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Old 09-02-2009, 01:25 AM   #1
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What type of invert I should get????

I want to purchase an inverter but not sure what type for my needs.
I only want to run the 32' flat living area, 26' bed rm tv and DVD player. No micro wave or fridge or anything else. Sometimes on long trips I might stop and wolly doc at walmart and I do not like to run the genny and fall asleep. Yes, I have safety protectors for fumes however, I am not one to trust the devices at sleep time. P.S going down the road I exercise my genny but not at sleep time.

Which is better plug the inverter in the cigerette lighter or directly to the battery?

What are you opions of the true stabilizer bar to control blow outs and Front wheel tracking? I want to get this but wanted to hear your thoughts.
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Old 09-02-2009, 01:49 AM   #2
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Shorty, Speaking from experience the Modified Sine Wave (MSW) inverters will not run your TVs correctly as I assume we both have the same ones. I ended up getting lots of noise and sparkles on the screen with a MSW inverter and it was noticable in the audio as well.

You will need a True Sine Wave inverter. For your needs 1000 watts is enough. Be warry of no name units. Look into the Xantrex Prosine, you will notice that the prices are high for these. If someone else claims to have a TSW inverter for a hugely lower price then you are getting what you pay for. Good quality inverters are usually not cheap.
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:22 AM   #3
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I can recommend Xantrex based on our experience with our RS3000. I especially like the Control Panel which indicated a Low AC Line 1 Input Voltage one evening. Upon investigation I found the neutral had fried the lug due to it never being completely tight from the factory. This could have resulted in a fire had the Control Panel not given the warning.
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Thank you both! I am off to find and purchase.
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Old 09-14-2009, 10:53 PM   #5
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I purchased the xantrex inverter 1800 from camping world. This should be more than enough to power up my three tv's, two DVD players, 1 laptop, and 1 wii game, right? Camping world in Winchester va will install next month when I will be there for the wine and hot air ballon event for the weekend.
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Sorry to be asking a stupid question here but I am really confused. I have a 2010 Georgetown 379TS that apparently is equipped with a converter with a 3 stage battery charger (Parallax). If I go with a Prosine that is ONLY an inverter, then I will still need my converter/charger. If I go with the RS3000 that is an inverter/charger, will this simply replace my current converter/charger? From what I understand, my current converter/charger not only charges my coach batteries but it also provides 12V power to the coach when connected to shore power. If the RS3000 is an inverter/charger does that necessarily mean that it is NOT a converter? If so, then I would still need to keep my current converter/charger to provide 12V power when connected to shore power. It would appear then that I would have two 3 stage chargers attempting to charge my coach batteries when connected to shore power or running the generator. Is that a problem.

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Sorry to be asking a stupid question here but I am really confused. I have a 2010 Georgetown 379TS that apparently is equipped with a converter with a 3 stage battery charger (Parallax). If I go with a Prosine that is ONLY an inverter, then I will still need my converter/charger. If I go with the RS3000 that is an inverter/charger, will this simply replace my current converter/charger? From what I understand, my current converter/charger not only charges my coach batteries but it also provides 12V power to the coach when connected to shore power. If the RS3000 is an inverter/charger does that necessarily mean that it is NOT a converter? If so, then I would still need to keep my current converter/charger to provide 12V power when connected to shore power. It would appear then that I would have two 3 stage chargers attempting to charge my coach batteries when connected to shore power or running the generator. Is that a problem.

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The RS300 will be wired as the battery charger with a temperature sensor to prevent any unsafe condition in extreme temperatures. Your Converter will still be the source where your 12 Volts for lighting etc will come from. The charger on the RS3000 is a 3 stage charger. It charges in BULK when the batteries are down to the lowest pre-determined voltage. ABSORPTION when the charge of the batteries are within 20% of capacity and FLOAT which maintains the batteries at capacity without causing a boiling condition. This FLOAT charge enables me to leave the coach plugged in all winter without worrying about any battery freezing.
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That makes sense. I assume the Converter will be re-wired so as to no longer provide the battery charge function. The manual that came with my coach indicated that when the battery disconnect switch is off that the coach batteries are isolated and not being charged. I know that when my coach is connected to shore power and my battery disconnect switch is off, that my DC lights still work so clearly the converter was providing DC power directly to the coach and not simply charging the batteries. I had talked to the tech at our local CW yesterday at length and he had told me that they would remove the existing converter as the RS3000 would provide the 12V power needed. When I read over the literature on the Xantrex website, however, there was no mention of providing 12V power (converter) but rather just 3 stage charging which I assumed was different. I was very confused. I am worried now they they may not know what they are doing. Would I be better going to a Forest River Dealer and have them do the install?
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Allan, Don't know why you are wanting to replace the whole shooting match when the Georgetowns come with a good 3 stage charger/converter already. Just buy an inverter and be done with it. I highly recommend the Xantrex Prosine 1000 or 1800 depending on your needs. Also much cheaper this way. Although I guess that is realative as the Xantrex products tend to be very expensive anyway. The money you save could be used for other upgrades like solar panels or something else you want to do.
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The ProSine 1800 is $1,349 where as the RS3000 is $1,959 so the cost difference is not great. One thing that I find attractive about the RS3000 is that it can actually be installed inline so the installation of a new sub-panel is not necessary.
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