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Old 02-14-2016, 08:11 PM   #1
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Do I need an inverter?

My new 2016 Escape 5.0 TA does not have an inverter. It does have 2 6v batteries and 150 W solar panel. Do I need to add the non switchable 1500 inverter?

Tammy said an inverter was not installed on my ready to go trailer.

I do own 2 Yamaha 2000 generators however.
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Old 02-14-2016, 08:33 PM   #2
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It is really hard to answer that question without knowing how you like to camp. I have solar and dual 6 volt batteries. I also have a 150 pure sine wave inverter which plugs into a 12v outlet to power a television for my wife. I can do without all other electrical items. So do you need an inverter? It depends in whether or not you need to run certain appliances.
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Old 02-14-2016, 10:07 PM   #3
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I have to admit I do like my gadgets. I need a coffee pot, I do enjoy the tv in the evening, I would charge my phone, and iPad etc. I usually camp in campgrounds but want to be prepared to stay at a Cracker Barrel while on the road if need be. In the heat I need an ac. So does that mean the inverter is a yes?
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You can make coffee with a cone filter holder and a thermal carafe, boiling water on the propane stove.
You can get 12V / USB chargers for the iPhone and iPad and for some TVs. Option for those is to use a small inverter if you use 120V chargers.
You won't be able to run an air conditioner off of your batteries, with or without an inverter.
You can run the air conditioner with your generator ( maybe ), but you will annoy your neighbours.
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I have to admit I do like my gadgets. I need a coffee pot, I do enjoy the tv in the evening, I would charge my phone, and iPad etc. I usually camp in campgrounds but want to be prepared to stay at a Cracker Barrel while on the road if need be. In the heat I need an ac. So does that mean the inverter is a yes?
People use 1500-watt inverters to run a microwave for a few minutes, not for long, and to run other high-draw items such as a hair dryer on low.
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My new 2016 Escape 5.0 TA does not have an inverter. It does have 2 6v batteries and 150 W solar panel. Do I need to add the non switchable 1500 inverter?

Tammy said an inverter was not installed on my ready to go trailer.

I do own 2 Yamaha 2000 generators however.
When you're on shore power, your AC outlets work with no inverter. When you boondock, they don't. You decide if that's important enough for an inverter. If you don't plan on powering any AC appliances or devices, you don't need it. Many have gone with all 12v appliances/gadgets, and it works for them. It's also more efficient, because inverting the power from DC to AC means some power loss. Inverters are not 100% efficient.

As for us, we like our AC appliances, and we like to boondock, so we went with the inverter. Nothing wrong with a generator, so long as you are camping where it won't disturb others.
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If you plan judiciously you may not need generators. Everything on your trailer will operate off either 12v which is battery and solar or propane, stove and furnace. Your water pump is 12v so you have a bathroom. Most electronics these days are also 12v, but to use it at home you need to convert it to 120v. My lap top, my television with dvd, both operate off 12v. You can cook or make coffee off your stove and run your refrigerator off propane. No generators, no noise.
Save the hook ups for air conditioning.
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The important point to understand as Glenn has stated you cannot run the air conditioner without being plugged into electricity (shore power). There are ways to make coffee without 120v AC power, and there are 12v DC televisions and electronic devices such as cell phones and tablets can be charged on 12v. If I didn't have a Toshiba TV that requires AC power, I wouldn't even bother with the small inverter I have.
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Ok, thank you all for the input! I ordered a small tv that can run on AC or DC. So it looks as though the inverter is not going to be necessary. Now I understand better.
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Old 02-16-2016, 07:40 PM   #10
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Well, I ended up going with the 1500 w inverter being installed on my 5.0 ta. Turns out
it can be on all the outlets too. Might as well make the trailer as user friendly as I can
get it! The only thing it shouldn't handle without hookups is the ac. I am sure looking forward to some fun times ahead!
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