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Old 04-30-2016, 02:13 PM   #31
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nothing like scrapple cooked in bacon grease......mmmmm good.
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Old 04-30-2016, 02:21 PM   #32
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Jon, how do you connect the portable panel to the system? Is there a junction box where the roof solar and portable solar meet up? What kind of connection do you have on the exterior of the coach? I'm planning on adding a portable panel but have no idea how to connect everything. Thanks.
I added a second output connector to my portable panel that bypasses the controller. In the trailer I added one of the same connectors the portable panel uses - a automotive SAE connector. I found a surface mount version at SolarSeller.com, item E.

I ran wires from the new connector to the input of the GoPower controller. I did it this way so all the solar panels (and everything else) goes through my Bogart battery monitor, letting me keep track of actual amp hours in and out of the batteries. If you don't have a monitor, you could use the controller built into the portable panel & add a connector directly to the battery(ies).
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Old 04-30-2016, 02:25 PM   #33
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While it works, it is a lot of work and time for something that would take a 2-3 minute run of a microwave.

Although I agree I also think, what is the rush, the whole purpose of camping is to slow down and smell the roses.
I agree on not worrying about a "rush" - I cooked many frozen burritos the slow way while dry camping in Quartzsite this winter. However, there were times I got back to the trailer a little before dark & really didn't want to spend the hour it takes to bake in the Dutch Oven compared to 2-3 minutes in a microwave. Don't get me wrong - I've generally been quite content over the last 5 years without one (no TV either!)

Besides, I'm retired. Haven't been in a rush since 2001...
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Old 04-30-2016, 02:29 PM   #34
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There you go.....and I bet you do not miss the rush, I know I do not....
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I agree on not worrying about a "rush" - I cooked many frozen burritos the slow way while dry camping in Quartzsite this winter. However, there were times I got back to the trailer a little before dark & really didn't want to spend the hour it takes to bake in the Dutch Oven compared to 2-3 minutes in a microwave. Don't get me wrong - I've generally been quite content over the last 5 years without one (no TV either!)

Besides, I'm retired. Haven't been in a rush since 2001...
Jon I so admire your relaxed and sensible pace of life ..... Bravo. :-)

Thanks Jon for putting the Bogart Battery Monitor on my radar

I added to my build sheet details "pre wire for battery monitor" (as ETI will not wire in a battery monitor)

The cost is fairly minimal, and as we boondock a lot and will have ETI solar plus they will add a tap in plug to add our portable solar on a long wire. Plus dual 6v.... So the Bogart battery monitor will tell us really what is going on.

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Umm, why not? We do. It's not an all or nothing situation. It's a matter of using the microwave sparingly sometimes but usually we have enough battery power to heat a bowl or soup etc.

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We opted for the inverter. Still have not figured out how to run the microwave when not hooked up to shore power though
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Our 2014 had the option of larger inverter (1500watt) and smaller inverter. We got the larger.

It also had the option for one outlet to be powered or all of them. We got all of them. I'm not sure if the microwave gets power if you just got "one" outlet powered. It might power the one visible outlet and the microwave.

For us, we push the button to power up the inverter. We see the green led light on the button, and we then use the microwave like we're on shore power, but of course more sparingly.
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We opted for the inverter. Still have not figured out how to run the microwave when not hooked up to shore power though
As others have mentioned, if you have the 1500 watt inverter it should power the microwave, provided the outlet it uses is connected to the inverter. I assume you also got the "automatic transfer switch to all outlets" option as well? If so, the microwave outlet is part of that.
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As others have mentioned, if you have the 1500 watt inverter it should power the microwave, provided the outlet it uses is connected to the inverter. I assume you also got the "automatic transfer switch to all outlets" option as well? If so, the microwave outlet is part of that.
Yes, we chose to have all outlets powered by the inverter. I guess I need to know how to turn it on? Newbie problems!
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Yes, we chose to have all outlets powered by the inverter. I guess I need to know how to turn it on? Newbie problems!
Just turn on the remote, wait a couple minutes. Voila!

If that doesn't work, the switch on the inverter itself may be in the ON position. Turn it OFF to use the remote.
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