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Old 02-25-2015, 09:10 PM   #11
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Jill, it's easier if you boil it down to basics. The question to ask is do you want to use an ac outlet when boondocking? If no, no need for an inverter. If yes, get one.

As for the Air Conditioner, the inverter doesn't output enough wattage to run it. Its a hookup only thing. The solar offered on an Escape doesn't change that.

Solar allows you to keep your batteries up when boondocking, and IF you have enough solar and enough battery capacity to store the power it produces, you can go unhooked indefinitely without running out of power. The single 160w panel and dual 6v batteries we got will be adequate for extended boondocking, provided we don't try to run appliances all the time.

The Microwave that ETI installs is a 1000 watt, so a 1500 watt inverter will run it just fine.

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Old 02-25-2015, 10:16 PM   #12
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Ok; my $.02 worth: had dual 6V on 17B w/no solar and then solar/inverter with single 12V with the 21. The 17B was good for maybe 4 days max before needing a charge. The 21 battery is never below 2/3 charge w/solar.

In CA and other sunny states a single Group 29 12V($75 upgrade) w/solar will be fabulous, irrespective of whether you want to run your AC on it(which is impossible). However, if you would rather not have the drone of a "GenSet" (noisy stinky generator) BUT want to run an appliance or two(like a VitaMix) then by all means get the solar/inverter- but save $175 and pass on the dual 6V batteries. We've been out in the 21 a LOT since 9/17 and there is no issue with battery charge.
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Old 02-25-2015, 10:26 PM   #13
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Ross, do you have an inverter?

We have been to campgrounds where we are in deep wooded areas and I wonder if a solar panel would get a thing. That's the little problem with fiberglass --- you need to be out of the sun as far as UV but you need to be in the sun for solar.
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Old 02-25-2015, 10:31 PM   #14
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Hi Wally- I do have the 1500W inverter plus transfer switch. The thing is- I almost bought a 40W portable solar panel for the 17B....there is a thread that posts how one can hook up a simple Bargman type plug- and it only takes 4 hours to charge dual 6V batteries. So its not all or nothing; you're going to get good charging while driving down the highway(at least) unlike your vehicle can provide.
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Hi Wally- I do have the 1500W inverter plus transfer switch. The thing is- I almost bought a 40W portable solar panel for the 17B....there is a thread that posts how one can hook up a simple Bargman type plug- and it only takes 4 hours to charge dual 6V batteries. So its not all or nothing; you're going to get good charging while driving down the highway(at least) unlike your vehicle can provide.
Good points. Also, you will still get some charging even in the shade, although its quite reduced. The cells are photovoltaic, which means they react to the light. More light (direct sun) more power. As for UV protecting the trailer, try 303. Can't do much about the heat from being in the direct sun though.
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Given that technology changes so quickly, there's a good chance that solar power technology could some day soon be sufficient to power the air conditioner right? And if that's the case we would want the inverter. I think we will get it for now, because "we" are not handy enough to add something like that later.

Thank you for the input on the dual batteries Ross, but we'll probably still get them. I know we want to do a lot of off season camping, and with our drought parched climate now, the thought of days in the Pacific North Wet with rain and no sun sounds delightful!

Looks like ours will be a full build. It sure is hard to eliminate options when you don't have an established pattern for how you will camp.
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Hi Jill- rain does sound good! March Miracle?
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If u are running a 120v television then u will need the inverter if dry camping.

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Hi Jill- rain does sound good! March Miracle?
Let's hope so - it's our last chance of the season I think!
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If u are running a 120v television then u will need the inverter if dry camping.

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We were thinking of getting the TV ready option but try watching TV from our laptop first. Laptops run on 12V for recharging right? What if we plug in a better monitor - do you know if that would be 12V or 120?
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