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Old 01-12-2016, 02:52 PM   #1
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We are working on our build sheet and originally were just going with the stovetop. We didn't see a need for the oven and wanted the extra storage space. However, after thinking we (someday) might want to camp for extended times, we're thinking maybe the oven would be a good addition. Do any of you have the oven? If so, do you find it useful and what size pan can you put into it? Also, when using it during the summer does the heat from it make it hard to air condition the camper?
Another question on our build sheet is the inverter? Do you find it useful and if so, what do you use it for? How much does it drain the batteries?
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Old 01-12-2016, 03:18 PM   #2
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Another question on our build sheet is the inverter? Do you find it useful and if so, what do you use it for? How much does it drain the batteries?
This if one of those topics that gets a whole range of opinions. Bottom line: what are you going to use it for and how much?

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Old 01-12-2016, 03:34 PM   #3
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We are just completing our build sheet and nixed the oven and now I have changed my
mind, I like to roast stuff and make some other goodies, I think I will use it. I was going to buy a Breville oven that a few peeps on forum mentioned and I don't want another thing to set up and can only be used with power, so oven it is. we are not getting inverter, we will use portable inverters on as needed basis.
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Here's a good start on the oven discussion:

Oven pros and cons
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BlackJack is set up for non hook ups via everything operates(except the a/c) off 12v or propane. I skipped the microwave and use that space for a nice pantry. the oven is great in the winter for indoor cooking and in the summer, while cooking outside, one can store cookware inside it. The television and antenna operate off 12v as do all the lights, water heater, furnace, and computers. The refer also operates off propane. Solar and dual sixers are a must and you can find just about anything needed will work with 12v, we even have a heated 12v blanket for those rest stops. Just make sure you add extra 12v outlets.
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Jim, do you know what 12v blanket you use?
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Found it on Amazon, but that is all I remember, sorry.
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To get hot water heater and furnace running on 12V, what needs to be installed? (are going with solar and 2 6V's)
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Another question on our build sheet is the inverter? Do you find it useful and if so, what do you use it for? How much does it drain the batteries?
We have a very nice portable inverter. The problem is - it has only been used once. I'm still trying to justify the price.

Very rough rule of thumb - if the appliance you power with an inverter needs 100 watts, then the inverter will pull 125 watts from the batteries (25% lost in the conversion from 12 v to 120 v. Again - very rough guestimate). Scale that up (or down) as needed.

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To get hot water heater and furnace running on 12V, what needs to be installed? (are going with solar and 2 6V's)
Why not just run the hot water tank on propane. Get the dual propane setup.
I think the options on the hot water tank are propane or 120v. Hot water tank would be a big drain on the batteries on 120v inverter/converter??

The furnace runs on propane with some 12v to operate the fan. Not sure how much that consumes but the solar should top up the batteries the next day assuming there is sunshine!
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