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Old 07-11-2010, 07:18 PM   #1
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Inverter Help

I searched inverter but didn't find what I was really looking for...
I have a 97 Storm and have always used shore power until the new place we go has no electrical hook ups for awhile.
Generators have to go off by 10 so the time I like to watch TV the most is now gone. Obviously I need an inverter.
Will I need more than the 2 6 volt batteries I have?
How large an inverter will I need to run a micro, TV, x-box and Bose system?
How much room will the inverter require (cooling area etc.)?
Where and how do you wire the inverter into the system?
I'm kind of thinking maybe it can go in the back with the clean out/electrical compartment, is this a poor choice??
Does the inverter need to be closer to the batteries?
Any help will be appreciated.

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Old 07-11-2010, 07:41 PM   #2
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Have you seen this thread??


Some good info here that should help you!

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Old 07-11-2010, 08:04 PM   #3
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Have you seen this thread??


Some good info here that should help you!

Great link with very good information, I'm still pulling threads, hope all goes well. LOL
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Old 07-12-2010, 02:48 AM   #4
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Here are some more links for research:
DC To AC inverter, Smart AC Inverters
Car Dc To Ac Inverter - Compare Prices, Reviews and Buy at NexTag - Price - Review
In short, you will probably want to go with 440 amp hour battery bank and a 2000 watt inverter to push a microwave. Good luck and keep us posted.
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I have gotten by with a 1000W portable inverter and it will run the TV for hours along with the refridgerator. I could heat up a cup of coffee in the microwave using it however I use a stove top perculator instead of the electric coffee maker to save the batteries.

The inverter should go as close to the batteries as you can get it otherwise the cables to power the inverter could end up costing you almost as much as the inverter itself depending on the model you choose.

Wiring in one that powers the outlets in your rig could get costly as you would most likely have to get one that has a transfer switch or replaces the on that you already have.

Are you going to be without power long enough to make this worthwhile? You are talking about a project that could end up costing $1,000 or so if you go with one of the built-ins.
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