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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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Old 12-14-2018, 02:55 PM   #11
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This one's pretty loud (on high) and it runs on either 12V (lighter plug) or D-cell batteries (if you're worried about draining your house battery.) It's not as loud as the ceiling AC unit on our MicroLite but it drones on through the night, if that's what your looking for:
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Old 12-14-2018, 03:04 PM   #12
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I replace the bathroom fan with a 12 volt computer fan. You can disable the LEDs if you like.

I couldn't stand the stove vent fan noise so I put a speed controller in the vent hood.

The hardest part is working with the leads while doing the limbo.

Now I can use the fans and it's nice and quiet.

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Old 12-14-2018, 03:16 PM   #13
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I have a HoMedics SS-2000G/F-AMZ Sound Spa Relaxation Machine with 6 Nature Sounds. Under $20 on Amazon. Love it. White noise and other sounds. It can be turned up pretty loud. I use it to mask my tinnitus and neighborhood noises.

Used expensive fans for years. Dragging them all over the country. When moteling with a flight, I'd buy a cheap fan at WM and leave it there when I left.

The sound machine is compact, light and cheap. Runs on AA batteries for several weeks or a small 120V power supply. Bought one for home and one for the TT, don't even have to schlep it in and out!

No more expensive fans for me. I love it.
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Old 12-14-2018, 03:24 PM   #14
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We use a Corningware Percolator when we aren't on power, works great. I also have a small rechargeable fan that I use at nite.
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I have a MyJo for K cups, an Aeropress expresso maker, a Coleman 10 cup stove top drip coffee maker and a small old-school 4 cup percolator.
None of these options need electricity.
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Old 12-14-2018, 03:35 PM   #16
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I second the recommendation for a sound machine. If you don't need the air circulation, it will use much less power than a mechanical fan. Also, all the suggestions for stove top coffee pots are good. We have use Melitta drip coffee makers with a thermos both at home and on the road for years. All you need is a sauce pan to heat the water or splurge for a teapot.
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Old 12-14-2018, 03:41 PM   #17
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Pour over coffee maker

Google "pour over coffee"
You just heat up the water and pour over the grounds in the maker. Many claim this is the ultimate way to make great coffee. You might even want to do this at home.
It's that good.
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Old 12-14-2018, 05:07 PM   #18
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Dr.B has it. I just use the drip coffee maker that I would use if plugged into 120v. Set it up like you would if you where going to just plug it in and instead heat the water on the stove and pour it slowly over the grounds.
I use a meat thermometer to check the temp of the water so it does not boil. I think 195 - 200 degrees is what you want.
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Old 12-14-2018, 05:13 PM   #19
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As others have said. Stay away from the 12V coffee makers they are slow and use a lot of power. Get a stove top percolator or coffee press. If the fan is only for noise, get a sound machine, more options and much less power.

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We are also addicted to White Noise needed for sleeping. When we traveled, we would always bring a box fan with us. Now that we are camping (mostly boon docking in State parks) we use the White Noise app on my iPhone. That works well. For coffee we use the percolator. We find it makes better coffee than our drip coffee maker does. The best thing in the morning is sitting outside smelling the coffee brew on the camp stove. Ours makes about 3-4 cups.

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