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Old 02-10-2016, 08:40 AM   #11
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There's a YouTube video in which the guy uses a Line Splitter and a Klein meter to measure the actual amps used on the Vitamix at both low and high speed. At high speed it showed 7.3 amps. That roughly translates to 877 Watts. A 1500 Watt inverter should handle it.
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Old 02-10-2016, 05:45 PM   #12
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We thought a lot about this and finally decided to go with 12 V appliances. Julie got a pressure cooker so we can make dinners quickly with propane. If we did opt for the inverter we would certainly have gotten the five switch option.
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If one does not get the transfer switch w/inverter then you pick one plug for 120V. Glad we have the inverter and transfer switch. We can charge our camera battery, make coffee, charge up the tire pump and cordless torque wrench batteries very easily and on any plug.

We wanted a 3000 watt inverter thinking that was what a vitamix required after calling them. Long story short: the 1500W Samlex does power a vitamix- perhaps not as robustly as a larger unit but we're happy. Also, the cables are over twice the size for a 3000W inverter and ETI wasn't keen on installing them.
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Old 02-11-2016, 08:43 AM   #14
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We don't have any need for an inverter at this point of time, so are not planning to put one in. If at a later date, maybe once we have the time for extended trips, should we find we do have a desire for one, how hard would it be to install, especially with a transfer switch.

Doing the actual work does not bother me at all, I can handle that. I am more thinking about the logistics of running the cabling, location of the devices, etc. Would this be an easy task in the 5.0? Is there maybe something that should be considered at build time?
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There are plenty of plug in 110v inverters. I have one from Harbor Freight that costs about $20 US and gives us AC in those rare occasions we need it. We switched our chargers and XM over to 12v and honestly haven't used the inverter in the last year.

We miss the coffee pot and Ann wishes she could use the curling iron but that's about it.
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Right now, we are no different Greg. We have a 300W plug in that almost never gets used. All chargers are 12V, with the odd one we use our plug in inverter for, but usually just use the one in the truck when driving.

My wife, and on rare occasion, uses a butane curling iron. The furnace makes a great blow dryer for her too.

This the wonder about the ease of install at a later date, should we ever deem it necessary.
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Ann uses the 120v plug in the truck when she wants to enjoy the comforts of civilization. To us, and I'm thinking you too, camping is camping. Haven't done the wifi extender, or expresso machines yet but have yielded to the 21st century with XM. Sat tv and the microwave is a cheap thrill when we have power.

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There are two major concerns about adding an inverter after the trailer is wired.

1. The standard #10 wiring is not heavy enough for a 1500 watt inverter. You will need to either replace the original wiring or run new wiring between the batteries & the inverter. Depending on the recommendations of the inverter manufacturer, you may be using as large as #0 wire for even a 1000 watt inverter, wire about 1/2" in diameter. Depending on battery & inverter locations, this can be difficult. With standard batteries, the inverter must be in a different location so that battery gases & the inverter don't mix.

I added a 1000 watt inverter without a transfer switch to my 17, and since the batteries are on the rear bumper, running the wiring was an involved process.

2. If you use a transfer switch to provide whole house inverter power, you can't transfer all the 120v circuits. If the inverter fed the converter, you would have a loop that would cause difficulties. High current loads such as an electric side of a water heater, the air conditioner, etc would overload a small inverter, and put an unacceptable demand on the batteries even if the inverter was large enough.

The solution is usually to install a second distribution panel, move the breakers circuits that you want on the inverter to the new panel, and use the transfer switch to switch that panel between the inverter & a circuit from the original distribution panel. If there is only one 120v circuit to be switched, it is a little easier, but in any case it is important that the converter is not powered by the inverter.

I've seen whole house installations where the owner switches off the converter breaker before firing up the inverter & instructs everyone not to turn on the water heater or AC. This method is easy to do, but can have limited success.
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There are plenty of plug in 110v inverters. I have one from Harbor Freight that costs about $20 US and gives us AC in those rare occasions we need it. We switched our chargers and XM over to 12v and honestly haven't used the inverter in the last year.

We miss the coffee pot and Ann wishes she could use the curling iron but that's about it.
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I was surprised to see that Earline's curling iron only uses 70watts, so at least that item may be back in business with the small inverter. Can't help you on the coffee pot.
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Our trailer has the 1 outlet, and the one on the inverter itself. We are the second owner, so it was not a choice.

I would probably order the transfer switch if I was ordering a new trailer, but I admit we have made do with the one. We mostly use it for the TV with the outlet below the fridge, and we plug the DISH RX directly into the inverter since they are both below the front driver's side bench seat.
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