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Old 12-08-2017, 01:05 PM   #1
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what do you run off the inverter

I wondering if i need the inverter option . I cant think of anything I might run except a TV . I might be over looking something.

I assuming a 12 volt tv would be a better option . I will get the duel 6's and solar , I will run a CPAC machine .I have DC converter that will convert the 12 volts to 24 volts that the machine needs.

where also considering a oven instead of microwave or just using outside grill.
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Old 12-08-2017, 01:14 PM   #2
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what do you run off the inverter

CPAP, Instant Pot, immersion blender, laptop, camera battery chargers, etc.

We got rid of original microwave in our 17 for more cabinet space and didn’t miss it. Did miss an oven, so got that in the 19, and have used it a bunch so far.
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Old 12-08-2017, 01:54 PM   #3
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We bought a portable inverter 5 Years ago .
The inverter is still in the original package and has never been used,
in fact I don't know if it even works.
We charge our phone ( singular) in our vehicle and carry no other electronics.
For us an inverter serves no useful purpose except to take up space.
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Old 12-08-2017, 02:25 PM   #4
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Michael, we cook with our Instant Pot occasionally. Half of the times we do use it, we have hookups, so the inverter isn't necessary. We've also used a household toaster with it. To be honest, we seldom use the inverter, and if I were filling out a build sheet right now, I'd probably nix the inverter and just do 12V across the board. Besides, you lose alot of power doing the inversion, so it's nowhere near as efficient as just using 12V devices.
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Old 12-08-2017, 02:30 PM   #5
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I am another who does not have an inverter and probably would never use one if we did have it. My devices all work off of the 12V system with no need for AC.
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Old 12-08-2017, 02:45 PM   #6
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We got the whole house inverter and haven’t used it yet since picking up our trailer in April. We’ve probably boondocked half the time.


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We have the inverter and use it for the microwave (short heat ups) occasionally. That is about all (my wife really wanted the microwave so we got it). I am a believer in better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. If it were up to me I would have not gotten the built in microwave, but probably still would have gotten the inverter.
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I don't use the inverter for anything important, recharging a few things that need 120v to charge, but could be done with a small portable inverter. I also use the toaster and now an electric blanket, neither of which are needs, just wants. Oh yea, the TV when the superbowl is on, another thing that could run off a portable.
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Old 12-08-2017, 04:59 PM   #9
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We use our inverter quite a lot, reheating things in the microwave, coffee maker, toaster, Eileen’s hair dryer and the blender gets a good workout during the summer.
With the dual 6 volt batteries, roof mounted and portable solar panels we have no problem keeping everything going.



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Old 12-08-2017, 05:31 PM   #10
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Charge my electric razor, Android box for watching movies and 24 inch led tv.
And charging a little handheld vacuum, because it is 9volts.
My inverter is a 300 watt unit because I knew I would not be doing anything heavier with it.
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I didn't get the ETI inverter option but I do own a 1000 watt pure sine wave inverter. So far, used it 1 time in 4 years of camping. And my Tacoma has a small inverter that has never been used.

In the "old" days - before all my hair fell out - we had a small cheap inverter on the boat that we used for an electric blanket. Did get a lot of milage out of that one. But note that the 200 watt blanket could flatten a big battery in a couple of nights of use. Making heat from a battery is a significant power hog.

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Old 12-08-2017, 06:28 PM   #12
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Madeline and I did not get the inverter or solar in the 17 and do not miss it. We did get dual 6v. We do have a 100 watt portable panel and carry a Honda 2000 just in case. That said we like the simplicity and carry no appliances. We watch downloads from Amazon on a tablet. That's a big screen in a 17 isn't it?

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I wondering if i need the inverter option . I cant think of anything I might run except a TV . I might be over looking something.

I assuming a 12 volt tv would be a better option . I will get the duel 6's and solar , I will run a CPAC machine .I have DC converter that will convert the 12 volts to 24 volts that the machine needs.

where also considering a oven instead of microwave or just using outside grill.
toaster (oh toasted bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon while camping are so yummy and quick and easy)

NutriBullet for serious smoothies.

espresso machine on occasion

charging D-SLR batteries with 110 v charger

laptop

etc.

all of which would be more difficult without 110v

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Old 12-08-2017, 08:37 PM   #14
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No generator, so anything that needs 120V. Drip coffee maker, toaster, microwave, camera battery chargers, drill & vacuum battery chargers, Heat shrink gun, and hot pot for tea. I have 12 power supplies for my laptop and one camera battery, otherwise they would also be charged with the inverter.
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Old 12-08-2017, 08:48 PM   #15
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I became very tired of the expensive battery operated vacuum cleaners that did not work worth a hoot. We now use our 110 volt Shark unit frequently to clean the inside of the trailer, works great. This beside the more frequent microwave usage and the very infrequent toothbrush charging.

Its all about the microwave.
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We do not have ETI installed inverter. We bought a 300 watt pure sine wave inverter that plugs into 12 socket mounted under seat near battery. Note that at 300 watts, you draw 25 amps from the battery. Requires short stout wiring to prevent overheating. ETI wiring to more remote 12 V sockets drops enough voltage that inverter protection is triggered. We rarely need more than 100 watts for laptop, coffee grinder, drill/vacuum battery, camera batteries.
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Old 12-08-2017, 09:35 PM   #17
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For anyone who wants toast but doesn't want to use up your batteries, consider doing a toaster over your propane stove.

Just another option.... There are lots of brands but here is one example. YMMV.

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https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-20000...SIN=B00HNJS3FA
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I've had one of those toasters.
Get much better results toasting English muffins on the BBQ.
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If I knew where that toaster was, I'd remove all the wires and use the base on a burner as a simmer plate. I think it should work.
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Old 12-08-2017, 09:49 PM   #20
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I've had one of those toasters.
Get much better results toasting English muffins on the BBQ.
I've done it that way too and I find it easier to get consistent results over a BBQ. Over the stove is sometimes convenient if we are inside for breakfast. Over the stove, it is possible to get "good" results but you do have to be sharp on timing and I have to rotate them frequently to get it more even.
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