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Old 05-13-2014, 08:58 AM   #1
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Inverter Confusion

Understand, we don't boondock much but have been thinking about it more. I know we have a generator to get power but there are times when I would like to use the inverter/batteries only.

That being said, the TV is the only 110v device that works off the inverter in our coach. Is this the case for everyone? I was hoping to power the microwave as well. Does it require more power than the batteries are capable of producing? I haven't tried any wall outlets just the TV. Thanks Frank
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:32 AM   #2
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In our Berkshire, only some of the outlets work with the inverter, what we did is take a night light and tryed all outlets with inverter on to test. Our microwave is also one item not on the inverter.
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I think that the size of the inverter determines what is wired to run off the inverter. If you have a 1500 watt inverter, there are less things that will run as opposed to having a 2000 watt inverter. In my '08 coach, the microwave and all outlets ran off the 2000 watt inverter. I know this because we traveled with my son and his (at the time) infant children that needed to have either their bottle warmed or mac and cheese made and the microwave was used. I haven't tried everything in my '14 coach but I would bet that it is the same.
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Old 05-13-2014, 11:18 AM   #4
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Frank, My inverter will not run the microwave and the air conditioners (heat pump), but does run the refrigerator, the TV and sound system, the fans, the furnace, and some of the outlets. I went around to the various outlets that I found worked and put little DC label tags on them. The rest I put AC tags on. I got tired of trying to figure out what outlets worked with what system. Good luck! Craig
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Thanks Craig and Tom. Tom I'll bet your microwave doesn't work on the inverter. Ours is a 2013 390FL. Is there anyway to rewire something to bring the micro on line with the inverter and maybe an A/C ? I haven't checked the fridge yet. My fridge is gas and 110v electric and not 3 way (12v). Good idea with the night light too. Craig where did you get the DC stickers?
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Frank,
What size inverter do you have? Sounds like a 1500 watt unit. As I said, I had a 2000 watt inverter on my '08 and the microwave did work off the inverter.
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Boy, Tom they sure don't make it easy for you to get the model number on the inverter. I had to use an extension mirror around the backside to see MM1212. Don't know if thats the 2000 or not.
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Frank, just a label maker device - like brother P-touch. Just made 1/4 inch DC label and cut to size and stuck on each plug applicable. Low tech!! Craig
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Frank,
That is a 1200 watt inverter. That is why only some outlets work and you can't run the microwave.
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Well that sucks! Is there any way we can install a larger unit and will it then run the micro?
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