Originally Posted by Ramets
What's the reasoning of leaving an inverter on all the time? I have mine on while traveling, but once I reach my destination and plug into shore power, I turn it off.
You shouldn't need to do that. Breaker panel for the inverted circuits has an ATS that directly powers them from shore power when available. The inverter then goes into a standby mode. In that mode, if you have a loss of shore power the inverter will kick in automatically.
As to running a refer via the inverter, we do that a lot when we overnight in places like Walmart. We are not very careful with our power use and will run or Samsung 197, a couple TVs, DirecTV Genie receiver, lights and such. With our 4 batteries totaling 440 AH @ 12V we get over 8 hours before we get below 55% state of charge at which time our automatic generator starter kicks in.
When we do that we make sure we put the refer in eco mode and turn off the ice maker. Normally the ice maker is off anyway because you don't want it running and sloshing water going down the road.
When driving we tend to run the generator for the AC needs but the alternator will do a good job charging the house batteries unless it is a very short drive. If we run into that kind of situation we will run the generator for as long as needed to top off the batteries before it gets too late in the evening. Of course, if you need AC at night, you will need the generator anyway.
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