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Old 03-08-2012, 08:25 AM   #41
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Re: 12v inverter recommendations?

Also, Roger - if I'm hooked up to shore power, I don't really worry about which plug I'm using, frankly... I don't carry any high demand appliances like a hair dryer or coffee pot, so even if something is plugged into an inverter outlet (like the tv), I don't have to unplug and replug into 110 as long as the inverter is turned on...

the battery is going to be charging under that circumstance and it really makes no difference whatsoever...

something like a hair dryer would be the only limitation I can think of... then you would have to plug into the standard 110 so you don't burn up the inverter.... the limit is the amount power generated by the inverter....
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Old 11-24-2013, 09:31 PM   #42
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I am a new to camping and deciding on options for a 19' Escape. Our primary camping will be from shore power. My question is: will we waste our money on a dedicated inverter and solar power. And does solar power require a inverter?
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Old 11-24-2013, 09:40 PM   #43
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I like the option to change my mind.
You might discover that you prefer the great outdoors so I'd at least ask that Escape prep for options that you may choose to install later.
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I am a new to camping and deciding on options for a 19' Escape. Our primary camping will be from shore power. My question is: will we waste our money on a dedicated inverter and solar power. And does solar power require a inverter?
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  1. You don't need an inverter just because you have solar power -- you can use an inverter even if you don't have solar. I used a small inverter for charging computer and camera batteries by plugging into a 12 volt outlet in our trailer or car.
  2. The advantage of having a dedicated inverter is that you can have 120 volt power available wherever you want in the trailer.
  3. An inverter can run down the battery or batteries in your trailer quickly if you use a lot of power and have no means of charging the battery or batteries
  4. If you have solar and are only using it to operate lights, furnace, water pump etc you don't need an inverter
  5. If you have solar and want to be able to run some 120 volt appliances then it makes sense to have a dedicated inverter.
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Old 11-25-2013, 12:29 AM   #45
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Off grid, can one use AC power from Escape's installed inverter at the same time as a portable solar panel is plugged into the seven pin trailer connector?

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The a/c can only operate off 120v ac and it's watts exceed the inverter's capacity. The inverter can operate the microwave and other small appliances, not the a/c. You will need a generator or campsite for it. You need to determine your 12v requirements and needs here is a good guide
The 12volt Side of Life (Part 1)
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Off grid, can one use AC power from Escape's installed inverter at the same time as a portable solar panel is plugged into the seven pin trailer connector?

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I assume AC means "alternating current" not "air conditioner" in your question. I don't see why you can't use the inverter in the way you describe.
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Me Culpa, I thought he was referring to the air conditioning.
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Thanks so much for the good info. So to make it clear if I have no intent to "boondoggle" I would not require either. Would solar power be enough to tricle my battery in a pinch, just to run lights?
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Depends on the size of the panel and your battery bank. The stock Escape 95 watt system is enough to keep dual 6 volts or 12v batteries fully charged everyday.
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