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Old 01-11-2015, 04:10 PM   #11
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My wife says we can plug the camper into the inverter and the converter will kept the batteries charged so we never run out of power....
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Old 01-11-2015, 04:39 PM   #12
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My wife says we can plug the camper into the inverter and the converter will kept the batteries charged so we never run out of power....
I tried that once and in a matter of minutes it created so much excess power that the batteries overcharged and exploded. Probably need more and bigger batteries for next time...

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Old 01-11-2015, 05:07 PM   #13
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I tried that once and in a matter of minutes it created so much excess power that the batteries overcharged and exploded. Probably need more and bigger batteries for next time...

I think not... you needed more friends parked next to you to take that excess power.
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The invertor I'm looking at turns its self off when voltage drops two low.
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Not familiar with that brand, but I checked the stats and it has a shut off voltage of 9.5VDC. I would not recommend letting your batteries get to that point.

For that size inverter you will need to wire it directly to the battery(s), as those 12VDC accessory outlets in the TT are not very good at carrying the amps without heating up the wires.

Are you going to use an extension cord to your media center or are you going to hard wire the inverter into the TT's existing 120VAC wiring?

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I have 2 of these in addition to the battery that came with the RV.
I think I have plenty battery. The invertor I'm looking at turns its self off when voltage drops two low. Thanks of the help. I'm getting a 1000 with 2000 surge.
I just wanted plenty for our trip to Alaska as boondocking a lot on the trip there and wanted to make sure heater would run all night. With the all LED lights I think I'm good and now can watch a little tv.

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I had a 600 W inverter that was not PSW on my first unit and it powered 3 TV's and a DVD player without issue. Recently I bought a Mico Solar 1000W PSW Inverter with Remote (Amazon for $169.99) so I can locate it as close to the batteries as possible with good high amp cables. It has a 2000W surge, but I will not be using a micro or other high draw items since I have a genny already. This is strictly for using highly sensitive electronics during quite hours while dry camping. I will have it about 1FT from my 2 x 6V GC Batt's with 0AWG wire.
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Not familiar with that brand, but I checked the stats and it has a shut off voltage of 9.5VDC. I would not recommend letting your batteries get to that point.

For that size inverter you will need to wire it directly to the battery(s), as those 12VDC accessory outlets in the TT are not very good at carrying the amps without heating up the wires.

Are you going to use an extension cord to your media center or are you going to hard wire the inverter into the TT's existing 120VAC wiring?

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I going to run 10 gauge SOOW from the battery's to the rear of the RV and up inside the cabinet to the right of the fireplace. No water or sewer or anything to have to worry about and then mount the invertor in the bottom cabinet on top of some aluminum square tube I have. Then simply place a power strip to plug the tv and sat into.
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From an ELECTRICAL stand point, ALWAYS run your longest wire run on the side that has the greatest voltage. In this case it is the 120VAC side from the inverter to the Tv (media center).

The best plan would be to mount the inverter as close to the batteries as possible (12VDC side) and run a 12AWG Romex cable to the media center and terminate it in a 4x4 electrical box, with 2 120VAC outlets in it. The voltage loss on the 120VAC side of the circuit is minimal compared to the low voltage side.

Since you are going to run wire, why not run the wire for the 120VAC.

Here is how my inverter supplies 120VAC to all the TT outlets:
https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/al...pictureid=3150

Just my thoughts,

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From an ELECTRICAL stand point, ALWAYS run your longest wire run on the side that has the greatest voltage. In this case it is the 120VAC side from the inverter to the Tv (media center).

The best plan would be to mount the inverter as close to the batteries as possible (12VDC side) and run a 12AWG Romex cable to the media center and terminate it in a 4x4 electrical box, with 2 120VAC outlets in it. The voltage loss on the 120VAC side of the circuit is minimal compared to the low voltage side.

Since you are going to run wire, why not run the wire for the 120VAC.

Here is how my inverter supplies 120VAC to all the TT outlets:
https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/al...pictureid=3150

Just my thoughts,

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Sounds like a plan. Cheaper also.
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Basic rule for inverter install is to keep the 12qv leg short as possible. No exception to this that doesn't result in serious volt loss at the inverter. The 110v leg is many times more forgiving. Don't waste your $$ on a good psw inverter and then do an inferior install. A lot is made of a remote shut off but I do not believe it is that important. It might be a nice extra if you're sitting in a driving rain at 11pm when you are shutting down but 99% of the time a quick step outside is not a problem and gives you a chance to double check campsite security [locked TV, bikes, etc]. In a pinch just leave it powered up and run the gen an extra 15 minutes the next am.
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I ran my 12AWG inside a 1/2" PVC pipe that I connected to the frame. Keeps the road trash from hitting it. So far so good.

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