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Old 11-05-2014, 11:35 PM   #1
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Just Want A Cup of Joe

July purchased a class A MH. New to the game and learning as I go.

Can anyone share what can be used to
get my coffee maker started in the morning without using generator. Usually we have camped at places that will not allow you to run generator until 10am. I need a cup of Joe much earlier than that! I know I cannot possibly be the only one that has or has had this major issue. Anyone wish to share over a cup of Joe (smile).

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Old 11-05-2014, 11:46 PM   #2
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Do you have an inverter feature within your coach's house electrical charging system? It "converts" 12V into 110V, usually only on certain outlets. If so, activate the inverter, find one of those outlets and get the coffee brewing. Suggest you keep an eye on the 12V charge state of your house batts if you do so that you can then fire up the gen at 10:00.

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Old 11-06-2014, 12:05 AM   #3
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Most electric coffee makers are 1500 watts or about the same as a hair dryer. That will take a lot of charge out of the battery. Get a percolator or French Press at Wal*Mart or Goodwill and use the gas stove to heat the water. We keep an old percolator in the MH just for that purpose, although I can't even remember the last time we used it.
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Find yourself a Melitta pour over, they make them in 1, 4 or 8 cup sizes.

I keep one (and a box of the filters) in my camper just in case the coffee pot dies, they make great coffee also
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Old 11-06-2014, 04:57 AM   #5
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Bought a Sterling Pro 8 cup French Press coffee maker from Amazon after my cousin brought his down to the beach house. It makes delicious coffee! Just heat some water on the stove then spoon in the coffee then hot water. Stir and press coffee into your cup. No electric needed and you will never get a Kerig cup as aromatic and tasty!!

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We do cold brew, all we have to do is boil water a cup at a time.....
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Originally Posted by kgburns1 View Post
Find yourself a Melitta pour over, they make them in 1, 4 or 8 cup sizes.

I keep one (and a box of the filters) in my camper just in case the coffee pot dies, they make great coffee also
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We have been using a 4 cup Mr. Coffee for years on the boat and motorhome. They draw 700 watts.

When we got the M/H, we first used a Harbor Freight 800 watt inverter, hooked to 1 Group 27 battery. We could run the coffee maker twice, before the inverter alarm went off. There is still power to start the generator later in the morning. We stuck the inverter near the battery and ran an extension cord to the coffee maker.

We have since upgraded to a 1000 watt PSW inverter, transfer switch to 2 outlets and 2-6 Volt Golf cart batteries, charged by 300 watts of solar.
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If you don't have an inverter, and you don't want to make your coffee on your gas stove (camp Coffee Pot), buy a 12v job. It makes about 4 cups (1.75 cup for me), you can buy them on Amazon, or at Truck Stops.
Oh I Love "My"Cup-O-Joe.
PS: I do the camp pot where I have no 110. The make the coffee the night before in your electric pot is, "A Great Idea". Wish I had Thought Of That!
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You might want to check out this coffee maker, looks interesting. I have an Aeropress that I love.

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Old 11-06-2014, 07:23 AM   #11
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YOu have options, Many options.
1: 12 volt coffee maker (not my first choice)
2: INVERTER check the wattage on your brewer.. IF the brewer is NOT an electronics model then you can use a MSW inverter of at least 10% more watts than the label says, If it is an electronic unit (has built in clock timer) go with a True Sine.

You can also use a bigger inverter, mine is a 2,000 watt.

3: Go old school, percolator on propane stove,,, Made coffee many years that way back in the old days I did.

4: French press, Heat water any way you like (See Propane)

5: Melita one-cup "Funnel" type coffee maker.. This is a device that simply fits atop a cup, heat water as in 4 and pour over grounds in filter and let it drip down.. NOTE: My #1 Recommendation for you.

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We use Starbucks "Via" on those mornings when we have no electricity or generator. Boil some water, the flavor is outstanding.
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We use Folgers dip bags as a backup. They are individually sealed and last a very long time. Perfect for backpacking, too.

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I prefer the "cowboy campfire" percolator, but that is messy to clean up in a coach, same goes for a french press. The previously mentioned Melitta funnel that sits on top of a mug is probably the easiest, and least messy to use. And you use the coffee of your choice, just make sure you carry some ground coffee or you will be back to the original problem of needing electricity for your grinder. . .

All this talk about coffee, time to brew some up. Who wants some?

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Old 11-06-2014, 08:33 AM   #14
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Hello. Wow so many options. Need to think over a cup for option that works best for me. Thanks for all input and great stories of how you resolved the issue. This is why I so love these forums! Will update you on my choice.

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