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Old 03-05-2013, 04:08 PM   #31
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Another thought, keeping your set up to 12v would allow a spare tug battery ICOE.
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Old 03-05-2013, 04:26 PM   #32
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My wife uses the propane furnace in the trailer as her hair dryer (it took a lot of convincing!!) and then the 300 watt inverter works for her hair straightener ....... works like a charm as far as I'm concerned ...............

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Old 03-05-2013, 10:41 PM   #33
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Boy, without doing the math, if one was to pull this 2,500 to 3,000 watts power, even dual batteries would not last long, I would think. You gotta excuse my amazement, it is just something way beyond what I thought that one would need. Though, as said before, these trailers are a huge move towards luxury for me, as opposed to having to rough it.
Remember Jim the idea is not to run that amount of power over long periods of time but to be able to run convenience items like a blender that draws 400 watts or an electric grill that pulls 14 amps aren't on for hours but short periods of time. The inverters need thick power cords to operate correctly..pretty simple!.
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:47 AM   #34
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I do understand the size of cable needed for a current draw, it is more the need for the power that has me surprised. Things like a blender or electric grill have never entered into my realm of consideration.

It is obvious some disagree with my way of thinking, that is fine, but I really do like to keep it fairly simple, and not haul along a lot of stuff (weight) when there are other simpler ways of dealing with things.

If you are a full timer, and living in your trailer it would be somewhat different, but I am just using it for relaxation and adventure, and not much for luxuries are really needed. For me, striving for simplicity trumps striving for luxury for when I go camping. For me it is truly an 'Escape'.
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:50 PM   #35
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In my case I could get away with a 300 watt inverter for my computer, various chargers, even an electric blanket. The reason for the 1000 watt inverter is for my mug of drip coffee each morning. Silly, but I do live in the trailer for months at a time...
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Old 03-06-2013, 04:36 PM   #36
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I generally agree with the "keep things simple" philosophy. But, there are occasions when a bit of luxury is fun. Got a glamping weekend with the girls? Bring along a blender for margaritas... A bunch of families getting together for a weekend? Maybe bring along a screen, projector and video player to show a scary camping movie.

Not something I'd do every time, but a nice-to-have on occasion.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:23 PM   #37
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We get together with large groups of family and friends many times a year. Daytime is usually filled with a bit of work if we are on our land, and a whole bunch of wild sporting events like all-terrain bocce, horseshoes, frisebee, and playing in the water. Evenings are always a big campfire with a few guitars brought out. Even in the worst of weather we set up around the fire, and just make it as big as needed, and add a couple big tarps for rain.

We have done the margarita thing, but just buy one of those buckets you add the tequila and (I think) water too. Toss it in the freezer overnight, and scrape out some good magaritas the next day.

I love smoothies for breakfast, and do miss those while camping. We do take a small gen set sometimes though.
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:25 PM   #38
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If you're truly desperate for a camping smoothie or blended margarita, but don't want to engage in headache-inducing industrial rewiring discussions and/or modifications, there's this option: https://www.lehmans.com/p-4719-hand-...d-blender.aspx

Makes the resultant beverage all that much better!

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Old 03-06-2013, 10:36 PM   #39
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Why not kick it up a notch? Don't waste time and effort with a hand crank blender, get a 24 CC 2 stroke, 2-1/4 hp GAS operated blender by Tailgater! Amazon.com: Tailgator Gas-Powered Blender: Kitchen & Dining

One of you clever folks could probably even figure out how to use this to charge those batteries and make margaritas all at the same time. Yep, bet you didn't know you needed one of these.
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...We do take a small gen set sometimes though...
Jim, I am shocked!
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