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Old 10-17-2016, 05:51 AM   #1
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Oops - I thought I booked us a hook-up site

But, it's a "standard" site, which is boondocking. We will be camping at San Elijo State Beach campground for a few days. I just checked the site map. Oh boy! Well, the propane is ready, and I will fill the gas tank so we can run the generator for the slide, coffee maker, toaster and blow dryer, so we should survive! I guess now I will definitely be draining the water tank and adding new fresh water. Darn.


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Old 10-17-2016, 06:26 AM   #2
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as someone who's dry camped in California State Parks for 20 years, i'm used to not having hookups.

we have a Honda 2000i for recharging the batteries and running the microwave.
we also have 2 deep cycle batteries, a 15 gallon tote tank for gray water and a 6 gallon jug for FW.
and a 400w inverter to run the tv, dvd and charging electronic devices.
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Old 10-17-2016, 10:48 AM   #3
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Wow, Dan you travel equipped! But, I'm not surprised being a retired firefighter. Our neighbor is a firefighter and their huge pop up trailer and his truck are completely equipped. I don't think I would have room to store all those in our storage bins. We'll probably be ok. I plan to drive us into Cardiff to explore, have lunch at an outdoor (dog friendly) cafe somewhere in the afternoons to keep my restless DH occupied. He is not exactly a happy camper for the whole day. But, he loves sightseeing, and the dogs are great car riders.
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Old 10-19-2016, 11:23 PM   #4
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You can walk to the Cardiff shopping center from the campground.
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Old 10-20-2016, 12:12 AM   #5
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always carry a percolator coffee pot for those times with you can't run the genie or hook up
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Old 10-20-2016, 06:07 AM   #6
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I'll be dry camping next weekend with 3 friends sharing my camper. I've got (2) 90AH marine batteries, a 3.1kW Champion generator, 10 gallons of gas, 2 spare propane tanks, 55 gallons of fresh water and 30 gallons each grey and black capacity. I'll have to unhook to go empty waste and fill up on fresh water.
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Old 10-20-2016, 06:20 AM   #7
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So far doing fine boondocking. I turned on the generator yesterday morning around 8:00 to make coffee, and I was quickly informed that the rule is 10:00 am. He said we could finish making coffee, then turn it off. First time camping without electricity for us. Then, I hadn't moved the toad sticker from the MH windshield to the Jeep windshield, so when we reentered the campground after exploring I got that reminder. They were very nice about it though when I told the ranger it was our first timecamping with a toad. Still learning the ropes!

Having fun!
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So far doing fine boondocking. I turned on the generator yesterday morning around 8:00 to make coffee, and I was quickly informed that the rule is 10:00 am. He said we could finish making coffee, then turn it off. First time camping without electricity for us. Then, I hadn't moved the toad sticker from the MH windshield to the Jeep windshield, so when we reentered the campground after exploring I got that reminder. They were very nice about it though when I told the ranger it was our first timecamping with a toad. Still learning the ropes!

Having fun!
Get a glass percolator coffee pot for those times without electricity. The glass pot will keep you from over cooking the coffee or boiling it out on the stove. I got a 9 cup antique fire glass pyrex pot off ebay
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Get a glass percolator coffee pot for those times without electricity. The glass pot will keep you from over cooking the coffee or boiling it out on the stove. I got a 9 cup antique fire glass pyrex pot off ebay
Great idea, thank you I will look for one. We have several thrift stores nearby. I will check there.
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It's been a while since I did a drive through visit there but I thought the sites with hookups were spaced tighter together while the standard sites had a bit more room.

I really liked one of the standard sites on the end where you can easily just walk out to the beach. Feel free to post a couple of photos.
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