Leaving Dungeness Recreation Area on Thursday, July 30, I couldn't help but think that all the campers in our loop were cheering to see the big, noisy, stinky motorhome pulling out of their lovely natural campground.
|How I felt in the middle of a wildlife refuge!
Dry camping is so noisy. The generator is loud (and stinks). The water pump is loud.
Breaking the peace and quiet of the forest at 8 AM to charge the batteries that worked during the night to keep the residential frig going, and to turn on the Keurig is just wrong. We have instant coffee and the kettle for before 8, but really we're pretty spoiled when it comes to our coffee.
Maybe no one else can hear the water pump for every flush and rinse, but I can hear it. It's annoying.
After hours away from the rig, we have to make noise again for a couple hours - making dinner time with family around the campfire less pleasurable I'm sure. One more 30 minute run before bed....well, you get it. I hate it.
We didn't watch movies or need the AC. I used the microwave a couple times during the afternoon "runs". But we were very frugal with our power usage. Not a bad thing, but we still had to run the generator too much for my comfort level.
There was sun every day, and solar panels would make all the difference. Not every where, but at that site in Dungeness, it would have been great!
We did learn more about the electric system, gaining more confidence in managing the power usage and charging times. Mostly I learned it's noisy and I'm not a fan.
I realize the generator will still get used on cloudy days, and on high power usage days. Solar won't take its place completely, especially with the big frig.
But hopefully, it won't be needed so much, and I won't feel like such big noisy, polluting intruder in the most beautiful natural places we love.
So we'll just wait for solar before we dry camp again.