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Old 06-23-2019, 11:57 AM   #1
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Boondocking and hair drying

This may not be the most earth shattering topic, but for those of us who love to boondock and still have hair (no longer an issue for myself but it is for my DW) it could be of interest.

It is generally taken as a given that if you are not connected to shore power and are using the stock 1000W inverter you can't use a hair dryer. So an option is to upgrade to a 2000W or more inverter.

We needed a hair dryer for the AS and picked up a model from Walmart (Conair 1875 with a retractable cord) which is rated at 1875W; definitely not a model to be plugged in a 1000W inverter wall outlet, since it will blow the large inverter fuse which costs at least as much to replace as the dryer!

But it turns out that this dryer has a 3 position switch, High-Off-Low. I was curious to see what was the current draw in the Low position. I made a short 18" extension cord to be able to separate the hot black wire from the neutral white wire and the green ground wire. Not having a clamp ammeter I dropped by our local garage which takes care of my wife's car and they were happy to clamp their ammeter around the black wire and take a reading when operating in high and low mode. In High it was around 14-15 amps (1650W) but in Low mode it was less than half that, 5-6 amps (660W) which is well below our 1000W inverter limit.

In our recent boondocking trip I decided to try it out, blocked the handle switch so it wouldn't inadvertantly slip into High mode, plugged it into the inverter wall outlet, turned on the inverter and the dryer, and all was fine. As far as drying goes, it takes a bit more time, but DW was really pleased with the result. And given our battery bank capacity, she could run that thing for a few hours without any problem.

Have others been using hair dryers while boondocking?
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Old 06-23-2019, 02:42 PM   #2
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Get a few microfiber towels too. Your wife can comb excess water out, then wrap her head and massage her hair, then wrap her head in the 2nd dry towel for 5-10 minutes, then will barely need the dryer.
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Old 06-23-2019, 03:35 PM   #3
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Old 06-23-2019, 03:47 PM   #4
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FYI there are some recent threads on this:

https://www.google.com/search?q=boon...com&gws_rd=ssl

. . . with a wide range of opinions, some quite humorous IMO.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...ng-186678.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...er-177235.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f483...tor-62731.html

Over 100 posts on the subject, just in these three threads alone.

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Old 06-24-2019, 09:53 AM   #6
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I solved this problem and bought a Honda 2000 generator.
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Old 06-24-2019, 12:47 PM   #7
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700 watt pet hair dryer on Amazon. $30. Small and quite powerful. Use it even when not Boondocking. Don’t remember the brand name but it’s white and lime green.
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Yes you can

We do it all the time. Found a low power and small size hair dryer and running it on low when on the inverter. We also run the toaster and coffee grinder, but not all at the same time-
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The handheld portable household hairdryer first appeared in 1920.

How did people dry their hair before 1920?
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Hair Dryer versus wearing a Hat

Drying your hair while Boondocking is a loaded question with many options.

We wash the same tent or trailer camping, as well drying our hair. Boondocking off the grid, who cares? At an RV Park use their 120 volt (220 volt).

When the humidity is low, like in the higher elevations in the western USA.. washing your hair in soft water is best, dry with a towel and air dry. (The dry air is the hair dryer for us.)

If you are using 'hard water'... your hair will dry but you will notice the new hair style does match the photo on your driver's license. It will feel stiffer and just the wild look. Hair dryer or air dried... no difference.

River water can vary and your hair will vary with the hardness. Lake water... well, could be a mistake depending on algae and hardness.

Using home water carried in your trailer will not look any better or worse at home. If you had straight hair at home, it may be curly when you return.

The hair dryer will compete with an air conditioner for wattage. It is a toaster with a handle.

My wife purchased an electric Wahl trimmer/clipper from Costco for $23. I get a professional 'fade' haircut at home before we depart. She says I look handsome. I have to believe her.

Of course we are all having fun with this subject. I like Bob's in Post #5. If you have long hair... braid it. If you have short hair, go back to a 12 ounce bottle of distilled water, or melted ice water and soap it up... not over doing it. Then rinse with the left over water and no doubt a second bottle. You will come out looking 'chic' if it does not work out... wear a hat.

Hair Dryer versus Hat. The hat always will be the better option.
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Number 2 buzz cut takes care of the whole hair dryer issue ..... also eliminates the need to carry a comb

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The handheld portable household hairdryer first appeared in 1920.

How did people dry their hair before 1920?
Have you noticed how many women wore hats?
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I solved this problem and bought a Honda 2000 generator.
Think big.
"But honey, if I buy this Honda 6500, you can use your hair dryer UNDER the A/C vent!"
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Think big.
"But honey, if I buy this Honda 6500, you can use your hair dryer UNDER the A/C vent!"
I likes the ways youz thinks

It's also a twofer. For this discussion you get the genie you want. Next time you want something she thinks is unnecessary, you just say, "honey, WE really didn't NEED that generator if you just let your hair air dry."

Problem(s) solved.
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