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Old 05-13-2014, 04:10 PM   #11
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I would think so just not sure what would be involved. I would guess that you would need to do some rewiring so that power gets to the microwave. Also, not sure if you would need different batteries.
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Old 05-13-2014, 04:39 PM   #12
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Well that sucks! Is there any way we can install a larger unit and will it then run the micro?
It's more the amount of battery's that you have then the size of the inverter the inverter has to be able to handle the largest watts consumed.. You can get a inverter that will run everything same as on electric, but you need the amps to do it from the battery bank. other then that you would have to separate what you want to run. You can wire your inverter to all 110 sockets but you then need to know what each appliance pulls so you know how fast you will drain a bank of battery's. That's your limitation. Battery's are heavy and take up space.
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I just came in from the rig. I took a 110v night light around to every socket and nothing works except the front and rear TV's. The fridge goes right to gas. I have e-mailed Randy to see if we can buy a larger inverter, scope of work, and the associated costs. It would really suck if our generator ever quit. Thanks everyone.
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Old 05-13-2014, 06:28 PM   #14
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From my experience, the generator is as reliable as the inverter. Personally I don't understand the allure of boondocking with just battery power. My generator will run a long time on 80 gallon of fuel. No matter what, after running that microwave, and furnace, your gonna have to fire up the generator any way to charge the batteries(I don't care how sunny it is). You might as well run it when you want to cook that hot dog and let it run an extra 30 minutes to charge up the batteries. There is validity if your driving down the road and the batteries are being charged by the alternator. However, by the time all that energy is converted, my bet is the generator is more efficient.

From recent posts it looks like you'll need to replace the main breaker panel. That would get you the correct outlets running on the inverter without any major issues. The wiring to and from the inverter on mine was heavy enough for the 2000 watt inverter but i think its missing 2 wires. Lastly I believe you'll need to add 2 batteries to bring the total to 6. I'm not sure where the extra 2 would go. One of the guys with the residential fridge could post a picture of their battery layout. Doesn't sound cheap to me.

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Old 05-13-2014, 07:40 PM   #15
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Won't need 6 batteries. My coach only has 4 batteries and which can run the residential refrigerator for many hours (so I was told, haven't tested that though).
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Ah. Good to know. I also just looked at the photos in the other thread also. It appears that the 2000W version also only uses 10/2 wire to and from the inverter, which is what my coach has. FR probably wires them the same to simplify manufacturing. So I correct my prior post. It looks like you only need a new circuit breaker panel and inverter. This is starting to look appealing. Assuming the Amp - Hour rating of the batteries is the same.

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Old 05-14-2014, 07:38 AM   #17
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Morning Beipers, we aren't really interested in boondocking either but, (for example) we attended a rally where we had to shut off the generator by 11:00. While we could watch TV on the inverter, it eliminates that late night bag of popcorn from the microwave. Thank goodness it was cool outside so we didn't need a fan either. Not sure if the furnace will work. Frank
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Old 05-14-2014, 07:57 AM   #18
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Won't need 6 batteries. My coach only has 4 batteries and which can run the residential refrigerator for many hours (so I was told, haven't tested that though).
My most unscientific testing is about 10-12 hrs on the fridge.
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For those without a residential refrigerator and without and outside TV, the outlet behind the Love Seat for the outside TV, is powered by the inverter. I have an outlet strip connect to it so that I can charge my cell phones while watching TV with the Inverter on.

Note that the Inverter consumes power even if not using it and if it is left on. Suggest that the inverter is shut off if boondocking when you go to sleep (for non-residential refrigerator motor homes).
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Old 05-14-2014, 08:31 AM   #20
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Good to know I-RV. We have an outside TV so I am expecting that to be true in our rig. I had a question about leaving the inverter on when connected to shore power. I am getting an over voltage indication ( two flashing lights on the Magnum). Other than un hooking from shore power, I don't know how to stop the over voltage from happening. We leave our A/C on to control humidity here in Florida.
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