A few weeks ago, the power went out for a bit. Never mind lights and running the TV or microwave, a good deal of the neighborhood didn’t have heat, and most of the same homes were not able to cook. I didn’t understand why, and then I learned that evidently, they have electric ignition on their stoves and furnaces. (Seems crazy to me, but there it is.) A few folks have wood stoves, but not most. Luckily it wasn’t terribly cold. And I suppose one can survive on chips or what’s-in-the-fridge for a short time. Or cook on a Coleman.
Funny ending to the story – I ran into a neighbor that frequently derides our 32′ RV. We got to talking about the power outage. She quipped, “I wouldn’t want to have to light a bunch of candles in there!” Her familiar, halting laugh followed … “Ha, ha, haaaaa!” She continued, “You know, sometimes the power goes out for two or three days here. And I bet it gets real cold in there real fast when the furnace is off.”
Well, I couldn’t resist. I explained that we have an inverter that automatically charges the battery back-up, we have gas and electric water heating, our lights are 12v and work no matter what; and our stove, oven, and furnace operate whether there is electricity or not.
“We’re good for about three days if the electricity goes out. And even after that, we have a 2500 watt generator. We’re good indefinitely. Only thing we can’t run is the microwave.”
Ha … ha … haaaaa.