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Old 08-29-2015, 06:16 AM   #11
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Similar situation to the last few comments. My wife asked for very little in the trailer. when she asked if she could have a microwave & also be able to use her hair dryer on low heat, she got it! Also can't wait to turn on the blender in the generator free section of the campground.
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Old 08-29-2015, 06:47 AM   #12
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You sound pretty similar to us. We don't need to have 120vac when traveling so we passed on the inverter. We have and use the microwave when we have hookups, the stove top works fine the rest of the time. Don't have a TV so no need there.

We do have occasion to recharge the laptop, cordless vac and drill, a small portable inverter works for them when needed.

I may add one to give my wife the hair dryer, but then I'd want even more solar so it's a slippery slope. Adding one later is no big deal unless you want the whole house xfer switch. We'll see how it goes this fall when we travel for a couple months.

Might have more need for 120vac when we start to snowbird this winter. From the looks of it all the state parks I'll be at in FL have hookups so no problem yet.

So from what you've said, I'd suggest you hold off on an inverter. If you are somewhat handy you can add it later, if needed.
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Old 08-29-2015, 09:39 AM   #13
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If you have any thoughts about wanting a large inverter, it is probably easier & cheaper to have it installed during the build that adding it afterwards. I added a 1000 watt inverter to my 17B, and since the original wiring was #10, had to redo the wiring from the batteries & the cross over wire between the batteries, going to the inverter manufacturer's recommended #0 wire. Not all that difficult, but you either need to have the cables made for you or have the tools necessary to crimp connectors, drill new holes in the trailer floor, find a place to mount the inverter, and deal with adding either a transfer switch or additional receptacles, etc.

By the way, the only reason I added it was to make a pot of drip coffee each morning. Silly, but I like to putter around the trailer with modifications & additions.
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Old 08-29-2015, 10:42 AM   #14
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As a side note.

When using one of the small portable inverters that plug into a lighter socket, you are limited by the 15A fuse to 180 watts, I think... You can buy them up to at least 1000W, but it's a waste. The fans are also fairly noisy for how little they are.
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Old 08-29-2015, 01:11 PM   #15
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If you have any thoughts about wanting a large inverter, it is probably easier & cheaper to have it installed during the build that adding it afterwards.
I think that it's somewhat model dependent. On the 19, with the battery on the tongue and space for the inverter just inside it's really easy to add the inverter. Not a very long cable run and in my case I just used stock battery cables from Canadian Tire.

At the simplest level, hook up two cables and you're done. Use the receptacles on the inverter as your 110 source.

A step up is hooking up the microwave circuit also. Not a biggie but you do have to add a switch to isolate the two 110 sources. In my case a simple two pole switch does the job.

Or you can pay the big bucks for the ETI set-up.

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Old 08-29-2015, 10:34 PM   #16
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We did the small 600w inverter as a compromise and wished we did the bigger one because it has a remote on/off switch. Right now our inverter is powering a few items in our house. A big windstorm took out our power today so I ran an extension cord out to the trailer to steal some. Plugged in our router and a few tablets. At least we got netflix
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Old 08-29-2015, 10:52 PM   #17
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Some of us don't need a hair dryer regardless of where we are camped. Only thing I've used a hair dryer for in the last 20 years has been
to dry touch up paint!
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Old 08-30-2015, 08:50 PM   #18
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Thank you all for all your comments and help. and it was a great help! This inverter thing was driving me nuts. Any ways it's out with the inverter and going with the solar panel and dual batteries with 3 extra 12 v plugs. We only need an inverter to charge a laptop and IPad so will buy a smaller plug in one for that purpose. Thanks everyone.
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Old 08-30-2015, 08:59 PM   #19
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We only need an inverter to charge a laptop and IPad so will buy a smaller plug in one for that purpose.
I know there are several people who say one can't have too many 12V plugs but with only a laptop and an IPad to charge, why would you need a total of four plugs? I have two and that's one too many.
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Old 08-30-2015, 09:01 PM   #20
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We live in the lower mainland and just experienced about a day without any power.

We were disparate for fresh ground coffee beans so used the little 90 watt inverter Liz had bought on a whim in our little Escape parked in the driveway. The coffee grinder worked fine.

We plan to use the inverter to charge our MacBook Pro when we are on the road. (Of course we have misgivings about traveling with an expensive laptop that could be stolen.).

It was great having the inverter!
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