I bought a 2013 Solera that I truly enjoy. I wanted to be able to watch TV without running my generator or using a 110AC source, while in camp or on the road. (NOT when I'm driving
I thought a simple solution would be to purchase a small, simple inverter (1000 Continuous Watts) that would fit in the cabinet where the TV's AC plug is currently attached. Conveniently, there is a 12V DC plug next to the 110 AC outlet.
The TV/DVD draws far less wattage than the inverter is rated for, so it seemed like an easy fix, right? Take the TV plug, stick it into the inverter, plug the inverter into the 12V DC outlet -- turn on the TV -- you're watching the Lakers! Not exactly...
I set it up, and turned on the TV, it tried, but it never came on. The inverter alarm sounded indicating "too little voltage", and cycled off. The batteries were fully charged, so voltage shouldn't have been an issue. I bought a decent name brand sine wave tuned inverter (not cheap), so that wasn't the problem. Bottom line --no TV.
HOWEVER... my system worked fine AS LONG AS THE INVERTER WAS PLUGGED IN TO THE "FULL TIME" 12V DC PLUG ON THE SPRINTER ITSELF.
I spoke with my Forest River RV authorized service center and with an electrician. The answer (from them) was the gauge of wiring used in the 12V DC outlets was too small to support my set up. I could rewire the 12V outlets with heavier gauge wire, (not going to happen) or wire a single dedicated 12V outlet directly to the battery and place it wherever I wish. I have opted to keep on doing what I'm doing in the mean time.
Anyone else with the same problem, or better yet, any simple ideas to solve mine?