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Old 04-25-2014, 05:14 PM   #1
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Newbie here preparing for an Alaska trip in Jun e. Really, really confused about the invertor. In simple terms, what does it do? Mine is positioned by the TV. Should it be 'On' all the time? Can it be 'On' when the generator is running? Can I cook a crockpot meal while traveling with the invertor 'On'? Thanks so much
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Old 04-25-2014, 05:26 PM   #2
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jimtheec,

Normally the inverter is off, unless you are camping off your batteries and wish to use 110v appliances. The second part of the question is a little harder to answer. Inverters come in all output ranges (from very small- less than 100 watts, to large- over 2,000 watts). It would help to state what kind of rv you have. Here's a battery drain calculator that would be handy to use no matter what size your inverter is:

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Sorry,

I forgot to try to answer some of the other things. The inverter in simple terms changes battery (d/c) current to a/c -household or 110v current. It does this by means of taking your battery current and making house current. It can quickly deplete your house batterie(s) depending on the output load you apply (the bigger the load, the faster you'll discharge the batteries.) You could use your crock pot (a yummy idea) as you're traveling down the road, but I think a better way is to use your converter instead (by using an on board generator.
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Thank you. Which appliances are 110 volt? So if I run the generator, the invertor should be OFF. And the invertor should be ON when the generator is OFF to run things?
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Thank you, now it makes sense. Takes battery power and converts to house power. Got it. Thank you
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BTW, have a 2005 Itasca Spirit, 31 foot, Class C
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Nice rig,

You'll have alot of fun. Alaska is a big deal travel wise- have you checked out John Holud's blog or some of the Alaska-related stuff here on irv2? You will have a ton of fun and your travel window is rapidly approaching. I have not done Alaska personally and I'm not sure it's on my bucket list but nonetheless it's on my radar. Here's a start:

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...65397613,d.aWw
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Thanks for the Alaska info
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If the inverter is near the TV. then I suspect it powers the entainerment center (TV, Radio, Sat Receiver, DVR, Blue Ray/DVD, and so on) and not much of anything else.

I would turn it on before turning on anything in the center.. The power from the inverter (Hopefully) will be clean and pure and of the proper voltage... Power from shore.. .. Varies, likewise the generator.

Likely the inverter is a pass through model which means it will go to standby if there is a bigger 120v source floating about (Generator or shore power) and by leaving it on...

Well, I have a big one, 2KW, it can cook my dinner, shave my chinny-chin-chin, And power the TV and related electronics.

When I trip the park breaker.. TV does not even blink, the inverter takes over that fast.. Kind of like a UPS.
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