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Old 08-16-2014, 12:03 PM   #151
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Splitters are quick solution to the not-enough-12V-outlets problem, but the connections of those "lighter" style sockets and plugs are pretty marginal, so I would rather not have too many of them - I would avoid the wiring octopus. The phones and camera batteries probably all get put in one area, so I would rather just have a row of several DC outlets in that spot... all solidly connected to the trailer's wiring.
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Old 08-16-2014, 12:06 PM   #152
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I went with the extra capacity 12 volt, 1500 watt inverter & transfer switch. My wife can use her hair dryer on low heat or reheat for a short time in microwave on low. I live in the sunny south east. I can't wait to stay in the generator free section of the Smoky Mountain Nat'l park and use my blender to make a smoothie!
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Old 08-16-2014, 12:15 PM   #153
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I went 2x6V, 1500 watt inverter, full transfer switch, solar - I want to be able to use the microwave (some, not a lot) when dry camping with no generator. Also nice for coffee grinder. And used for power tools when working on it - my storage lot does not have power.
Next Toyota Truck you can get a bed-mounted 400W AC outdoor outlet. Works well enough to run a small air compressor, too!
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Old 08-16-2014, 01:10 PM   #154
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Next Toyota Truck you can get a bed-mounted 400W AC outdoor outlet. Works well enough to run a small air compressor, too!
I actually have this in the back of my 2014 FJ Cruiser. I've never used it so I don't know how well it works. I guess I should go give it a try.
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Old 08-16-2014, 01:14 PM   #155
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I decided against having an inverter in our new trailer. When I posted the build sheet D. Bailey wisely said "go all in or go home" in regard to the inverter. The more we thought about, the more we decided that we could pretty easily live with 12v for everything. I am getting this charger for the Macbook pro. Easy enough to find 12v USB plugs for the cellphone, the iPad, etc. We have a 12 volt tv and DVD player. So the only thing we would be using the inverter for is the microwave and perhaps one of Lindy's hair appliances. (curler & dryer). She has a hair curler that works off a small butane cartridge. we don't carry a plug in griddle or fry pan. Lindy makes her coffee using an Aero press. We couldn't think of anything else that would require an inverter.
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I am getting this charger for the Macbook pro.
Good comments. There is one small technical consideration though for those who use a PC instead of a Mac, depending on the model. My laptop (which I am forced to use because it's the only one that can authenticate with my corporate network) has an Intel Core i7 processor and a ton of RAM. It has pretty high power requirements. When you use a DC "airplane" adapter to power it, the power bus senses the lower power input and 'steps down' the processor. The effect of this is that the pc runs MUCH slower than when it's connected to shore power. In my case, that's a problem because I need all the processing power to multitask for work. If you're just surfing the web or doing one thing at a time, it's not really an issue.
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Our thinking was quite similar to Leon's (#155). We dove into the 12 volt world. The hair dryer thing was a bit of an issue for Liz. She did, however, buy the butane hair curler.

And like Glen said earlier on this thread about making coffee - we are camping and wait a few minutes for things to brew. I'll probably pick up a manual bean grinder someplace,

We did put in an conditioner but of course will only be using that when fully hooked up.

And we went totally Apple awhile ago. So will also be ordering the same MacbookPro charger Leon mentions in his post.
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Our thinking was quite similar to Leon's (#155). We dove into the 12 volt world. The hair dryer thing was a bit of an issue for Liz. She did, however, buy the butane hair curler.

And like Glen said earlier on this thread about making coffee - we are camping and wait a few minutes for things to brew. I'll probably pick up a manual bean grinder someplace,

We did put in an conditioner but of course will only be using that when fully hooked up.

And we went totally Apple awhile ago. So will also be ordering the same MacbookPro charger Leon mentions in his post.
On the coffee grinder side, I went with the Porlex JP-30 Stainless Steel coffee grinder. It's compact and does a great job. As to AC, when you need it, you really need it! My wife and I spent a day at Lake Mead off grid and 99 degrees. We plugged a fan in with the inverter on, and stayed hydrated and survived. The next day, was still 98 degrees in Utah and we happily accepted hookups to run AC!
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Old 08-16-2014, 03:45 PM   #159
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I am getting this charger for the Macbook pro.
Good to see that 12V DC supplies are now readily available with Magsafe (1 and 2) output connectors. Last I checked, this type of device was made with Magsafe connectors salvaged from dead AC adapters; perhaps the connector is available now., although Wikipedia (hardly authoritative : ) says
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Apple exclusively owns US Patent No. 7311526 ("Magnetic connector for electronic device", issued in 2007) and does not license the MagSafe connector or the patent.
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Although Apple does not license the MagSafe connector for use in third-party products, manufacturers have devised a workaround: their MagSafe items use the actual connector from Apple's AC adapter, grafted onto their own product.
I have a genuine Apple 12V DC power cord with the Magsafe connector. Although we have not used it, it is well known for being unable to charge the laptop... it just extends the operating time. It is no longer offered by Apple.
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