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Old 06-14-2008, 03:00 PM   #1
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Converter/Charger (Inverter?)

We are almost ready to roll out of town for about 6 weeks and I came across something I didn't anticipate. Apparently, the converter charger is just that and it's not an Inverter. I realized this when I disconected shore power here at home and our newly installed undercabinet TV/Radio shut off. I found that now of the 110 outlets work when running on battery power. This is not a huge issue as I have and inverters installed in my TV, and I can use that to charge my laptop and whatever else I may need it for. I don't have a generator either.

Are most TT's setup with just a Converter/Charger where the 110 outlets are useless when off shore power or do newer models have Inverters built in? Is there an easy way to add an Inverter to make my outlet work when I am just on battery power or would this drain my battery really fast. Electrical tends to baffle me, but I stumble around ok, when I ask enough of the right questions.

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Old 06-14-2008, 03:41 PM   #2
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Re: Converter/Charger (Inverter?)

Hi Scott

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Are most TT's setup with just a Converter/Charger where the 110 outlets are useless when off shore power or do newer models have Inverters built in? Is there an easy way to add an Inverter to make my outlet work when I am just on battery power or would this drain my battery really fast.

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The brand new models 2007 being the last year, do not have “In”verters either as standard. Some people have them, but they are special ordered or they after market added. The camper is setup on 12 volts to be stand alone all except the 120 VAC side of life.

An inverter can be added, but larger batteries are also added at the same time. Some go solar charging, some go generator.

As far as easy, how easy depends on what it is you want to run. If you have something real small then a small 150 or 300 watt inverter as a stand alone thing clamped to the battery when needed is not that complex. I have one of these for emergencies. However to run something with a fair amount of current, microwave, hair dryer, this is not as easy.

There are a few on the forum here setup to go total bondocking and Eman being one of them will be by soon most likely. He lives for a long time never plugging into shore power.

Hope this helps

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Old 06-14-2008, 03:52 PM   #3
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Ok, that's what I thought. I'll probably, just get a small inverter and charge the laptop straight from the inverter and see how that goes.

I am very intrigued by the idea of living off just solar, but that's clearly a big up front investment. I plan to add a small solar panel to help maintain the battery and to "get my feet wet" with solar.

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I installed a 1200 watt inverter in my trailer to run the refrigerator when we're towing, Refrigerators draw little when they're running but a lot when they start. The refrigerator runs for more than a day off our Marine/RV battery.

The 1200 watts is enough to run our coffee pot and toaster.

It was $115 from Walmart.

We also have a 100 watt inverter ($20) in the tow vehicle, it plugs into the cigarette lighter that we use to run our laptop when we park outside a wireless hotspot. This has been very handy in Canada where most schools have a wireless hotspot they leave on day and night - they're called CAP for Community Access Program. We also use the car one to charge our cell phone.

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