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Old 08-11-2013, 03:36 PM   #15
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My thanks to all for the great input. I have the Phillips Respironics BiPAP Auto SV Advanced-System One with humidifier and have been using now for about 1 month. I have used it once on the AS but the site had electricity. The site in NH will not so I will call my provider to see if they carry a 12 volt cord. If they don't I will see what they recommend.

Again thanks for all the great input

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Old 08-14-2013, 11:45 AM   #16
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I tested my sleep machine today using the inverter outlets it worked fine. I should have enough of power to run it at night and then recharge batteries during the day.
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:36 PM   #17
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I have an older ResMed S8 (AC-only) that I started using before we had a trailer, and a friend gave me a spare she no longer needed. My WBCCI unit has several boondocking trips a year, so I wanted to be able to use the S8 off-grid. There's only room from a single Group24 in the Argosy so I bought a battery for the CPAP. I got a little carried away... I apparently should have used my Kill-a-watt to measure actual usage rather than relying on the published specs, they are apparently VERY conservative. Based on the specs, I thought a 100 amp-hour battery would reliably give me 8 hours of operation using the humidifier. I found in practice it gives me over 20 hours, so I could've bought a smaller battery. Now if the weather's nice, I don't have to take the generator for a 2-night trip though!
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:04 PM   #18
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That is good news to hear.
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Old 08-14-2013, 02:13 PM   #19
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We have 200 watts of solar and that is plenty to run my husband's CPAP all night and charge our various phones, camera batteries and laptops. Unless we're parked in the shade, the batteries top up during the day. We use an inverter rather than a 12V plug for the CPAP.
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Old 08-15-2013, 06:35 PM   #20
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I also use a Bipap and so far have run and inverter - I can get 4 nights if parked in the shade - we have a 200 watt solar system... I have yet to test the system in full sun - hopefully it will suffice as we plan on boondocking quite a bit...
WORDS OF CAUTION TO CPAP USERS - after 15 years of CPAP use YES it has been a life saver -- But I now have a great shortness of breath -- THINK ABOUT THIS!!!! a cpap is constant airway pressure - Therefore it never allows you to fully exhale - after years of this as mentioned I have a great shortness of breath - I have been told by a few honest DR's NO one should be on CPAP - Bipap that cuts off when exhaling is the proper alternative -- I've been told it is an insurance thing! BiPaps are much more expensive - WHATS YOUR HEALTH WORTH - TAKE IT FOR WHAT IT IS WORTH BUT LEARN FROM MY EXPERIENCE!!!!!!!! Demand BIPAP -- its not rocket science, don't be lied to, there is no way one can fully exhale all the CO2 with constant airway pressure of a CPAP!!!
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Old 08-15-2013, 06:51 PM   #21
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I also use a Bipap and so far have run and inverter - I can get 4 nights if parked in the shade - we have a 200 watt solar system... I have yet to test the system in full sun - hopefully it will suffice as we plan on boondocking quite a bit...
WORDS OF CAUTION TO CPAP USERS - after 15 years of CPAP use YES it has been a life saver -- But I now have a great shortness of breath -- THINK ABOUT THIS!!!! a cpap is constant airway pressure - Therefore it never allows you to fully exhale - after years of this as mentioned I have a great shortness of breath - I have been told by a few honest DR's NO one should be on CPAP - Bipap that cuts off when exhaling is the proper alternative -- I've been told it is an insurance thing! BiPaps are much more expensive - WHATS YOUR HEALTH WORTH - TAKE IT FOR WHAT IT IS WORTH BUT LEARN FROM MY EXPERIENCE!!!!!!!! Demand BIPAP -- its not rocket science, don't be lied to, there is no way one can fully exhale all the CO2 with constant airway pressure of a CPAP!!!
I should probably stay out of this but I thought you all might be interested in our accidental conclusion. My husband had been put through the sleep test where he was told by two specialists that he needed the CPAP. This last suggestion was just as we were packing for a trip to TX. There was no time to get this contraption until we returned. One evening, after thinking about this breathing problem, on a whim, I got a glass of water and one alergy/decongestant and gave it to him just before he went to bed. He did look at me funny when I voiced my idea, but decided to try it. Well, he has been taking a mild decongestant before bed now for quite a while and we both are sleeping better. Only once in several mo. has he even snored. He says he does not awaken much and he is not restless. I can now listen to his even breathing knowing he is ok. He uses a generic decongestant. It cost $4. for 3 mo supply. No machines.
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Old 08-16-2013, 12:55 PM   #22
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One note about humidifiers... on the machines I have owned it was not necessary to turn the heat on to get the effect. I just use the water and have never needed the heater part. During dry times of the year the moisture does help.

BigPine and StreamN thanks for the advice. I started on Bi-PAP over 10 years ago and they switched me to CPAP about 4 years ago. I too have noticed a shortness of breath and often wondered about the CPAP being a part of it. I have a new Dr that so far I think is just great, I will ask his opinion.
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