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Old 11-01-2012, 03:04 PM   #1
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Newbie inverter question

I have 1000 inverter. What can I run going down the road? Can I run a TV? Can I make coffee? All the time generator is off. Assume everything on the coach is on gas like refrig and hot water.

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Old 11-01-2012, 03:51 PM   #2
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You can run any single item that draws less than 1000 watts or any combination of items that totals less than 1000 watts. That assumes that your inverter is steady. If it is 1000 watts peak, it might be only 700 or 800 watts steady.

TV - yes. Coffee - probably.


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I apologize for jumping into your thread, I was pointed in the right direction.
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:31 PM   #4
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I would not use your inverter because it will drain your batterys I would think that you would turn your Gen set on even when your driving actually that the best time to exercise it. No one will complain about it.
As far as your T.V. is concerned if you have kids with you, you maybe able to fix the T.V. in the bed room to work while your driving.
I do not think it a good idea to use the one in front while driving in fact I don't think it will work if the ignition key is on. Besides that you would need your antenna up but I would think that you could play D.V.D. or Tapes for the kids in the back bed room.
Just a thought!
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:50 AM   #5
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I have a King/Direct TV on the roof. My Son borrowed the coach over Labor Day weekend and put over 80 hrs on the generator. "Dad, the kids have to watch TV or play Xbox". I don't want to get into a discussion on kids today. I'm hoping the next time he can use the inverter rather than running the blank out of the gen.
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:12 AM   #6
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On my RV, the alternator charges the batteries as I drive down the road. We have an LCD TV with built in DVD player that worked on an small inverter without an issue on a trip to Yellowstone for 4-6 hours each day. Never had a problem. I would think your setup is probably similar. We only run the genset while driving if we need the coach AC.

BUT, remember, your generator will likely outlive your RV. They are made to run - it keeps everything working properly. So don't get upset over 80 hours on a generator. 80 hours is nothing.
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:38 AM   #7
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80 hours over a weekend! Did the kids ever see the light of day? Why even go camping, they're better off at the Holiday Inn which might even have an indoor pool too. Sorry to carp but 80hrs on the genny when I traded in my 2000 Allegro with 84 hours on the generator.

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