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Old 01-12-2011, 04:47 PM   #11
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Since we live in our RV, I would answer your question in this way...

Our emergency kit is actually in our Nissan Pathfinder...

In our emergency kit, we have first aid supplies, hand warmers, blanket, freeze-dried food packs, dog food, flash lights, waterproof reflective gear, ice scraper, bottled water, and de-icer spray.

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Old 01-12-2011, 06:08 PM   #12
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Portable LP heater
Flashlights and batteries
battery powered alarm clock (doesn't need AC power)
a couple more blankets

What else is in your camper that's good for weathering out the winter storms?
In my opinion, the beauty of living in an RV is the redundancy in all of the systems. We have both a ceramic radiant heater and also a propane vent free heater so we have heat regardless of the whether or not we have power. Of course the lights run with or without AC power, and when all else fails the 6500 watt Onan genset will make the lights burn! Of course, solar power would be the ultimate back up system but I'm not going to do that just yet. We also have an electric blanket that is very nice when the weather turns very cold. And if the phones don't work there is always amatuer radio! As long as I can keep the water from freezing we will be in good shape! It was 2 degrees here yesterday!

My wife and I are also storm spotters and we keep an emergency kit in the truck with: a wool blanket, 50 chemical hand warmers, a fire starting kit, a complete first aid kit, road cones, tow strap, jumper cables, 4-way lug wrench, a hydraulic floor jack, reflective vests, high visibility orange rain suits (railroad grade), emergency food rations, flashlight, leather and cloth gloves, hard hats (for hail stones!), and a climbing harness. We are both CPR heartsaver certified. I would really like to have an automated external defibrulator (AED) but they are expensive--about $2500 for a cheap one! I also need a good 12 volt air compressor.
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Old 01-12-2011, 09:53 PM   #13
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Love the picture Jim. We were 28 here last night with projected 25 for tonight.

I installed an electronic dog door last year for the lab. Best thing I ever purchased. Now Maggie comes and goes as she pleases and I don't have to get up in the mniddle of the night to let her out. She has a little battery operated key on her collar that unlocks the door when she goes into the laundry room (where the door is). Once she goes out and moves away from the door, the door locks so no other critter can come in.
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Old 01-13-2011, 08:08 AM   #14
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we have a 7500 watt onan diesel genny for the entire house, except the a/c. i plan to rig up a cable to let the 4kw onan in the rv power the a/c in case we need it in the summer.
WARNING: Central Air is usually 220 v

Many RV generators are only 120V... My Onan is 120V

2 legs, but both legs are same (in parallel) so it's only 120V

Theory has it I can re-wire the Onan for 240 volt but I have not attempted it or researched beyond formulation of theory.

But the L-1 L-2 voltage on my generator is always zero, won't run the house A/C. Did, however, run everything else save the cloths dryer (240 volt) and range (Gas)
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Old 01-15-2011, 05:47 PM   #15
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yeah, i'll have to check that out. thanks for the reminder. might not be an easy fix. we shall see...
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