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Old 04-19-2015, 10:37 PM   #1
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364TS - Kitchen TV while driving

This is probably something simple but can someone get me pointed in the right direction to get the main kitchen TV turned on while driving?

I noticed that if I turn on the PROwatt SW it will power the refrigerator from the batteries without needing to turn on on the generator. Is there a similar way to get the TV turned on as well?

On a related note, is it ok to run the refrigerator on the PROwatt SW through the batteries while driving it will that drain things too much?
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Old 04-20-2015, 10:14 AM   #2
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From my limited experience, the fridge is plugged into the PROwatt and thus it converts it from 12V. The TV is not plugged into the PROwatt and thus will not operate without being on shore power or gen. There's nothing stopping you from extending power up to the TV from the PROwatt though.
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Old 04-20-2015, 06:31 PM   #3
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The alternator is a high output alternator designed to keep the batteries charged while running the refridgerator off the inverter while driving.
Don't know the exact specs off the top of my head so I can't tell you if running the refridgerator and the TV would be too much draw on the batteries to keep them charged. I only have the 1000 watt inverter in my MH but I believe the newer ones have a 2000 watt and possibly more than just the 2 batteries like mine.
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Old 04-20-2015, 07:38 PM   #4
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1st, you would have to run the generator or connect the TV to the power inverter that is likely located under the entry steps near the House Batteries. It is possible if you can figure out where the TV's outlet power is run.

2nd option would be to get a small power inverter that you can connect to a 12v source that could power the TV alone.
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Old 04-20-2015, 08:53 PM   #5
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This 2015 365 has 4 house batteries by the passenger door and a 2000watt inverter.

I think something else may be going on though. I fired up the generator and the TV didn't turn on then either.

It's plugged into a GFCI switch. I checked the GFCI circuit breaker and it isn't popped. Is there a GFCI reset switch somewhere possibly?

I didn't have anything else I could plug into that outlet to test if it is even working.
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Old 04-20-2015, 09:47 PM   #6
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Is the TV plugged directly into an outlet, or is there a black box that it is plugged into?


My forward TV has a relay (black box with an outlet and 2 12v wires plugged into it) that prevents the TV from working when the ignition is on.

If yours has that you can simply remove the 12v wires plugged into the relay and the TV will come on. (FOR MAINTENANCE PURPOSES)
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Old 04-20-2015, 10:08 PM   #7
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It's plugged directly into an outlet installed behind it. No black box.
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Old 04-21-2015, 01:45 AM   #8
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I modified my 364 to provide power from the inverter to the outlet at the top of the entry steps (below the sink). We just finished our first trip and my passengers were using it to watch dvds from the stereo on the TV. The pro-watt inverter is located in the compartment behind the front water heater--you'll need to remove the plastic guard (four screws) to get to it.

The pro-watt inverter is connected to a pro-watt switch. The switch also has house power coming from the generator/house power line. There's a junction box mounted next to the pro-watt switch that has the input power line coming from the generator/house power to the pro-watt switch and the output power line coming from the pro-watt switch to the refrigerator outlet.

I ran an outdoor romex cable into the junction box and connected it to the refrigerator line. They use a plastic plug to run the refrigerator wire into the juncion box and I broke it off the wire and replaced it with a standard juncion box wire clamp once I fed the second power line. I fed this wire through one of the current holes in the fiberglass box and ran it along one of the wire bundles (with zip ties) to the battery compartment behind the entry steps. There's a hole (with black silicone sealant) leading to the bottom of the sink cabinet above the battery box. I fed the wire under the sink to through this hole. I pulled out the oulet on the cabinet by the entry steps and removed the current feed wire (covering them with wire nuts)--these should be fed into a junction box for safe keeping (should be). If you feed enough wire from the battery box into the cabinet you can get to the wire from under the sink and point it towards the outlet hole in the cabinet. I attached this to the outlet, replaced the outlet in the cabinet and now have inverter/house power close to the TV. It works the same way as the refrigerator--without shore or generator power, you need to turn on the inverter to get power at the outlet.

Couple of notes--we placed some of the web matting (shelf liner material) on top of the counter and use one of the outlets to charge our tablets, etc. I mounted a four connector power strip behind the TV and have my TV/Dish receiver (DVR) and infrared transmitter plugged in to that. When we're on the road I plug the power strip into the cabinet outlet. I also know that the GFI circuit in the inverter works--I walked in and out of the rain and brushed up against the plug and tripped the GFI circuit. This requires a "trip" outside to reach in the compartment and push the reset button on the inverter--it's between the outlets on the inverter.

There you have it--please remember to disconnect all power and make sure your inverter is switched off before you try such a thing. If you want to only use the outlet when the inverter is on, you could simply attach a plug to the romex cable and plug it into the extera outlet on the inverter--it would be much less work. The outlet would only be "hot" when the inverter is switched on. I also considered adding a second outlet to the cabinet--but you get the idea.

Hope this helps.
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Well, that confirms my suspicion that the ProWatt is powerful enough to power them both. I wish they would have wired it this way by default. I hope there isn't a good reason they didn't...

Anyways, thank you for your nice long "guide". I'm going to try and identify some of the parts you've pointed out and see if I can have some luck getting this going.

Has no one else accomplished this?
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Toolman 57. I just have to ask: your third sentence says, "behind the front water heater". (I have a 2015 Georgetown.) what front water heater? I only have one in the back. If there are two, please tell me where the front one is!
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