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Old 12-14-2018, 09:51 AM   #1
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12-volt coffee maker and LOUD fan suggestions

We are newbies and hope this is where we post questions. DH and I would like to try boondocking but would need a 12-volt coffee maker and a 12-volt fan. I will admit I am hooked on sleeping with a fan, not necessarily for the breeze--although it is good to have it blowing on my feet--but mostly for the noise. We would also like to have a 12-volt coffee maker that makes more than one or two cups. (I thought about getting a percolator for the stove or campfire. Do these work?) Does anyone have any suggestions for a LOUD 12-volt fan and coffee maker? Thank you in advance. Safe travels and happy camping!! Tony & Monica's Plan B, Michigan.

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Old 12-14-2018, 10:02 AM   #2
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They do make small oscillating 12 volt fans, I have one that i have not used in years. as for 12 volt coffee makers they use a LOT of juice, like 15 amps so will not plug into a regular cigarette lighter. Suggest a stove top peculator or Coleman makes a drip coffee maker that sits on the stove, have not tried it but looks like it should work.

If you read this forum much you'll see most serious boondockers have an inverter and multiple batteries for this reason, and solar and/or generator to recharge.

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Old 12-14-2018, 10:05 AM   #3
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Turn on the bathroom exhaust fan The stock fans are pretty loud.

Skip the 12v coffee maker and get a coffee press or peculator. We keep a large coffee press in the trailer for when we boondock. It will make 2 large mugs of coffee at a time.
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Old 12-14-2018, 10:11 AM   #4
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You can get a stove top percolator in the camping isle of most big box stores.
We've had one for at least 20 years.
They work fine.
IF you use a paper filter in them you simply poke the perk tube up thru the filter and add coffee as normal.
One caution turn down the burner when it starts to perk so you don't boil it over.
Ours typically take about 5 min to start perking and we usually let it go another 10.
A plus is the burner will help take the chill off on a cold camping morning and
it won't use any battery juice!

I have a 12v oscillating fan I got at least 20 years ago when we boat/tent camped.
They still make them. Under $20.
Just google 12v oscillating fan.

Here's one example-
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Old 12-14-2018, 10:15 AM   #5
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Chech nautical suppliers (West Marine, etc) for 12 volt fans. They are common in boat cabins and are not usually power hogs.
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Old 12-14-2018, 01:44 PM   #6
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White Noise Generator

QUOTE: "I will admit I am hooked on sleeping with a fan, not necessarily for the breeze--although it is good to have it blowing on my feet--but mostly for the noise."

The noise you hear that helps you sleep is "White Noise" in the scientific vernacular.

There are electronic white noise audio generators available that use much less power than the typical fan.

Search Amazon or on-line with a Google search to find one.
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Old 12-14-2018, 01:59 PM   #7
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Off the grid coffee!

We use a french press when off the grid. Makes 1 liter of good coffee, just right for 2 cups each.
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Old 12-14-2018, 02:12 PM   #8
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Doesn't take allot of LP gas to run a percolator on the stove top and percolator can be taken outside by the fire for that real cowboy pot of coffee. Love the smell and sound of a percolator. Boil your water and use a French press also. If you haven't ever done a French press, find someone that has one and try it at least once. Fresh Grind in a French Press is another experience.
A lot of the Forrest River rigs and others come with 12V, Noisy fans... they are 2 speed fixed... probably $40 if you didn't get one with your rig. There are some 12V oscillating fans that are decent with more clip on and mounting options that the RV fans they keep pushing out with rigs. The bathroom vent fans will pull fresh air through the camper but really don't give a direct breeze on you if you like that.
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Old 12-14-2018, 02:31 PM   #9
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I use battery operated fans and love them.
I have a Coleman drip coffee maker for the top of the stove. It makes good coffee but takes lots of heat and is slow. I prefer on the stove top percolator. Mine makes about 4 to 5 cups.
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Old 12-14-2018, 02:50 PM   #10
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I'm the only one who drinks coffee in our trailer, and when we're dry camping I use the Presto MyJo single cup coffee maker. Insert a K-cup and pour in boiling water. Then use the plunger to force the water through the K-cup into your cup or mug and you have coffee that's as good as any Keurig. A little more work than an automatic coffee maker, but it's cheap (about $12) and takes up very little space.


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