We slept in Sunday until about 7:30 am.....my routine is a little bit different when we are dry camping, and especially the first morning. When we have hookups the coffee is already made when I get up, I turn on the electric heaters to take the chill of the interior, turn on my computer, then I fill the coffee carafe, my cup and TLE's cup with hot water to preheat them before pouring coffee into them.....it stays hotter longer, right? By the time that is done my computer is up and I sit down with a cup of coffee and begin typing. So what is different when we are dry camping?
Well, for starters to brew coffee when dry camping we use our Corningware stove top percolator which means there is no coffee until I turn on the stove first thing, and it takes about 20 minutes start to finish before coffee is ready for consumption. Next I check to see what the percentage of charge is for our two 8D house batteries.....they were at 87% Sunday morning. I then turn on all 3 gas heaters to take the chill off the interior of the Newell. Then I go up on the roof (first morning only) to tilt our solar panels towards the southern sky to garner as many rays of sunshine as possible in order to recharge our thirsty 8D battery bank. By the time I'm finished 'tilting' the coffee has usually finished perking and it is time to imbibe that wonderful chocolate brown elixir. I don't preheat anything as the coffee coming out of the stove top percolator is significantly hotter than the electric one. The last thing I do is turn on my computer to type my daily blog post as I type the entire blog post using the battery power of the computer, and depending on how long that takes I may use up the 90 minutes of power it provides before having to turn on the inverter to finish the blog. Most of the time I finish well before the battery runs out of power. Then in the evening when we are watching TV I plug in the computer and it recharges for the next morning.