Oh wow, what great information you guys posted. Thank you so much!!!
Rossue: Silly me didn't even know the inverter would have to run all the time to run something that is on all the time, like a clock. Wasn't thinking!!! Yes, I am really really lucky. Another friend has a landscape biz and wants to take me out to pull his equipment trailer. Was going to go to the RV driving school near Chilliwack but I don't think I will have to now.
OneOleMan: Yes, that was the biggy my friend kept telling me: small adjustments. I am going to give up my coffee grinder after 30 years of buying whole beans but that flat iron is still calling me name.
Ron in BC: Really good information. That's what I was trying to figure out -- how long to be able to use each appliance. Good stuff to think about - thanks!
kstock11: great idea about using the wet cloths and fan. I'm not getting an air conditioner [though getting air-condition-ready in case of (please no!) resale] so this is a good tip! Thank you.
cpharley2008: yep, have been researching all the 12V options. "Hairdryer, just go outside.......
" Ha! Love it - am seriously thinking of getting my hair cut to about quarter inch!
Have never had a microwave and not getting one. Plan on the range top and mostly outdoors.
zardoz: thanks! Am leaning that way!
Greg A: Appreciate hearing someone else's take who has solar. Thanks!
gbaglo: Nice!!! And I'm likin' the price.
Patandlinda: I do too. And maybe a little portable one like gbaglo's.
Don & Teresa: Great idea, thanks!
Hi Cathy: Not getting a microwave but am getting a surge protector. Curious how that works -- reading the number of amps for an appliance. Can you explain. Thanks so much!
rbryan4: Not getting air conditioning (see next note
) and love the "keep it simple" advice. As always, thanks for your input!
Hi again Cathy:
(see above note to rbryan4) Thank you for the clarification!!! So much to learn, so little time.
56reader: Hi Linda! Have been thinking of you and your new Escape 19! Hope all is going well. I don't really want to get a generator--did a lot of research when I first decided to get an RV a year ago and decided against it. My friend assured me that the backing up will get easier but it takes some time. I've got nothing but.
A big tip she told me was to be sure to be able to see both of the trailer tires and always be checking them from both mirrors when doing the turns. Am going to try towing without a weight distribution hitch. Reace thought I should be ok with the Tahoe and the 17'. Take care!
davemacrae: Thanks. Coffee!!! Can't live without it!!! I'm going to give up my grinder though, use the paper cup thingies and heat water on the range or with a 12V water heater.
yardsale: Also giving up my beloved french press (thinking of how those grinds were going down my sink and also how long it would take me to clean it and wanting to reduce water usage) LOVE reading those great reports on solar!!!
Jim Bennett: OK, awesome info. "I can heat up anything on my stove and BBQ. I can make really great coffee in the time it takes to make it with an electric coffee maker" Yes!!!
I am going with the ETI solar though. Am very much looking forward to seeing how long I can stay, in BLM for example, with just my solar. What an adventure coming up. SO excited.
Thank you again to everyone!
This information has been invaluable and because of this have decided to not go with the 1500W inverter and, if necessary, get a small, inexpensive one in the future.