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Old 05-13-2016, 11:58 AM   #1
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Bay Star residential fridge option

Has anyone selected this option (10 cf) with 1000 watt dedicated inverter and 2 extra batteries?

Can you share your experience with it? Especially boondocking. Do you use solar panels or recharge via generator? How do you get the rest of the coach hooked up to the batteries/inverter (TV's, other outlets)?

Any advice, experience, etc. would be very much appreciated!!

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We use our generator to charge the batteries on our Fleetwood Bounder, as well as the alternator when running down the road.

The Baystar comes standard with 2 12 House batteries and a Converter, but no Inverter. A 1000 Watt Inverter is an option for powering the TVs. This would not be the same as the 1000 Watt dedicated Inverter for the residential fridge.
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Thanks Elwood58 - that's pretty much why we're asking. Don't know anything about how to set up the electrical to accomplish both goals. So how do we wire the rest of the coach if the 1000w inverter is hooked up to the fridge? Do we need another 1000w inverter for the rest of the coach? Is that even logical?!
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Our BayStar has a residential fridge and the extra batteries, etc. But we take a simpler approach to things. Before we take off, we freeze a bunch of drinking water bottles and put them in the BayStar freezer. We run the generator while driving, so the refrigerator is powered and keeps everything cold. When we overnight someplace where we don't have shore power or can't run the generator, we move some of the frozen bottles into the refrigerator and literally make it an icebox. Keeps everything nice and cold--the bottles don't even begin to thaw. When we take off, we pop them back into the freezer to keep them ready for the next stop. It's a bit primitive, but it's simple and it works. Won't work for a week of dry camping with no generator, but then we don't plan to do that.
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Our BayStar has a residential fridge and the extra batteries, etc. But we take a simpler approach to things. Before we take off, we freeze a bunch of drinking water bottles and put them in the BayStar freezer. We run the generator while driving, so the refrigerator is powered and keeps everything cold. When we overnight someplace where we don't have shore power or can't run the generator, we move some of the frozen bottles into the refrigerator and literally make it an icebox. Keeps everything nice and cold--the bottles don't even begin to thaw. When we take off, we pop them back into the freezer to keep them ready for the next stop. It's a bit primitive, but it's simple and it works. Won't work for a week of dry camping with no generator, but then we don't plan to do that.
Thanks Patti, that's a great idea! Couple of followup questions...
1. Why do you need to run the generator while driving in order to charge the house batteries? We assumed the batteries would be charged when driving (via the engine). Our old coach did that for both the engine and house batteries.
2. Sounds like you don't run the TV, laptops, or charge cell phones when boondocking without running the generator? In our old coach we had a small portable inverter for that but we were hoping the outlets would be wired to the main inverter on the Bay Star and we want to know how we can do that. There is a separate option for that but we are ordering the residential fridge with 1000 watt inverter and two extra batteries but apparently they aren't also connected to the rest of the coach.

Hoping someone will see this and know what we're trying to do and tell us how it can be done!

Thanks for replying!!

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I was curious why you would run the generator, unless using the RV air conditioning.

If you ordered the res. fridge, extra batteries, etc, I would think that it came with an inverter.

The inverter draws off the extra or all of the house battery bank to power the fridge.

The engine mounted alternator charges the start and house batteries, by design. The start battery is primary but within a few minutes, it starts charging the house bank.

Motor home chassis are factory equiped with high output alternators to cover the extra load.

For overnight stays, the batteries should be capable of running the fridge until morning. That's the reason it has extra batteries.

Moving the frozen water to the fridge side will help but it seem that you are not using the system, that you paid extra for, up to its full potential.
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I was curious why you would run the generator, unless using the RV air conditioning.

If you ordered the res. fridge, extra batteries, etc, I would think that it came with an inverter.

The inverter draws off the extra or all of the house battery bank to power the fridge.

The engine mounted alternator charges the start and house batteries, by design. The start battery is primary but within a few minutes, it starts charging the house bank.

Motor home chassis are factory equiped with high output alternators to cover the extra load.

For overnight stays, the batteries should be capable of running the fridge until morning. That's the reason it has extra batteries.

Moving the frozen water to the fridge side will help but it seem that you are not using the system, that you paid extra for, up to its full potential.
I assume that question was directed to Patti? We are getting the residential fridge with 1000 watt inverter and 2 extra batteries and your understanding of the engine charging the batteries was ours as well.

Newmar is connecting the 1000 watt inverter/batteries to the fridge only. We're trying to find out how to wire the rest of the coach to the inverter so we can plug in laptops etc. without running the generator. We know we need to recharge the batteries with the generator or solar.
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I assume that question was directed to Patti? We are getting the residential fridge with 1000 watt inverter and 2 extra batteries and your understanding of the engine charging the batteries was ours as well.

Newmar is connecting the 1000 watt inverter/batteries to the fridge only. We're trying to find out how to wire the rest of the coach to the inverter so we can plug in laptops etc. without running the generator. We know we need to recharge the batteries with the generator or solar.
Yes it was, sorry for the confusion.

I would think that the res. fridge is plugged into an inverter powered outlet.

You could plug into that outlet and run an extension cord to the laptop or TV's.

If the inverter handles the load, you can then figure out a permanent solution.
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