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Old 10-20-2014, 05:05 PM   #1
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Battery question.....

I just bought a 2012 Georgetown. This seems like a very basic question but... How do I operate the RV just using battery power.

Not using the generator and no shore power I would I would like to use the RV's batteries but when I plug something into an outlet it doesn't seem to have power. The master power switch is on and it shows my batteries are fully charged.
Also should I be able to run at least 1 AC unit ?

Is there something I am missing ?
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Old 10-20-2014, 05:09 PM   #2
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Unless you have an "inverter" you won't have power at outlets.
They are 110v not 12v

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Old 10-20-2014, 05:17 PM   #3
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It has an inverter in the back near the 50am cable. I guess then my question is how does it know I want to use the inverter for 110? Should it just turn on by itself or is there a switch I should be using to activate it?
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Old 10-20-2014, 05:17 PM   #4
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My inverter has a switch right on it.


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Old 10-20-2014, 05:30 PM   #5
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Sounds right... I assumed that it could be switched on from the inside. I will go back where my shore power cable is and see if that works.
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Old 10-20-2014, 05:36 PM   #6
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Are you confusing an Inverter and a Converter?

A Converter converts 120 volt AC shore power to run the 12 volt DC items and charge your battery.

An Inverter takes 12 volt battery power and makes 120 volt AC.

Normally, the inverter only powers specific items or outlets.

It will (almost) never run the air conditioner due to the heavy battery draws to create 120 volt AC and 20 amps of AC current (2400 watts) or 200 amps of battery current.
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Old 10-20-2014, 05:41 PM   #7
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Good info.... I want to convert 12B battery power to 120v

Hoping that the inverter has a switch and will power some of the outlets. The previous owner installed 3 more batteries to power some medical equipment that he needed.
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Old 10-20-2014, 06:11 PM   #8
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Sooooo It looks like I only have a converter. It clearly says converter on it.
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Is it possible to add an inverter so that I can use some of the outlets and not the generator ?

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Old 10-20-2014, 06:20 PM   #9
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Is it possible to add an inverter so that I can use some of the outlets and not the generator ?
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Short answer is yes; but it will depend on your level of skill at working with electric; some of which will be high enough to kill.
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Old 10-20-2014, 06:25 PM   #10
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I have an electrical contractor in the family that he just works on homes. He would be pretty cheap but he doesn't know RV's.
Do you think I should go to an RV place to have it installed? I have no experience with electrical.
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