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Old 11-16-2013, 07:50 PM   #1
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The Advantages of Being Self Sufficient.

OK...I realize that some folks have a different idea of self sufficient than I do. I can't skin a deer or other more manly things. LOL But I do know how to start a generator.

Here I sit with gusty winds that have killed the power to the CG. Sandee was doing laundry and the heat pumps are taking a light chill out of the MH when things happen. My inverter kicks in and the washing machine quits along with the heat pumps.

I looked out the window and the CG is dark. Gave it 2 minutes and then with the push of a button and a couple minutes for the generator to get to speed, the Surge Guard to bring in the power and we are back to "normal".

Well...I guess the only thing left is to wait for the shore power to return so I can shut the genny down.
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Old 11-16-2013, 08:00 PM   #2
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Don, At least you have the generator...if you were back in your S&B, you'd be getting cold. There ARE significant advantages to full timing you hadn't even thought about, including being on line right now
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Old 11-16-2013, 08:03 PM   #3
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We have plans to use our RV as a "lifeboat" for lack of a better term.

Same expectations as the OP, but since we are still weekenders and seasonal trippers, most days the RV is just waiting for us.

We are not "preppers" but living in SoCal, there are real threats like the big earthquake the scientists tell us that we are overdue for.

So, the only thing needed for us to jump in our lifeboat is a few suitcases. There is water, fuel and power along with dry goods, some clothing and all the stuff we would need in the kitchen and bath for a couple weeks "away".

It's one of many reasons we have an RV.

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Hey Sky Boss, Isn't that great?? Shore power, batteries, Solar ( if you want to buy the panels), and then the Genset. Feel like we're safer in the coach than in our S & B's ( not counting tornado's)
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Old 11-16-2013, 08:16 PM   #5
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X2 Sky_Boss. If you have a full tank, you can probably go 10 days. That's what in call self-reliant.
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Hi sky boss, I have been reading your threads and have to ask where you are located? you have had high winds for days and it sounds cool and nasty. After watching that video of your slide topper if I was you I would of pulled them in and went and bought one of those fancy kites and had some fun.........LOL
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One possible downside of using the MH as a lifeboat is its size. In August of 2011 Hurricane Irene was coming to New York. I was at a campground on the other side of the Hudson River from where I live, and was prepared to get on the road to return home depending on the storm track and the weather reports. By Saturday afternoon it was clear that I should head home to be back with my family. As I headed home, the radio mentioned that bridges across the river might be closed to "High Profile Vehicles" if the winds exceeded 40 MPH. I had not considered that in my plans.

Fortunately, the bridges were never shut down. Just something to consider.
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We definitely consider ours a lifeboat. It is full of fuel and propane at all times. Water in the summer. If the SHTF, we are ready to go. Grab a couple bug out bags and some self protection apparatus and WE GONE!
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Hi sky boss, I have been reading your threads and have to ask where you are located? you have had high winds for days and it sounds cool and nasty. After watching that video of your slide topper if I was you I would of pulled them in and went and bought one of those fancy kites and had some fun.........LOL
The winds haven't been terrible but just from the worst direction for where I am parked. Tomorrow is another day though. Crazy weather...61 degrees outside right now at 9 pm.

I've been told to go fly a kite before but not so nicely. LOL
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We had a big storm here a few years back and it knocked out power in the neighborhood for three days. The RV generator saved the food in the fridge and also the occupants of my fish tanks. We ran heavy duty extension cords into the house. Worked great.
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