Originally Posted by TODDWK8
Recently purchased 2014 jayco x213 jayfeather ultralite. It's equipped with a power
converter but no inverter. I'm hoping to avoid purchasing and installing a generator
(at least for awhile) but want to be able to watch tv, run the microwave and possibly
the heater from an inverter. Question is which one to purchase and what's the best way
to install it ?
Thank you for any info !
First question.. are you going to be dry camping a lot? If so, for how long?
If you are going to be dry camping:
Operating off of batteries:
- Watching TV, (LED/LCD) will be ok, but the power from a single battery will limit your viewing time.
- Microwave running off an inverter will need a lot of 12VDC power and is really not an option, unless you have a lot of batteries and something (solar or generator) to keep them charged.
(The only time I ran my microwave on the inverter was for 5 minutes and I watched the voltage dropping before my eyes)
- Using the TT Heater (assuming it will be running on LP, and not
a plug in electric heater) will probably still drain a single battery close to or passed its recommended 80% point by morning. Electric motors and batteries do not get along well.
- Electric heaters plugged into an inverter will kill the battery in nothing flat.
- The regular TT interior lights will also drain your battery pretty fast, convert them to LED's.
My thoughts are, in your case, the generator is probably your best bet along with increasing your 12VDC output by adding a 2nd (DEEP CYCLE) battery.
Just remember that CC's have restrictions on when you can run your generator. Most of the ones we went to allowed them to be run between 9AM and 9-10PM, some only until 8PM.
Your going to need to do an electrical usage analysis to see how much power you will be using, and then see how much your battery(s) will produce for you. Get a large display DV voltage display and use that to monitor our usage.
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