I know, not recommended by the doctor, but I leave mine at home when I travel.Anyone have experience with a cpap in a superliner roomette? Tips? Tricks? Is it possible?
Many thanks for your thoughts!
This is guaranteed to happen in Spokane, Albany and San Antonio, where the respective trains are combined or split. The power usually isn't off for more than 20 minutes, and in the case of Albany, it's during the time when the CPAP user is awake anyway.if the train loses power
Many thanks! I have more confidence now bringing it. Great advice on not overfilling!I ride with a CPAP regularly in Superliner roomettes, have for years, and have it pretty much down. The CPAP goes on the "step" regardless of which direction the bed is set up. The hose is long enough. The "step" is diagonally across from the outlet, so power is a challenge. My solution is a power strip that I place behind the table next to window that also serves my various chargers. I plug an extension cord into that and run it beneath the window and tuck it into the gap between the seat cushion and head rest. I duct tape (and I will refuse to engage in the gaffers tape discussion) the power strip cord and the extension cord to the walls to make sure it stays out of the way and won't interfere with putting the bed up or down. It pretty much goes around the edge of the room on the window side. I carry a small container of distilled water. I do not fill up the CPAP water reservoir more than half full onboard.
The placement and power solution is different in Viewliner roomettes.
I don't have a travel battery, and endure the loss of power in Spokane regularly. I may get one in the future.
Upon boarding, I beaver around for about 10 minutes setting it all up.
Feel free to DM me with questions.
I’m with you. I never would even have thought about booking the H bedroom because of my CPAP. It really isn’t a big deal to use it a roomette, and I would feel like I had taken the H room away from someone who truly needs it when I really do not.I've never had a problem with a full size CPAP in any roomette flavor, Superliner, Viewliner, or VIA's classic ones (which, it must be said, are a bit challenging). Of course, they are generally smaller these days, anyway, but had no issue with them in the past.
Didn't know that a CPAP entitled one to an H room. I thought those were restricted to the mobility impaired (until 2 weeks out), and obstructive sleep apnea is no mobility impairment. In any case, I've had a CPAP since 1992 and have been traveling in roomettes the whole time. I would not feel at all good about grabbing an H room and possibly denying it to someone who actually needs its accessibility features.
I actually use a travel size CPAP machine when traveling (unless between February and May, when I must use the full size CPAP, I need the 90 day reading for CDL medical exam purposes)..This is guaranteed to happen in Spokane, Albany and San Antonio, where the respective trains are combined or split. The power usually isn't off for more than 20 minutes, and in the case of Albany, it's during the time when the CPAP user is awake anyway.
I would feel bad too about taking the room knowing I am mobile, fat, but still mobileA CPAP will enable you to use the H room as per Amtrak rules. I had to use one for an extended period after a sinus surgery. It’s a lot bigger room for theoretically the same price as a roomette and it has 2 outlets. You’ll have to call reservations so they can put it in the notes. Might help a lot if you don’t have a travel size cpap. Two trips on the SWC and CZ in 2018 no one batted an eye. Just throwing that out there.
One other point if you have a loud machine the H room is great since you have no neighbors at all. You‘re by the toilets and showers which was not an issue for us at all.
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