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harmono
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12/19/2012
harmono
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I have sleep apnea, so I'm somewhat dependent on the CPAP machine which requires electricity of course. But I want to camp or sleep in the desert so I can cut time out of the 2 hour drive out there. Normally what I would do would be to get on Priceline and find a hotel for cheap, but I probably could only find a Hotel in El Centro, or north up near Indio.
I am not totally dependent on the CPAP, it's just that I have a terrible time sleeping, and I'm used to using it. I'm not talking about hiking to a place, then camping, but rather just being in the area. I see a hotel in Jacumba, and Boulevard, and then there is the Golden Acorn. I think there's a hotel in Ocotillo but it doesn't sound recommended. Any suggestions? Maybe I could get some batteries that would last overnight, and an AC inverter.

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DRT Lakeside
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12/19/2012
DRT Lakeside
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A good bet for a place with electricity would be Agua Caliente County Park. It is close to lots of great places and is very reasonable. I don't think the tent spaces have electricity, but they also have full and partial hook up sites. We use it as a "homebase" pretty often.
As an aside, we stayed there last weekend, and it looks like they are starting to put in some cabins; all the parts were there and many footings were being dug.

http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/parks/Camping/agua_caliente.html
Casey Van Tieghem wrote:
I have sleep apnea, so I'm somewhat dependent on the CPAP machine which requires electricity of course. But I want to camp or sleep in the desert so I can cut time out of the 2 hour drive out there. Normally what I would do would be to get on Priceline and find a hotel for cheap, but I probably could only find a Hotel in El Centro, or north up near Indio.
I am not totally dependent on the CPAP, it's just that I have a terrible time sleeping, and I'm used to using it. I'm not talking about hiking to a place, then camping, but rather just being in the area. I see a hotel in Jacumba, and Boulevard, and then there is the Golden Acorn. I think there's a hotel in Ocotillo but it doesn't sound recommended. Any suggestions? Maybe I could get some batteries that would last overnight, and an AC inverter.
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harmono
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12/19/2012
harmono
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DRT Lakeside wrote:
A good bet for a place with electricity would be Agua Caliente County Park. It is close to lots of great places and is very reasonable. I don't think the tent spaces have electricity, but they also have full and partial hook up sites. We use it as a "homebase" pretty often.
As an aside, we stayed there last weekend, and it looks like they are starting to put in some cabins; all the parts were there and many footings were being dug.

http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/parks/Camping/agua_caliente.html

That looks like a good option. I found out that there are accessories and options for battery powering the CPAP machine. Fortunately newer CPAP machines conserve electricity so it might be feasible. I better get a camping tent, and a sleeping pad. Hopefully there is a cabin for me.

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mrkmc
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12/19/2012
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We went to Yellowstone for a week on a family vacation and someone in my family used one of those machines. They brought this battery pack that was enough to run the cpap all night in the tent. They recharged it during the day with an ac inverter and also using the power in the restroom at the campground. The battery pack would be way better as you could camp anywhere in the park rather than being limited to regular campgrounds.
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12/20/2012
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I have a simple A/C inverter in my truck to charge my GPS, phone or run my laptop if I take it. That may be enough to run your machine and not drain your battery. We actually used it with a big long extension cord going into our house when the Great Blackout of 2011 happened, we powered some lights and radio for most of the night.

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harmono
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12/20/2012
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mrkmc wrote:
We went to Yellowstone for a week on a family vacation and someone in my family used one of those machines. They brought this battery pack that was enough to run the cpap all night in the tent. They recharged it during the day with an ac inverter and also using the power in the restroom at the campground. The battery pack would be way better as you could camp anywhere in the park rather than being limited to regular campgrounds.



Yeah I didn't know there was a battery pack and kit for them. So I'm looking into it. Man time is running out.

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harmono
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12/20/2012
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dsefcik wrote:
I have a simple A/C inverter in my truck to charge my GPS, phone or run my laptop if I take it. That may be enough to run your machine and not drain your battery. We actually used it with a big long extension cord going into our house when the Great Blackout of 2011 happened, we powered some lights and radio for most of the night.


That would come in handy, but they are kind of expensive. I was ready to get a generator when the great blackout happened, because I was so miserable. But I guess what I need to do is just get this car charger adapter, and just some battery to car charger clips. Since they run on DC it doesn't make sense to invert from DC to AC and back to DC just for a CPAP. So all I need is this adapter, and I can get the rest at Walmart.

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waning moon
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12/26/2012
waning moon
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Casey,

A little more information on Aqua Caliente, there are quite a few camping sites directly around the hot pool, that have electric and community spigots. This would be perfect for you, to serve as a base camp, close to many Southern ABDSP canyons, roads, interesting sites etc. Not that far to Dos Cabezos either. I see others have posted about Aqua Caliente and it is worth visit, (very noisy though). It is on the San Diego Parks and Recreation web site, you can reserve ahead.
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Casey Van Tieghem wrote:
I have sleep apnea, so I'm somewhat dependent on the CPAP machine which requires electricity of course. But I want to camp or sleep in the desert so I can cut time out of the 2 hour drive out there. Normally what I would do would be to get on Priceline and find a hotel for cheap, but I probably could only find a Hotel in El Centro, or north up near Indio.
I am not totally dependent on the CPAP, it's just that I have a terrible time sleeping, and I'm used to using it. I'm not talking about hiking to a place, then camping, but rather just being in the area. I see a hotel in Jacumba, and Boulevard, and then there is the Golden Acorn. I think there's a hotel in Ocotillo but it doesn't sound recommended. Any suggestions? Maybe I could get some batteries that would last overnight, and an AC inverter.
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harmono
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12/28/2012
harmono
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waning moon wrote:
Casey,

A little more information on Aqua Caliente, there are quite a few camping sites directly around the hot pool, that have electric and community spigots. This would be perfect for you, to serve as a base camp, close to many Southern ABDSP canyons, roads, interesting sites etc. Not that far to Dos Cabezos either. I see others have posted about Aqua Caliente and it is worth visit, (very noisy though). It is on the San Diego Parks and Recreation web site, you can reserve ahead.
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Casey Van Tieghem wrote:
I have sleep apnea, so I'm somewhat dependent on the CPAP machine which requires electricity of course. But I want to camp or sleep in the desert so I can cut time out of the 2 hour drive out there. Normally what I would do would be to get on Priceline and find a hotel for cheap, but I probably could only find a Hotel in El Centro, or north up near Indio.
I am not totally dependent on the CPAP, it's just that I have a terrible time sleeping, and I'm used to using it. I'm not talking about hiking to a place, then camping, but rather just being in the area. I see a hotel in Jacumba, and Boulevard, and then there is the Golden Acorn. I think there's a hotel in Ocotillo but it doesn't sound recommended. Any suggestions? Maybe I could get some batteries that would last overnight, and an AC inverter.


I just ordered a CPAP adapter that runs on a car battery, so maybe I would be able to camp further away from the noise, or another quieter place. I think I need to just try it one night and see how it works for me.
Next I need to get a sleeping bag, and a tent. Thanks.

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