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Old 04-24-2020, 04:30 PM   #1
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Newbies Dry Camping Inverter Question

Newbies - We bought our Greyhawk last fall, and we tried dry camping a couple of weeks ago because all our reservations have been canceled so far and there was a great spot only a few miles away. We have a 1000 watt inverter, but we couldn't get it to work to power our phones or anything while we were out, so we went through the books and got our circuit tester out when we got home. All the outlets that were supposed to work had power and worked with the inverter engaged (shore power disconnected). Today, we went out because we wanted to see if the inverter would power a portable fan if we dry camped again (temps supposed to be in the 80's), and not one of those outlets worked. . . tried a few more times and viola . . the two bedroom outlets worked, but the one under the dinette with the USB ports still wouldn't come on. The TV outlet had power every time we thought to check it. Are we missing something we should be doing? Do we have a short somewhere? We're confused!!
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Without knowing the brand and model of your inverter , all we'll be able to do is guess .

Could you add that info to your post ?
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Some inverters have a seek mode and you need something to draw more power then the setting is.

Phone chargers may not do it but the fan should. If your checking for power, have something plugged in and on.

Your inverter should have a brand and model that you can use to download the operation guide.
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On our 2018 only the TV and 2 bedroom outlets are connected to the inverter.
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Old 04-25-2020, 07:43 AM   #5
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Not what you asked but I thought Id mention that unless you added a second house battery, that inverter likely wont provide long lasting off grid power.
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It's a 2019 Greyhawk MV and has a built in CS@2012 Pure Sine Wave Inverter. All we have to do is flip a switch on our coach control panel to activate it. It powers the two TVs, the two outlets in the bedroom, and the outlet (with USBs) under the dinette table. We use a circuit tester to test and the phones. It didn't work when we were out dry camping, but then it did in our driveway. We hadn't done anything differently. And then it didn't work yesterday - until it did. . . and then still not the outlet under the dinette.
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Yup! We did add a second house battery. We originally thought about adding solar, but out local dealer suggested waiting on that to see if we really needed it and recommended a second house battery instead.
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Thanks JaytheDJ. Same for us, but also the outlet under the dinette with the two USBs.
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When we checked after returning home after dry camping, we used a circuit tester as well as our phones. Everything checked out fine - so we assumed we'd done something wrong while dry camping and nothing worked. Then yesterday - nothing worked, so we grabbed the circuit tester again - no power - until there was. . . but still not to the outlet under the dinette. When we did have power from the inverter - the fan would run.
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