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Old 05-12-2013, 09:07 PM   #1
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Poor man's inverter

I am tired of running the generator so my kids can watch TV or charge their Gamebody/Ipod/Etc.

I bought a 750W inverter at Sams for $29.99 and I ran a front circuit to run the DVD player and TV. I will later run a rear circuit to the rear dinette.

First, I had to drill a hole to run the wire from the DVD cabinet (front upper right corner). I drilled it just behind the front shade.

I then ran it through the engine compartment and back along the top of the frame (where other wires run) to the battery compartment under the stairs. I mounted the inverter by 4 sets of tie wraps (redundancy) around a support beam. I currently am just using the alligator clips to connect to the battery, but will make that more permanent at a future date. Now it's off to the hardware store to find a plug to install in the upper cabinet.
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:24 PM   #2
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Great idea. And with the money you saved, you can buy a ______________!
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:31 PM   #3
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My one concern would be water getting into the Inverter while driving on wet pavement. I haven't seen one mounted in an open area such as yours. Usually they're mounted inside a compartment. Water & Electricity don't go together well.
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:18 PM   #5
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My one concern would be water getting into the Inverter while driving on wet pavement. I haven't seen one mounted in an open area such as yours. Usually they're mounted inside a compartment. Water & Electricity don't go together well.
At $29 I can afford another one! I'll let you know if I have any problems. It's mounted pretty high.
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:27 PM   #6
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Put it in a ziplock bag or 2.

If water gets in it you'll know real quick !
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Also be careful with that style inverter it is a modified sine wave using that to charge batterie will greatly hurt the capacity of the battery and can also cause problems with electronics.
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Also be careful with that style inverter it is a modified sine wave using that to charge batterie will greatly hurt the capacity of the battery and can also cause problems with electronics.
I'll let you know if I have any problems. I've used a similar one in my car for years with no issues.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:49 AM   #9
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I did something similar except mounted the inverter under the passenger seat. I used a modified sine wave inverter for a couple years but switched to a pure sine wave to eliminate some odd interference patterns on the tv. The ipad/iphone chargers didn't like modified sine wave unit I had either.
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:04 PM   #10
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I too would like to add an inverter on my 2013 xl 378. I am looking at putting it behind the 12 volt fuse panel and then taking the wire off of the 15 amp breaker and running it into a DPDT switch so I can switch it back to 120 when parked at a site. The DVD/radio should still play the movie and the TV over the fireplace will be powered by the inverter.
Does this sound possible to anyone?
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