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Old 10-21-2014, 08:34 PM   #1
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I don't have my owners manual with me and I was wondering if anybody knew how many amps it takes to open a slideout. I realize that it probably varies with the size of the slide. The reason I'm asking is I'm getting ready to purchase a small portable gas powered generator because there's no power where I store it. The one I'm looking at produces a max of 1000 watts. I know it can't power up the AC, just want to get the slides in and out. 1000 watts=about 8amps???
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Im not 100% on this answer but i think your slide out operates off of you 12 volt battery.
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Old 10-21-2014, 08:51 PM   #3
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Your slide should be powered by the 12volt system. Just need a full battery charge
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Your slides should work off your battery. So just bring a charged battery with you.
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Old 10-21-2014, 09:01 PM   #5
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I don't have my owners manual with me and I was wondering if anybody knew how many amps it takes to open a slideout. I realize that it probably varies with the size of the slide. The reason I'm asking is I'm getting ready to purchase a small portable gas powered generator because there's no power where I store it. The one I'm looking at produces a max of 1000 watts. I know it can't power up the AC, just want to get the slides in and out. 1000 watts=about 8amps???
120 watts of 12 volt equals one amp. So your 1000 watts is 8.333 amps of 12 volt. The slide motor(s) are 12 volt and the generator will have minimal impact placed on it by the slide out opening/closing.
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Your slide should be powered by the 12volt system. Just need a full battery charge
I don't keep my battery in the camper during the storage period and was trying not to have to lug it back and forth. The small genny I'm looking at weighs less than the battery. Going to use my adapter and plug directly into the camper from the genny.[AC power source?] and use the power that way. Also I have an electric portable tire inflator to keep the tires up all winter.
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Old 10-22-2014, 06:39 AM   #7
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Slides normally do not work without a battery.
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A small jump pack might be a cheaper and easier option than lugging around a gas filled genny.
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Old 10-22-2014, 12:14 PM   #9
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Agreed with the jumper pack. Also, you have to do the conversion to 12 volts from 110 for the genny. It is rated at 1000W of 110 power, not 12 volt power, so the amperage is different once you do the conversion (I always have to look up the equation). You could also just run jumper cables from your vehicle to the battery hookups. I have run slides like that before. Just leave your vehicle running, and you will have plenty of power at almost no cost or weight.
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Agreed with the jumper pack. Also, you have to do the conversion to 12 volts from 110 for the genny. It is rated at 1000W of 110 power, not 12 volt power, so the amperage is different once you do the conversion (I always have to look up the equation). You could also just run jumper cables from your vehicle to the battery hookups. I have run slides like that before. Just leave your vehicle running, and you will have plenty of power at almost no cost or weight.
I agree.
if you use your tow vehicle to check on your TT in storage, then plug the TT into your TV. Interior power, and slide power, should be available.
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