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Old 07-27-2015, 11:39 AM   #81
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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.
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Old 07-27-2015, 11:43 AM   #82
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rbryan4: Not getting air conditioning (see next note ) and love the "keep it simple" advice. As always, thanks for your input!
Just to be clear, Ellen, my comment about the inverter had nothing to do with Air Conditioning. It was about Alternating Current - the kind of electricity that's in your house.
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Ha! Know that now. My mistake for sure. Thanks!

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Just to be clear, Ellen, my comment about the inverter had nothing to do with Air Conditioning. It was about Alternating Current - the kind of electricity that's in your house.
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Old 07-27-2015, 12:38 PM   #84
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Now that would be a good reason for an inverter!

I guess really it depends on how often you will use it. If daily then the price doesn't seem too bad and totally worth it, at $550 for 1 plug, and $850 for all (Canadian dollars.)
I have the 1500 watt one because it was on sale.

Or, $184 Cdn, plus two battery cables. Canadian Tire, 3000 watts with remote switch, part #11-1846-6 Plugged into the outlet is power to my table top outlet.

Had the 3000 watt one in my Scamp 13 ; little trailer, big inverter

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Old 08-01-2015, 11:51 AM   #85
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Submitted my Build Sheet. Did not order the inverter. Cool to know about the options. Thanks!!!

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I have the 1500 watt one because it was on sale.

Or, $184 Cdn, plus two battery cables. Canadian Tire, 3000 watts with remote switch, part #11-1846-6 Plugged into the outlet is power to my table top outlet.

Had the 3000 watt one in my Scamp 13 ; little trailer, big inverter

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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.
Ellen you did your homework ! Congratulations on completing your build sheet . That is the hardest part . You are past that now . Don't worry about the backing up , you also are getting good tips and have been also getting the hang of it before hand . Now just waiting to get your trailer . It will be here before you know it . Hope to see you on the road . Pat and Linda
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Thanks so much! Yes, did my homework. And I'm not even going to reread my Build Sheet -- no lookin' back -- it's done, feelin' great about all the decisions and I know my trailer's going to be awesome!!!
Hope to see you on the road as well!!!
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Ellen you did your homework ! Congratulations on completing your build sheet . That is the hardest part . You are past that now . Don't worry about the backing up , you also are getting good tips and have been also getting the hang of it before hand . Now just waiting to get your trailer . It will be here before you know it . Hope to see you on the road . Pat and Linda
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Thanks so much! Yes, did my homework. And I'm not even going to reread my Build Sheet -- no lookin' back -- it's done, feelin' great about all the decisions and I know my trailer's going to be awesome!!!
Hope to see you on the road as well!!!
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Congratulations, Ellen--you are well prepared to have some incredible adventures! It's a relief to get the build sheet done and you are wise about not second guessing. Enough emotional energy has gone into it--now to relax, gather your goods, make your plans, and wait for your treasure. Looking forward to seeing you "out there" sometime Peace~
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Ellen. I really admire all of you gals out there who purchase and tow trailers on their own. There is a lot of mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems to a trailer and the whole thing can be intimidating to even home repair people. And also, hooking up and pulling a trailer is a little bit different than driving your Prius. Well done girls. Loren
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