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Old 05-24-2013, 11:20 AM   #11
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I guess with an Escape solar install, one never has to worry about plugging in to a surge protector until the AC is needed!?!
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:22 PM   #12
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Those of you with a solar panel and an inverter.

Where is your inverter located, where did you splice into a 12v line or did you tap into the battery itself for simple 110v power. Does anyone have pictures?
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:16 AM   #13
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Spent this past weekend in the 19' camping at an unserviced site in Jasper National Park. Most of the weekend was cloudy with only a few sunny periods. We had pretty heavy morning and evening usage of the electrical including water pump, furnace (on-off all night), Max-fan, chargers for IPods, Television (watched a movie), and interior lights. Even with all of this, the dual 6V batteries with solar charger performed very well and I don't recall seeing the battery charge level drop below about 80 percent. I cannot say enough how happy we are with this system.

Despite the rain, I still managed to get some good whitewater paddling in on the Athabasca River with my son.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:02 PM   #14
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Those of you with a solar panel and an inverter.

Where is your inverter located, where did you splice into a 12v line or did you tap into the battery itself for simple 110v power. Does anyone have pictures?
You should connect the inverter directly to the battery with a fuse and appropriately heavy cables. We located ours under the front driver side bench seat since our battery is on the tongue.

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I connected 110 volt power from the inverter to the top of each of the 110 volt outlets. The bottom of each outlet is on shore power. (You can split the top and bottom of each outlet.) I installed a remote on/off switch for the inverter close to the front 110 volt outlet. We leave the inverter off except when we need 110 volt power. This saves a bit of energy.
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:02 AM   #15
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Reace installed our 1500 inverter the week before the Osoyoos retreat. It's new to us and again - we love it. He installed it next to the battery under the dinette, and the control panel for it is near our 02 and LP sensor (again - under the dinette). Easy access to turn on/off.

We asked Reace to change the outlet that houses our microwave and other 'kitchen' appliances. We have the 5.0, so the microwave is mounted on the counter opposite the shower/toilet area.

Love the inverter... When on the road we can stop, use the microwave, make a cup of coffee and get back on the road in minutes. When boondocking I can even use my blow dryer for my hair (under 1500 w). Happy Camper.
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Here is a photo of my installation. 1000w inverter wired directly to the batteries with #0 cable, fuse & switch.
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