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Old 09-07-2020, 06:48 PM   #1
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High Altitude Camping

New full timers in '19 Phaeton 40IH, all electric. We have dry camped several days with no worries. Plan to dry camp in Leadville, CO area at 10,000 ft. Any special considerations for aqua hot or generator? Have been at 6,000 ft for last 3 weeks with no issues. Just checking.
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We did a few days at 10,000 ft in summer of 2019 in our Class A gasser. No problems with the engine or generator, although your mpg will be poor.

Dealer warned us about furnace and aqua-hot, but we didn’t have any issues. Oxygen content is about 30% less at that elevation so it may run inefficiently. Listen for sounds of popping which would indicate poor combustion. Also higher risk of CO at elevation so make sure your CO detector is functioning.

A word of caution, we did have a furnace issue shortly after this trip due to excessive rust buildup on the burner assembly. The likely cause was the high humidity levels in the Houston area where we lived and stored the coach. However, cold temperatures will cause the moisture in the furnace exhaust to condense on the metal surfaces until they warm up. Might be related, but I cannot know for sure.
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Old 09-08-2020, 08:47 AM   #3
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Well getting a little closer......can't say specifically about 10K' but this summer were were at 8,700' and our 7500QD had no issues. Not sure exactly how much actual power we were making but we were able to run one AC, HWH and charge the batteries with no issues, but that's probably only about 60-70% of the available power, hope this helps?

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As someone who moved from sea level to 5500 feet in New Mexico:

-chapstick. Buy lots, keep it on you, never be without it. Sounds stupid, but it matters and broken lips are a bad day.

-Sunblock. You will be shocked how fast you get a burn. Way faster than the beach.

-water. Bring 3x what you normally would. Drink it like your life depended on it. You will go through alot more water than you think you will and you'll need it.

-Patience. I don't care if you're an athlete you're going to wear out fast. Alot faster than you think is possible and it can be life threatening. Plan to take lots of breaks on hikes and don't try to push yourself.

-Recovery. You're going to take 2-3x as long to recover. That includes acclimating to the height. Days 3-5 are going to be the worst as your body resists the lower oxygen. Tylenol with caffeine and coffee will help.

I hope this helps you!
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At high altitudes: Air pressure is lower, so foods take longer to cook. Temperatures and/or cook times may need to be increased. Water boils at a lower temperature, so foods prepared with water (such as pastas and soups) may take longer to cook.

Probably not what you were looking for.

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Thanks for comments regarding high altitude. Was really looking specifically for any considerations regarding aquahot and generator. We are currently parked at 6700 ft and local power is out due to high winds. This will give us another test on aquahot and generator.
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