan and my Engel fridge, both very worthwhile. We make coffee with a small Melitta, or an old Revere percolator. I like propane for any heating tasks. YMMV and all that; but propane does its job very well compared to batteries.
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Old 07-30-2016, 03:12 PM   #17
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Thanks for the honest replies. And good suggestions. So maybe the answer is to use the regular appliances when on shore power and refrigerate the leftovers for boon docking. Or maybe save a 12 volt for when I have a long drive ahead of me.

What about a 12 volt electric blanket or bunk warmer? For those nights when it turns chilly? 12 volt fans?
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Old 07-30-2016, 03:27 PM   #18
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For a warm bed, check out the ElectroWarmth 12v mattress pad. Heat rises, so a heat source under you is more efficient than a heat source above you. Our family had these pads on most of the bed mattresses in our home when I was growing up. I have one now for the trailer, but to tell the truth it's still in the package; I've been plenty warm in bed even when it's down to 40 degrees, thanks to 2" of memory foam under me and 3 layers of acrylic blanket overtop.

When it's hot in the trailer, a Fantastic Fan or Maxx Fan built into the vent will move large amounts of air even at low speed. The fan set to draw air out through the vent causes outside air to flow in through the windows. With a window or two (or another vent) opened above the bed, you get a soothing, constant breeze while you sleep.

Both of these items are fairly low amp draw and are well worth having.
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Old 07-30-2016, 03:36 PM   #19
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For 12V fans there's the excellent Endless Breeze, and then there's O2 Cool and other battery/12v fans. Wife makes do with the HotHands-type chemical heat packs in lieu of an electric blanket. Making heat with 12V is not usually practical, unfortunately, though some here will give you a better report on 12V electric blankets.
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Old 07-30-2016, 06:03 PM   #20
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...I'm somewhat nervous about open flames in such a small space...
I'm not judging. Different things worry different people despite how unlikely a problem. However, thousands, if not millions of people have cooked over open flame for years. Still, taking precautions such as not having window curtains where they can blow over the stove, or perhaps not wearing your formal elbow-length white gloves while cooking are reasonable precautions.

If one thought they were accident prone I suppose that would be reason to avoid an open flame. But accident prone people probably shouldn't be towing a trailer either.

Many people claim to never have cooked inside their trailer. Perhaps an option for you too. Are you less nervous about a camping stove on the end of the picnic table?

Or stick to sandwiches and cold pizza slices (I've heard it's great for breakfast ) and iced coffee or iced tea.

The long range planning to queue up a crock pot meal for a time much later just doesn't fit my sense of camping so they're not for me.

I was nervous the first time I towed the trailer out of the driveway (the trailer was delivered to me). I hardly had a second thought the second time. In broader terms, it's surprising what you can get used to.

I'm firmly in the camp (pun intended) that feels that 12v cooking appliances are largely useless. But still, good luck in your search.
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Old 07-30-2016, 06:07 PM   #21
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12V, 120V or propane; they all produce heat, which is what you want. It's just that some are more efficient than others.
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Instead of a microwave, a lot of things can be re-heated in a pot with a cover, with some oil or butter, on a very low flame.
I use small amount of water instead of oil or butter, it's much more healthy, no saturated fats from the heated oil.
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I use small amount of water instead of oil or butter, it's much more healthy, no saturated fats from the heated oil.
My wife and I are in the other camp. We think saturated fats are the most healthy kind, and some fat is necessary for the body to thrive. Butter, lard, and coconut oil are regular parts of our diet. I've heard that heart disease was relatively uncommon until the 1920s, when people started eating Crisco (which was originally for candle making, but as electricity became common the mfr had to reinvent their product).
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Recent studies say butter is good for you.
Bonus. It tastes good and makes cooked foods taste good.
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Just be sensible and don't turn the flame up to a blazing high. Remember you are in control of the knob and you are not an idiot so you won't get into trouble with it.

Advice to a newbie...this is an example of over thinking situations before you try them. Just go with the flow and see how you like it before you go out and spend money on appliances you might not need.

I vote for simple foods that don't need much cooking time except Bar-B-Q, that I will take the time for and you are not going to be cooking it indoors
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Recent studies say butter is good for you.
Bonus. It tastes good and makes cooked foods taste good.
How right you are!
The so-called nutritional science is another one of those rife with fraud, deception and fear mongering. Why should we be afraid of things that we ate for millennia and that allowed us to become a successful species? Variety and moderation is my rule.
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Recent studies say butter is good for you.
Bonus. It tastes good and makes cooked foods taste good.
The result of any study or research depends on who pays for that study/research
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The result of any study or research depends on who pays for that study/research
Which raises the question, 'who paid for the study that said butter was bad'?
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