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Old 02-10-2014, 03:36 PM   #31
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Not sure I need an inverter but I wish I had more 12V outlets installed. I have the standard one under the fold up counter top extension next to the sink and an extra one up in the loft at the foot of the bed in our 5.0. Problem is I have a 12V portable radio, cell phone charger, lap top charger, rechargable battery charger, television that runs off a small portable inverter, 12v weather radio, and probably a few more gadgets I can't think of.

We've used alternating current only twice and almost always drycamp or boondock (at Natl or State campgrounds). I feel that all the 120VAC outlets are being wasted.
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Old 02-10-2014, 03:49 PM   #32
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Tim - you have options:
Check out your version of Canadian Tire, The Source, or Amazon:
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Old 02-10-2014, 03:53 PM   #33
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Yes, dilute about 1/3 concentrate to 2/3 water, heat and serve.

No oils as it's not heat brewed so if you have heartburn issues it works well.

You use more beans though.
I will have to try it. Always liking to try new methods.

With some coffees it is the oil that gives it a kick, but many processes, especially ones that use paper filters, remove a lot of the oils in the extraction process.

When I use the AeroPress, which is almost all the time when in the trailer, I make a concentrated juice, and add it at about 25% to a cup of hot water.
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Old 02-10-2014, 04:17 PM   #34
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It is very easy to add additional 12v outlets in your Escape, either by tapping into an existing outlet or an existing light circuit. Your unit has a lot of 12v wires. I believe you can not have too many, I ordered mine with 5 and may add 2 more. Also replacing your 120v outlets with the one with the built in USB can help alleviate the charger/cord mess one can start with recharging all of our toys.
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Old 02-10-2014, 04:32 PM   #35
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Tim - you have options:
Check out your version of Canadian Tire, The Source, or Amazon:
Found this one Amazon.com: Multi-Use Vehicle Charger with Dual USB Ports and Dual 12 Volt Sockets - Magnadyne: Cell Phones & Accessories the other day. Was thinking it would work well mounted to the side or underside of something and hardwired into an existing 12v run somewhere.
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Old 02-10-2014, 04:37 PM   #36
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I will have to try it. Always liking to try new methods.

With some coffees it is the oil that gives it a kick, but many processes, especially ones that use paper filters, remove a lot of the oils in the extraction process.

When I use the AeroPress, which is almost all the time when in the trailer, I make a concentrated juice, and add it at about 25% to a cup of hot water.
It definitely does not have the kick, it's smooth, maybe even weak tasting to those not used to it. The Aeropress sounds like one I'd like to try.
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That unit does not have a monitor so it can be installed out of sight. As you said, you may be technically challenged, so a unit with a monitor may be "too much information" It does the same job as the Progressive unit, but without the flashing monitor.
In addition the Progressive unit monitors frequency. A feature that is useful when your source of power is from a portable generator. Power from the grid will always be 60 cycles. The lifetime warranty offered by Progressive speaks to the confidence they have in their product. These products are like insurance. You don't know how good they are until you have an incident.
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OK. ... here is what we (me) learned (confirmed) today:
  • None of my duplex outlets have power when boondocking. When converter switch is on and no shore power connected, with Multimeter connected to trailer battery via the + – poles on the converter I get a reading of 12.9 volts. I get the same reading when the probes connect with the cigarette lighter receptacles. 12 volt power! But...when it’s connected to the standard duplex outlets at the dinette, the bed, under the fold-up counter extension, there is no reading, hence no power.
  • Therefore, cannot use battery when boondocking for any appliance if appliance isn't adapted to plugging into the cigarette lighter. This I say, is not good. Inverter needed. With an inverter you can plug into what isn’t a cigarette plug.
(Phew.) Think I got it now. Thing is I got used to expecting I could boondock electricity with them existing duplexes. So easy to take them for granted.

Also like that Prowatt remote panel. Curious thing is it's available on eBay for a whopping NINE dollars more than at RVparts Source online. (??!)
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I use a small 200 watt inverter to charge / run small electronics that don't have a DC cord. I have a three-plug adapter that I plug into the inverter that plugs into the 'cigarette' lighter. A bit messy, but cheap and offers lots of options.

And, see that digital read-out? That gives you the voltage, so you don't need a separate voltmeter ( although I bought one before I realized this inverter serves the same purpose ).
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In addition the Progressive unit monitors frequency. A feature that is useful when your source of power is from a portable generator. Power from the grid will always be 60 cycles. The lifetime warranty offered by Progressive speaks to the confidence they have in their product. These products are like insurance. You don't know how good they are until you have an incident.
You have to turn off the Progressive EMS if using a generator as most generators are not grounded and it will show a fault. You either have to make a grounded 2 prong plug or bypass the EMS. Research this on the generators forums.
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