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Old 04-11-2014, 12:26 AM   #11
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If you need to run an electric coffee maker, instead of heating water over the propane stove and using a cone filter to make coffee, then you need a 1,500 watt inverter.
If you need to microwave broccoli instead of using a steamer on the propane stove, then you need a 1,500 watt inverter.
If you need to use a hair dryer instead of basking in the sun, then you need a 1,500 watt inverter.
There are so many ways of doing without one.
For charging your laptop and phone, you need maybe a 200 watt inverter that plugs into the 12V outlet.
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Does the hood fan run on 12v or 120V and if the latter, does the optional inverter/ transfer combo power it--- or is that a power sucking feature...and are there any online penalties for run on sentences
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Old 04-11-2014, 01:08 AM   #13
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Runs on 12V and makes enough noise that you don't have to worry about leaving it on longer than necessary.
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Old 04-11-2014, 01:19 AM   #14
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Thanks, I guess
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On our stick trailer we don't use the hood, too noisy. When we choose to cook inside the fantastic fan does a good job. I have seen folks that replaced the stock fan with computer boxer fans to quiet it down. The hood is not on our build list.

I'm also skipping the inverter, for now. The only reasons I would go with one would be for the microwave or a hair drier, neither of which is very practical when not on hookups. I'll keep it in mind as an add on though as we're planning on more and longer trips with the Escape.
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Old 04-11-2014, 03:26 AM   #16
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I'm getting a range hood too. The light is nice, but with my hazardous pyrotechnic cooking skills, it's good to have it, or the smoke detector becomes a real pain.

The cost of the inverter to me isn't cost effective. Most devices I use in my camper are 12V, so either pickup a less expensive after-market one, or a small generator.
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I have solar and bought a 600 watt inverter for $49.00, it plugs in and I can use it for television and charging which is all I need it for. As for the range hood, on our recent trip from Chilliwack ( 11 nights) there was only one night that the weather allowed us to cook outside. Either rain, cold or wind was present when it was time to cook so we had to cook inside and I found the range hood a necessity. The fan is an option but I didn't want cold air blowing through the trailer.
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...I cleaned out our hood fan last year, and am glad that that grunge was not on the workings of the ceiling fan...
Exactly! I would much rather clean the gunk out of the hood fan than the ceiling, cupboards, and maxi-fan!

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...I do not have an inverter as I have nothing to use it for. We have fashioned our RVing style to be independent of 120V, as it is rarely an option anyway...
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For charging your laptop and phone, you need maybe a 200 watt inverter that plugs into the 12V outlet.
We use 12V chargers, or you can get a 12V plug that has one or two USB charging outlets on it, and just use the USB cable from your AC charger.

I have a 300W inverter somewhere, but it hasn't been used since I bought my Escape 19..
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:42 AM   #20
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Thanks everyone for your input. Now that my wife has seen hair dryer twice in these posts (the thought never entered her mind until now!) Can someone please explain battery drain on running a dryer for 15mins so she can see it!
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