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Old 08-11-2013, 10:13 AM   #1
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Sleep Apnea Machines

As my doctor recently recommended that I use a sleep apnea machine so I was wondering if others used them when camping. If so how, do you get around the no noise after ten PM requirement at most national and state parks?

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CPap machines are very quiet - about like the sound of running water from a kitchen faucet. You shouldn't any concerns about noise.....
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The "quiet hours" apply to the noise heard outside the RV. As long as the sound doesn't carry to the next campsite, there's no problem.
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Old 08-11-2013, 10:52 AM   #4
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I belive he is referencing a generator, most cpacs end voltage is 12V so get a battery hook up, don't use the built in heater
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I was not concerned about the Cpap machine noise but the generator used to power it or do you use the inverter to run it at night.
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I have solar so am I correct that would be enough to run it at night
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John,

Modern machines like the Resmed S9 with humidifier, heated hose and a pillow mask are very quiet. The sound is like a soothing white noise machine. The Resmed pillow mask is very comfortable and allows sleeping on your side. There is a 12v power cable option that will run the entire system that is more efficient than via an inverter. A nice carry case makes it easy to take it with you even through airline security.

My wife loves the fact that I no long snore. She no longer has to punch me to stop snoring. Plus untreated sleep apnea and high blood pressure will lead to AFIB which is no fun.

Your doctor will probably send you to a sleep center that will verify your sleep apnea and determine the optimum pressure that needs to be set into the machine. The S9 has a nice display which tells you how you are doing. Plus there is a online community that will provide you with the clinician manual so you can change what you want to display. I have made several changes that should have been made by the medical supply company.

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Check out CPAP.com. I bought a small CPAP that runs off 12v or 110. If you dig on the net you can find charts that will let you know how much operating time to expect out of one battery charge. With this next efficient machine I can get 4 nights and a couple of naps out of one charge on a deep cycle.
If you are dealing with insurance and a medical equipment provider just tell them you want 12v/110 CPAP.
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Old 08-11-2013, 11:15 AM   #9
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I am currently using a AutoCpap machine. It is one of the new automated ones that automatically sets the pressurewhen I sleep. However I have not taken it camping but will next week to the White Mountains National Park. The park has no hook ups so I will either need to use my generator, solar or the inverter.
Can you explain more how the 12 v power cable works as I have not seen that option and also where can I get the cable.

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Old 08-11-2013, 11:21 AM   #10
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And John if you have not started using your CPAP yet stick with it when you do. Takes some getting used to but people around me told me I was a new person once I got mine. So much new energy and pep. I had no idea I was like a walking zombie.

The machine will become one of your best friends.
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Look on the back of your machine for a 12v power inlet, usually about 1/4 inch and will be labeled 12v. You can get the cord at a radio shack but I would recommend going on the manufacturers site and at least looking at what they have. Funny thing is the same cord for my 12v TV works on my CPAP machine.

If no 12v inlet then you will need an small inverter or a new machine to use in the AS.
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John,

Who is the manufacturer of your CPAP machine? Do you have a humidifier? The Resmed 12v power supply will power both the CPAP machine and the humidifier. A random 12v cable might power the CPAP but doubtful it will also power the humidifier.

It sounds like you have the CPAP determining the pressure. Did you ever have a sleep center determine your pressure? The Resmed S9 is an automated CPAP but it set to provide the sleep center determined pressure so it acts like an APAP in that sense.

I found that there was no getting used to anything with the Resmed S9. It ramps up the pressure slowly and does other things to make it very comfortable. The humidifier and heated hose eliminate any dryness. The two parts (CPAP and humidifier) look like a small clock radio on your bedside.

The 110v power cord and the 12v power cord both plug into the same spot on the rear of the machine. The only visual difference is that the other end of the power cord is either a 3 prong 110v male or a cigarette lighter plug. I assume that both power cords end up providing the proper custom voltage so only one connection point is needed. The S9 was out for almost a year before the company made the 12v power cord available. Their prior 12v offerings would not run the humidifier.

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Phillips Respironics is a very common machined these days. It runs on 12 Volts. It comes with a 110V transformer standard. They do sell a 12V cigarette plug cord as well. The issue a friend had was the Phillips 12V adapter cord was too short to reach the plug in the bedroom conveniently. I lengthened the plug for her and it worked fine. As in an earlier post, run it without the humidifier section attached or turned off and your batteries will run it fine.
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I bought 12 volt extension cords and adapters at Radio Shack for my wife's CPAP. It runs fine on the campers 12 volt system. Have used it many - many nights camping.
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