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Old 04-15-2012, 02:56 AM   #1
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Boon docking power

I am new to the forums. Hope I get this right.

We took our maiden voyage to the sister's farm. We quick discovered that the regular 3-pronged plugs did not work while on battery power. The cigarette lighter plugs were only two. One for the TV and another hidden behind a cabinet near the entrance.

For us to hook up electric blankets, while boon docking, we would have needed an inverter and several extension cords to hang off a cigarette plug. This does not seem right. Is there not a way to energize the 3-pronged plugs with the batteries?

Jayco Flight 26BH. (2) x Group 24 Batteries.

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Welcome to the JOF, braithwaite. Glad to have you join us.

To answer your question: when you are running off 12V (battery) power, that's what you get with the basic system. That powers your lights, radio, pump, frig, heater, etc. but not the AC (alternating current) devices such as your TV, microwave, etc. That's why you found the 12V plug near the TV. Some TVs can operate on 120V or 12V with an adapter.

In order to power standard AC devices, like your TV, you will need an inverter. These range quite a bit in terms of power and cost. I would recommend you go with a pure sine wave inverter vs. a modified sine wave model because you will get cleaner power and you'll be less likely to cause damage to sensitive equipment.

You're probably going to want to leave off microwave or any device that consumes large amounts of power since that will drain your batteries very quickly.

Something else you may want to consider is getting a generator. If it's allowed where you are camping, you can use it then plug your shore power cord directly into the generator which will enable all your AC equipment. If you do go this route, make sure you size it properly for the anticipated load. If you can't run the generator except for certain periods of the day, you can at least use it to recharge your batteries when you're on an extended stay.

That's some food for thought. Take care.
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Does anyone know if there is a certain brand of generator that is known as "the quietest"?
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:22 AM   #4
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Honda and Yamaha are two that I know. Look for the db level and choose inverter for low noise. Honda makes a Companion model in the 2kW range that eliminates the need for an RV plug adapter. I don't know if Yamaha does or not though.
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Genny noise is measured in dB's (decibels) at x or y feet. Some have better mufflers, some have partially enclosed housings.
Some makers say things like inside a car on the highway, or an adult speaking voice at 10 feet etc.
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Honda makes a Companion model in the 2kW range that eliminates the need for an RV plug adapter.
I have an EU2000i Companion and it DOES require a plug adapter. The 30A plug on the end of the TT power cable is a crowsfoot style plug. The 30A receptacle on my Companion is a twistlock style. I bought the necessary adapter at a local Honda dealer.

With a single EU2000i generator, the 30A receptacle isn't providing 30A, but only half that amount (and the same as the standard 120V receptacle on the genny). The twistlock connector is designed for use when a second generator is piggybacked to the first, when it does provide 30A of power.
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My bad... you're right on the adapter.
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snip......With a single EU2000i generator, the 30A receptacle isn't providing 30A, but only half that amount (and the same as the standard 120V receptacle on the genny)......snip
I would assume if one used a dual 15amp/30amp adapter on a single Honda EU2000i it would then provide 30amps to the TT.



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I would assume if one used a dual 15amp/30amp adapter on a single Honda EU2000i it would then provide 30amps to the TT.



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Unfortunately not, the total amp load of that outlet is 15a whether using one or both.
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To get to 30a: 110v x 30a = 3300 watt converter
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