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Old 04-26-2017, 04:33 PM   #15
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If you meant that you're driving a straight 1000 miles each segment you're doing way too many hours - even if you both drive. At 60mph that would be 17 hours then add in fuel/restaurant/rest stops.

Yes, WalMarts are safe to stop for the night.... better than rest areas. Just make sure RV parking is allowed. Not all allow it.

No worries with dumping dishwater in the black tank. There's worse stuff in it! Besides a little lubricant might help loosen things up in there. We always wiped our dishes quickly with a used paper towel or napkin before washing so there was literally no grease put down the drain. We never dumped coffee grounds down the drain either.
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>>You are driving a 1996 motorhome and you are worried about how energy efficient a crock pot is?
Yes, because we won't be hooked up most of the time and I think we need to conserve our propane/generator/gasoline for the fridge, freezer, furnace, cooking, and most important of all, hot water for a sponge bath. I have no idea how long propane or water will last without being replenished.
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Two Gypsies:
Yes, about 1000 miles each segment, BUT spread over two-three days, so driving about seven hours a day between the two of us, with multi-day layovers in-between the drives.
Three days from Idaho to Missouri, three days in Missouri.
Two days from Missouri to Baltimore, eight days in Baltimore.
Two days from Baltimore to Traverse City, with four days in Traverse City.
Three days from Michigan to Idaho.
Back to work ... we're co-workers ... on Tuesday morning at 7:30 am!

Does this sound more reasonable?
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Old 04-27-2017, 01:50 AM   #18
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>>You are driving a 1996 motorhome and you are worried about how energy efficient a crock pot is?
Yes, because we won't be hooked up most of the time and I think we need to conserve our propane/generator/gasoline for the fridge, freezer, furnace, cooking, and most important of all, hot water for a sponge bath. I have no idea how long propane or water will last without being replenished.
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Here are some ballpark figures for you, making a few assumption about your motorhome, size of propane tank, generator, etc.

Depending on the season a typical RV refrigerator will consume about 1 to 1.5 gallons of propane per week. You probably have a 20 -25 gallon propane tank, a typical 2 burner RV stove top will have a small burner that consumes about 5,000 btu's of propane per hour on high, and a larger burner that consumes about 9,000 btu's of propane per hour on high. There are about 91,000 btu's in a gallon of propane, so roughly 10 hours of running the large cooktop burner on high per gallon of propane consumed. So you can see cooking and refrigeration are not going to consume much of your propane, instead the big draws here are your propane furnace and propane water heater. The typical RV propane furnace is a 40,000 btu model, so about half a gallon of propane per hour, things get more complicated on the water heater, but you can figure about 12,000 btus of propane to heat 10 gallons of water, then some lesser amount to keep it hot.

As to the gasoline side of things and running a generator, assuming you have the common Onan Micro-lite 4000 you can expect it consume about 1 gallon of gasoline per hour at full load, or about half a gallon per hour at half load (about what you should expect running 1 air conditioner, plus a few smaller loads) By contrast while on the road a small Class C from this era will likely get around 10 miles to the gallon if you are lucky and drive conservatively, or in other words consume about 6 gallons of gasoline per hour at highway speed. (real world may be closer to 7 or 8 mpg)
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Two Gypsies:
Yes, about 1000 miles each segment, BUT spread over two-three days, so driving about seven hours a day between the two of us, with multi-day layovers in-between the drives.
Three days from Idaho to Missouri, three days in Missouri.
Two days from Missouri to Baltimore, eight days in Baltimore.
Two days from Baltimore to Traverse City, with four days in Traverse City.
Three days from Michigan to Idaho.
Back to work ... we're co-workers ... on Tuesday morning at 7:30 am!

Does this sound more reasonable?
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Whew! Much better!!! I think you'll do just fine with your plans. You're really thinking this out. However, don't plan on using the crockpot when not hooked up to electric if you don't have a built-in inverter in your RV. If you're stopping at WalMarts get one of their rotissierie chickens for a nice easy meal after driving all day.
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