We’ve been feathering our NEST while we prepare for our 1st real camping trip — after daytime temps finally drop below 100 and night time temps allow sleeping without A/C. Our plans are to start out camping at several of the state parks within a day’s drive. Then begin venturing further out. All of the “local” state parks have camp sites with a minimum of electricity & water. and several have sites with full hook ups. So after copious searching/reading the many helpful threads on Air Forums, here is what we’ve done so far….
Full Hook Up (on our property):
We live in the country where we can keep our NEST protected under the carport of our tractor shed, which is very close to both the main breaker panel and a septic clean out.. This kit is allowing us to fully test the NEST from dry camping to full hook ups. And it makes the NEST suitable for overnight guests. BTW the NEST is a pricy way to add a beer fridge, coffeemaker, sink and toilet to the tractor shed
We keep the A/C at 90 when we aren’t in the NEST, so that the fridge stays within it’s operating temp range.
> 30 amp service — GE 70 Amp Power Outlet Box (U041CP) w/ 30 & 20 amp breakers & receptacles
> Septic — Camco RhinoFLEX 15’ RV sewer hose (39770) + Clear RhinoFLEX 45 degree fitting & 15’ Sidewinder RV sloping support
> “City water” — hose hooked up to our rain water collection/filtering system
I went with an external EMS because I like the idea of testing the power BEFORE even backing into a camp site. We’ll also be able to monitor the EMS from inside the NEST in rough weather. The Progressive Industries EMS-PT30X has a better warranty and weather protection over the EMS to 30amp cord connection. But they don’t offer a wireless remote display of faults, amps etc..
> Surge Guard (34931) w/ remote display (40301)
> Master Lock cable lock (8431DPF)
> Eversame wall plug voltage monitor (and night light)
Misc Trailer Hardware:
> TriMax “keyed alike” UMAX100 Towing Kit (TCP-100) — the idea is to make our NEST a little more difficult to tow away
> Camco Heavy Duty leveling blocks - 10 pack with nylon “case”
USB Powered Stuff:
We’re trying to take advantage of the NEST’s 10 USB ports. While camping we’ll have our two iPhones, an iPad and an old MacBook on board. So we opted for a USB powered TP-Link Travel Router for speedy wireless fie sharing/transfers between devices. The TP-Link is currently configured to extend our home wireless network to the NEST. BTW I’m holding off on buying a USB LTE modem plugged directly into the TP-Link, until we see how much we use our AC powered NetGear LTE modem.
> TP-link travel router (AC750)
> 2 Personal Rechargeable USB fans (Target )
> 2 iPhones & an iPad Mini
> AeroPress coffee & expresso maker - very compact and quiet
> George Foreman Grill w/ removable plates - simple cooking and cleanup, fits in cabinet under the cook top
> Three Costco gray bath sheets - wide enough to protect the cushions from dirty hikers
> Costco 2x6’ runner - to protect the floor from grit in the soles of shoes/hiking boots
We’re currently working on bedding. It only took one night to learn that using queen size sheets, blanket etc. is way too time consuming to make and unmake each day. We’re currently looking for a queen size sleeping bag that could be rolled up and used as a long bolster pillow at the front of the dinning area. (Yes, we will be leaving those cute NEST pillows at home.) The key is finding a queen size sleeping bag, at a reasonable quality and price, that works indoors and looks good as a bolster pillow. Any ideas are welcome.
Please reply with how you feathered your NEST.
p.s. This post is intended to help new NEST owners (potential buyers) to think through what they might buy/use to feather their NEST.