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Old 06-22-2015, 06:40 PM   #11
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Erik, I also questioned our need for a big inverter when we started looking at our options list for the build sheet. Several of my friends got it for their trailers, but I couldn't figure out why I'd ever need one (since it won't run the air conditioner). Yes, using appliances will drain the batteries (thus the advice to go with the dual 6 volt batteries, which have much more storage than the Group 29 upgrade), and as well the inverter uses power to invert power from DC to AC. We decided not to get it... but, then, we already have a 12v "Endless Breeze" fan, don't use a coffeemaker or hair dryer, etc. Our small electronics can be charged off either the 12v or with a small portable inverter that we already have (and use).

I hope this helps you figure out what's best for YOUR camping style and needs.
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Old 06-22-2015, 07:23 PM   #12
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These type of questions come up frequently. An easier way to think about it is that the electrical is a SYSTEM, and that system can have many components depending on what you want or need. In our case, we like the option of having plenty of power when we boondock, and not having to worry about draining the batteries. So, we went with solar and dual 6v batteries. It gives you more capacity as well as recharging. We find that by 10 or 11 am the next day after moderate to heavy inverter use, the batteries are already back at full charge.

There is no one solution for the electrical system that will fit everyone's needs. If you run 12v appliances only for example, or you rarely boondock, dual 6's, an inverter or solar may not make as much sense. Think about how you will use your trailer, and then equip accordingly.
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Old 06-22-2015, 08:05 PM   #13
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We opted for the smaller Escape supplied 600 watt inverter and no transfer switch. Its a compromise and we prefer to run everything on 12 volt since its more efficient. We use it for a curling iron (my better looking half), charging the cordless drill for the stabilizers, and charging the laptop. The downside of the 600 watt inverter is that it does not have the remote on/off switch. I'll probably wire in my own switch with a relay.
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I use a portable Harbor Freight plug in inverter ($20). Does everything we need. If anything, I wish we'd gone with another 12v plug or two.

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I use a portable Harbor Freight plug in inverter ($20). Does everything we need. If anything, I wish we'd gone with another 12v plug or two.

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Ok, so this leads me to my next question: if you only use 12v power do you get some extra 12v plugs installed? Because the way its set up, you only have one 12v inside and one outside.
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Ok, so this leads me to my next question: if you only use 12v power do you get some extra 12v plugs installed? Because the way its set up, you only have one 12v inside and one outside.
Hello Jalama Beach Boy; you're clearly on the 12V side as it were. And that's fine. Erik- you're buying a $30K trailer, do like Rbryan and get all the ETI options and then some that ETI doesnt' know about

Seriously though, there is one 12V plug inside but none outside. That is an AC outlet.
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You tell ETI how many you want and where you want them placed, which would be where you are likely to use them.
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Old 06-22-2015, 09:25 PM   #18
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Hello Jalama Beach Boy; you're clearly on the 12V side as it were. And that's fine.
Ross, you know how to rub it in! No Jalama for 3 more months, not cool!

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Ok, so this leads me to my next question: if you only use 12v power do you get some extra 12v plugs installed? Because the way its set up, you only have one 12v inside and one outside.
We added two 12Vs at the dinette and a third near the bed.
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We're adding a 12v outlet at the dinette, the galley (kitchen), head of the bed, and also one outside, next to the 120v.

ETI will also install 12v outlets with USB ports, but we decided not to get them. (We have 12v USB adapters already, and who knows what connections will be needed five to ten years from now? Is USB going to persist?)
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