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Old 10-13-2013, 11:14 AM   #1
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Outlets not working while driving

Okay, so house batteries are on, inverter is on, fridge is powered and we're on the road. Had my cell phone plugged in to charge and noticed its not charging. Checked 2 other outlets and no power. Now since we're driving, I haven't been able to check all outlets or even on the other side of the rig, so perhaps its a blown fuse?
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:35 AM   #2
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Post what rig you have. If you have the residential fridge, the inverter only feeds the fridge. Your 110 outlets only work with shore power or generator on.
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:41 AM   #3
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In our MH not all outlets will work, only a few a hooked into the inverter. A simple way to check is turn on the inverter and take a night light and try all the outlets, bet you will find some will work, others will not. Make sure your not hooked up to shore power when you do this. In ours, some in bedroom, entertainment center will work, while ones in kitchen will not.
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Old 10-13-2013, 01:59 PM   #4
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Thanks everyone! Apparently our inverter only powers our residential fridge. I thought the house batteries would power the outlets. Thanks for the info on that. The outlets were fine on shore power and I'm sure also when generator is on. So much for crock pot cooking while driving to a further destination!
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I plan on running the generator on long trips to be able to use the forward AC unit and make the family comfortable. Not sure how much fuel the generator uses, but I bet very very little. You could do the same and use your crock pot along with other things.
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I have a class C Sunseeker rather than the Georgetown but saw this and wanted to chime in... If it's just a crockpot, you might be further ahead to pick up a portable inverter at Walmart, run it off a cigarette lighter outlet (or 12 volt outlet somewhere), and run the crockpot off of that. Some outlay for the inverter but then free. Agreed, the generator doesn't use much fuel (it's in the generator owners manual) but why use any just for a crockpot.
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I plan on running the generator on long trips to be able to use the forward AC unit and make the family comfortable. Not sure how much fuel the generator uses, but I bet very very little. You could do the same and use your crock pot along with other things.
If I recall properly the Generator uses approximately 1 gal/ per hour on 50% load. Your AC unit is not quite half the load when running.
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I have a class C Sunseeker rather than the Georgetown but saw this and wanted to chime in... If it's just a crockpot, you might be further ahead to pick up a portable inverter at Walmart, run it off a cigarette lighter outlet (or 12 volt outlet somewhere), and run the crockpot off of that. Some outlay for the inverter but then free. Agreed, the generator doesn't use much fuel (it's in the generator owners manual) but why use any just for a crockpot.
LOL! Agreed! Probably will do that in the summer months when it might be more necessary to run the front a/c to cool the rig down.
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I don't know how much power your crock pot will draw and I wouldn't want to put that much strain on the battery/alternator/inverter. Why not get a 12v crock pot?
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A 5500 watt Onan generator will draw about 0.3 gallon of gasoline per hour with no load, 0.6 gallon per hour at 50% load, and almost 1 gallon per hour under full load. Our crock pot uses 180 to 250 watts depending on the temperature setting. Just total up how many watts you are using, and you can interpolate an estimate for the generator fuel consumption.

As for using the crock pot while you are driving, just stick it in the kitchen sink so it does not fall off the counter if you make a sudden stop.
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