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Old 12-27-2013, 04:52 PM   #11
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Just remember the formula Watts / voltage = amps. 2000/12=166.66 1000/12=83.33 and so on. Make sure your wiring can handle the current draw.
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Old 12-27-2013, 04:55 PM   #12
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Thanks for the advice.
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Old 12-27-2013, 06:40 PM   #13
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That and stay as close to the batteries as possible.
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Old 12-27-2013, 06:42 PM   #14
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How about buying a cigarette lighter inverter like this http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page...ter%20inverter and start your onboard generator to power the microwave and coffee maker when needed. Just a suggestion.
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Old 12-27-2013, 10:55 PM   #15
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How about buying a cigarette lighter inverter like this http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page...ter%20inverter and start your onboard generator to power the microwave and coffee maker when needed. Just a suggestion.

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Old 12-28-2013, 08:12 AM   #16
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Your batteries are running in parallel, meaning that the output is still 12 volts but the capacity doubles. Make sure you connect the inverter to the correct poles so that you can benefit from both batteries. Here is a sample picture. Disregard the AH (amp hours).



Here is some good reading for installing an inverter:

RV Inverter Install: Four Different DIY Methods to Get off the Grid
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Old 01-01-2014, 09:06 AM   #17
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We have one of the cigarette lighter inverters. I plug that in then run an extension cord back to where the kids need power for their electronics. Get a decent one that also has the usb plugs as well (then you can use that for phones/gps/etc).

Like the others have also stated, we then just run the Gen for the micro or coffee maker. Since we are in FL, we usually have the gen running anyway for the AC, only real exception is winter.
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Old 01-02-2014, 10:35 AM   #18
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I just bought the Bestek 300 watt inventor from Amazon. It has two outlets and two USB ports. Hopefully it does the trick. Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
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I'll have to check the size. They might be a 6 or 8 gauge wire. Maybe 1k would be better then. I will just have to shutdown breakers to things I don't need.
6 or 8 AWG is much too small unless your inverter will be within about 2 ft. from the batteries.

Plugging the shore cable directly to the inverter output will work fins so long as you always remember to turn off the converter. I wired mine that way, and all was well until the day I forgot to turn it off. The batteries ran down real quick.

I ended up connecting the coil of a normally closed relay to the inverter output. Then I used the contacts to interrupt the power to the converter. Now, turning on the inverter automatically turns the converter. To monitor the state of things, I wired a red neon pilot light across the relay coil, and a green on across the converter.

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