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Old 10-07-2013, 03:50 PM   #1
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use of inverter while driving

I was wondering about using the alternator/inverter to run refrigerator and minor AC items while driving vs. running the generator. I have an LP generator and it seems like a waste of lp to run the generator if the ac is not required. Any negatives, the batteries probably not getting a full charge?

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Old 10-07-2013, 04:10 PM   #2
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You should have no problems running your inverter while driving. Your coaches alternator should be able to keep up with the load. We have used the inverter in the three coaches we have owned and never had a problem.
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There are some coaches that the AC are set up to run off inverters while in motion as well. Not sure how massive a tax that places on both the inverters and alternators, though (and I don't think you can run all three).

It's a pretty expensive option (upwards of $5k if I remember right). Has anyone had experience with these?
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Depends on your inverter and the load that place on it. Do you have a multimeter and an amp clamp?
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I am confused, why run the gen set for the fridge, we run ours on propane while driving and can hardly notice the amount used.
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I am confused, why run the gen set for the fridge, we run ours on propane while driving and can hardly notice the amount used.
I'm guessing they are using a residential fridge.
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There are some coaches that the AC are set up to run off inverters while in motion as well. Not sure how massive a tax that places on both the inverters and alternators, though (and I don't think you can run all three).

It's a pretty expensive option (upwards of $5k if I remember right). Has anyone had experience with these?
Someone would have to explain to me what you are talking about here. Are you talking about running three air conditioners on inverters? That's probably not going to happen.
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I was wondering about using the alternator/inverter to run refrigerator and minor AC items while driving vs. running the generator. I have an LP generator and it seems like a waste of lp to run the generator if the ac is not required. Any negatives, the batteries probably not getting a full charge?
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I do it all the time. On the first day of every trip, I also have a crock pot going.
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I do it all the time. On the first day of every trip, I also have a crock pot going.
My '99 34J should be the same as yours. Are you saying I could turn on a roof ac without running the generator while traveling? As I have always turned on the gen, I never even thought of using the inverter....and I bought our 34J new in late '98. Any info would be helpful. Thanks.

ps To run a crock pot...just plug it in....no gen??
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If AC needed, I run the genny. If no AC needed, then run the inverter.
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If AC needed, I run the genny. If no AC needed, then run the inverter.
Oh, okay. I felt the ac would draw too many amps....now I know. Thank you.
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the AC will run on inverters... for like 10 minutes.
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You can run your fridge on the inverter while driving just fine. However don't forget and leave it on the inverter if you shut off the bus engine while not plugged into anything or running the generator. It will run your house batteries down pretty fast. Steve
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Thanks all, I was not running ac as it requires the generator or shore power. I have forgotten and left the inverter on and it does pull down the batteries once the engine is turned off. As for running the fridge on gas I could do it but seems like the inverter would be a better avenue.
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