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Old 02-14-2011, 02:53 PM   #11
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Then you have good news! The TV will only need about 8 DC amps and the fans about 2 amps each. 400 watts of inverter power should be plenty. Running the TV and my computer to watch movies pulls about 20 amps of DC out of the batteries. 20 amps x 12 volts = 240 watts. Heck most times the cooling fan on the inverter does not run.

If indeed your battery is 55 amp hours capacity, that 2 hour movie is about all you are going to get before it is deader than Hoffa.

It is your battery bank that needs upgrading.
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Old 02-14-2011, 03:35 PM   #12
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I have kids so I think 9 out of ten times we will be full hook ups.
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Old 02-14-2011, 03:43 PM   #13
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I have kids so I think 9 out of ten times we will be full hook ups.
Get a good inverter generator like the Honda or Yamaha. We have a Honda EU3000is and keep it in the box of the truck. It is so quiet you can't tell it is running most of the time. Also just running stuff like the coffee maker, TV etc it will run close to 20 hrs on a tank of gas. We dry camp for 2 days every sept at an old farm village and run off the Honda, which usually runs for around 14 hrs and we use maybe 2 or 2 1/2 gallons of gas. Because of the genny we decided not to run the inverter in the new V-Lite. Although I wired in a 250w to run the TV and DVD in our bedroom after everyone is gone to bed but even that is gone to the wayside as we both have decent laptops now we can watch movies on.
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I would love that generator but not for 1800 bucks. I do have access to a louder commercial one. But perfer not to use cause of noise. Unsure what to do.
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Old 02-14-2011, 04:42 PM   #15
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I would love that generator but not for 1800 bucks. I do have access to a louder commercial one. But perfer not to use cause of noise. Unsure what to do.
I bought the older version of this with free shipping to your door: Wisesales.com | Yamaha Generators EF2400iSHC Super Quiet Portable RV Camping

I have run my 13,500 BTU AC from the generator up to 3500' elevation without a problem....although I leave all other electrical items off if I have the AC on.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:30 PM   #16
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All cause I want to dry camp for a night and run 120v fans and tv. Grrrrrr

I have kids so I think 9 out of ten times we will be full hook ups.

I would love that generator but not for 1800 bucks. I do have access to a louder commercial one. But perfer not to use cause of noise. Unsure what to do.
It sounds like your dry camping and/or boondocking will be infrequent and for short durations. If that is the case, you don't need to make a major investment. If you don't believe your situation would warrant the use of the A/C or microwave, all you would need is a Honda EU1000i to run the television, a few misc items, lights and keep your battery charged. A used one would not be that terribly expensive. If you could find a good deal on a EU2000i, it would allow you to later purchase another one and parallel them. Later when you replace your battery, at least get the largest capacity one that will fit your battery tray or consider a dual set-up.

You don't have to do it all at once. Start small and make sure you are going to enjoy it and if you do then start the "boondocking project".

I can currently go about a week. With a family of four that is about the limit of my holding tanks. I am usually still good with everything else, but when the holding tanks are full, its time to go.

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Times two; what Glenn said. Start small and "move to improve".
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Another suggestion is that you could rent a generator for the first few times you dry camp or if you know someone with one that will let you borrow it. Make sure you will like it first. We love boondocking, but it isn't everyone's cup of tea.
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Another alternative to the Honda or Yamaha is Kipor. They have been around for awhile now and their stuff gets pretty good reviews. The consensus is they are not as good as a Honda or Yamaha but are still a premimum product and can be had for much less money. Magna also makes decent units. I have seen both and they are very nicely made units and very quiet although I believe the Honda is kind of the standard for economy and sound level that does not make these other units a bad choice when you have to juggle the budget with the wants and needs.
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