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Old 03-28-2009, 02:57 PM   #11
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Re: McBeast return trip to Big Bend Ranch State Park

We continue to work with systems and equipment for our SMB....

We took our Honda 2k generator, but never used it this trip.

We used the microwave and George Forman grill extensively each day, making steaks, or chicken, or grilled sandwiches, or toast on the grill, and veggies and oatmeal in the microwave. We also reheated items for chilli and for burittos in the microwave.

We used the TV and satellite or watched a movie each evening.

...and we never had battery charge issues...

The two batteries and two solar panels kept us in juice the entire week.
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Re: McBeast return trip to Big Bend Ranch State Park

This was our first opportunity to use our Porta-Privy from Cabelas.

...and it worked like a charm.

We set up up just off the driver's rear corner of the SMB, and the shower hose draped nicely through the zippered slot in the wall. The size was fine, even for me, with plenty of square footage and plenty of height.

The floor attaching system did a great job of allowing water to drain quickly.

With the stakes at the bottom and a couple of lines it stated in place well all week.

We are happy with this item and confident in it now tha we have used it.
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Re: McBeast return trip to Big Bend Ranch State Park

This was our longest stay in one location, and we expected to go through more water since we had three people on the trip.

We had filled the 20 gal water storage tank, and we carried a 5 gallon jerry can as well.

There were 9 showers during the trip, and dishes washed at most meal times. We also did some laundry by rinsing out some clothes.

When we added our extra 5 gallons to the 20 gallon tank, just before we started to head home, it looked like it brought the tank to about half full.

That would say we used about 15 gallons with all our water usage.

We are now pretty confident that this configuration will work for us in about any situation.
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Re: McBeast return trip to Big Bend Ranch State Park

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Hey thanks Greg, I will be anticipating the outcome of your test.




thanks for the reply.
Cj et al,

The new config file that we uploaded allowed us to get right on the satellite, and we got a great signal strength..... but the very last step of ranging would not complete. This kept us from being able to get online, but we feel much better about the system now.

We will work out this last issue with the help of RovingInternet in the next week or so. (I would have figured it out already, but I sustained a knee injury and am moving a bit slower than normal).

Soooo more on this later...
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Re: McBeast return trip to Big Bend Ranch State Park

Sorry about the knee, However thanks so much for the reports back. Sounds great so far, I am on the hunt again.

Greg, really appreciate the response glad you had a good trip, Thanks again.

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Re: McBeast return trip to Big Bend Ranch State Park

CJ,

If you decide on a system like we have, Terry at Roving Internet can set you up. One Stop shop, and he seems to really know his stuff.
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