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Old 06-04-2013, 07:48 PM   #11
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There are no 12v wires in the spray insulation. All of your wires are inside the trailer shell either behind the refer or over the door on their way to the converter. Unless you have tank heaters, the only wires in the foam are your tank sensors. All of the kitchen 12v go down under your bed and across to the street side to the front.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:52 PM   #12
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I believe Reace is super busy getting the new 21 ready for the Escape Rally, which starts this Friday.
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:05 PM   #13
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Still no response from Reace. He did respond promptly to some other questions I had before this one, so I'll give him another couple of days before I nudge him.

I popped into the factory today and it was hard to find a parking place with trailers all over the place ...... real busy right now.

With regards to using an inverter on a 12v receptacle; I wouldn't use anything larger than a 150 watt one as the receptacle isn't really designed to use anything larger ....... even though they are sold. If you want larger then think about hard wiring one in.

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Old 06-04-2013, 09:29 PM   #14
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Doug, you are dead on with the heat and voltage drop (resistance ) observation. They are related. If you can, use the one with the less voltage drop until you have the issue sorted out. We have the one up at the front dinette, works fine with a 400w converter.
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:24 PM   #15
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You know, in all the excitement with my new trailer, I had forgotten Escape was busy on the new 21'... I guess I'll give him a few extra days before I ask again...

Good to know about the wire run locations. If they're not embedded in the insulation, there's a lot less danger of heat generation.

But, it doesn't change my run-length estimates.

I don't have any trips planned where I'll need the laptop until August (hmmm... "need"? Probably not the right word...) so I'm not going to sweat this one. I'll pick away at a solution in the mean time, and just avoid any higher wattage loads on that outlet for now.
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Old 06-05-2013, 12:01 AM   #16
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Ya, I was there on Monday to pick up a spare tire and they are busy..busy. Everyone wants there trailer and up grades asap. Talk about pressure...and only 4 days till the Rally...Phew.!
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I've been following this post and have a question. Why don't you use a 12volt car adapter for running your laptop? It seems like you are taking 12volts, running it through a converter, then plugging in your laptop to convert back to 12 volts for the laptop.
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Exactly and with each conversion you lose efficiency, almost all televisions and computers operate off DC and the little black box included is a little converter, converting ac to dc. Perhaps finding a proper DC plug would be a better solution?
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:29 AM   #19
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bird-in-hand... I have the inverter and the wall plug for the laptop. I don't have a car adapter. That would be a better solution in the long run.
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Exactly and with each conversion you lose efficiency, almost all televisions and computers operate of DC and the little black box included is a little converter, converting ac to dc. Perhaps finding a proper DC plug would be a better solution?
I think the only downside to that is the need to buy another proprietary dc plug for the laptop. And of course having more cables to bring with you.
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