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Old 12-29-2015, 04:53 PM   #11
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The Surge Protector is a good thing to have, but has nothing to do with solar.

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Old 12-29-2015, 05:06 PM   #12
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Thank you! This is info that helps understand the inverter/converter issue. (I might come up with some more questions later...)

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Old 12-29-2015, 05:14 PM   #13
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Doug - very nice intro to trailer power summary!
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Old 12-29-2015, 05:49 PM   #14
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Doug - very nice intro to trailer power summary!
2X! I agree, very informative.
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Old 12-29-2015, 05:58 PM   #15
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Electrical explanation

Doug's explanation was very well done. If there's a reference section for the inverter, solar and converter question every time it comes up , this could be the concise definitive post.
Nice job indeed.
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Old 12-29-2015, 06:27 PM   #16
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marry, please read this The 12volt Side of Life (Part 1) and part 2
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Old 12-29-2015, 06:50 PM   #17
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On a 19, the batteries are placed in a battery box or front storage box on the tongue of the trailer, not under the dinette. I have dual 6 volt batteries in a front storage box and this works fine, although it does make the tongue kind of heavy.

I also don't have an inverter and that's been fine for us. I have a small plug-in inverter and use it to recharge our electric toothbrushes. The surge protector is a great idea, as I have one experience already with overvoltage in a campground.
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Old 12-29-2015, 06:54 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Marry View Post
So 160W solar panel with charge controller and a surge protector I need?
And I will be able to use all plug ins in the trailer without further modification?
Also what is needed to use a portable solar on the side?
If you are getting solar, then I take it you want to boondock (not hooked into electric at a campground) at least some of the time. Yes, the two six-volt batteries are good to get with solar.

When not hooked up, if you want to use your 110 outlets and run a high-draw item such as a hair dryer, you need the 1500 watt inverter, and then can only probably run on low for a little while. Your 110 outlets will not work without an inverter and to use all of them, you need the transfer switch in addition to the inverter.
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Old 12-29-2015, 08:06 PM   #19
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So 160W solar panel with charge controller and a surge protector I need?
There are many options you can skip at first and add as you gain camping experience. For example, we asked ETI for "A/C ready", "Television Ready" and "Microwave ready" options but skipped the actual air conditioner, microwave & tv. The next owner can add these rather easily since the framework and wires are ready.

The same can be done for most options regarding batteries, solar, etc. If you ask ETI to build your trailer "solar ready" and "dual 6v battery ready" and add these later if you are so inclined and don't mind doing a bit of research and labor yourself. We also skipped the inverter and surge protector. I do own a nice inverter but have yet to find a solid reason to bring it along camping. And I was recently advised to bring a surge protector to a specific campground that will be our home for 4 months soon. I purchased a "full trailer" portable surge protector on Amazon and will take it along for this trip, but will leave it home for most boondocking.

The transfer switch may be one of the exceptions that you need ETI to install - if you decide you are doing the type of camping where you need one.

What really counts is knowing what your camping style is, and how it might evolve as you settle into your new trailer. We had the advantage of 40 years of tent camping and a few years of living on a sailboat. Still, probably, there is something that someday I am going to "wish I asked ETI for...". The other option is "get is all and hang the expense". That is not an unreasonable approach - puts the strain on your wallet and takes it off your mind.

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Old 12-29-2015, 08:07 PM   #20
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The Surge Protector is a good thing to have, but has nothing to do with solar.
It's also good to have 'em at home.

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