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Old 06-29-2016, 04:37 PM   #1
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I have a 2015 rockwood 194hw, does anyone know if any of the GFI outlets can be used without shore power?
I have a little inverter in my truck that runs off of the 12v system and I can plug in small 120v things, i.e. Phone charger, or small coffee pot . I would check it out for myself if I were in town. Thanks


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Old 06-29-2016, 04:43 PM   #2
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Unless you have an inverter that is somehow connected to the GFI outlets, then no.
Without shore power there is no 120v at GFI outlets.
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Outlets will ONLY work with shore power or generator power.

Most RVs don't have inverters but all have CONverters.
You would have to wire an inverter into all the outlets.

A simpler solution would be to wire an inverter to the batteries.
I hard wired a 400w inverter to my dual batteries. It has two outlets and USB ports.
I use it for tv/dvd and recharging electronic devices.

But you need at least two deep cycle batteries.
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Old 06-29-2016, 05:21 PM   #4
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Thanks bikedan ,
Mine has both, I also have a 400 W inverter in the storage compartment near the front of my camper, it was installed by the previous owner, but the plugs are useless to me because of their location


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Old 06-29-2016, 05:25 PM   #5
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These are a few articles I always suggest those starting out in the RV life to read, as it explains the RV's electrical systems in layman terms:

Basic RV Electricity - RV Information (RV Maintenance)

RV Converters and Amp Draw - RV Information (RV Maintenance)
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Old 06-29-2016, 05:59 PM   #6
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The problem you will run into is plugging the camper into an inverter is it will try to draw enough to charge the house battery and power all the 12V electrical system as well as the 120V system like the microwave.

It may be possible with some persistence switch off breakers on the converter every time you do this, to make it work without overloading the small inverter in your truck. But I wouldn't bet on it working. Much less think it is worth the effort to do it every time. (Your thought on that may be different from mine though.)

What you probably need is some 12V outlets inside the camper.
USB phone chargers will work of the internal 12 V and coffee is better from a French Press anyway, IMO. You can also get 12V computer power supplies if you need them.
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I have a 2015 rockwood 194hw, does anyone know if any of the GFI outlets can be used without shore power?
I have a little inverter in my truck that runs off of the 12v system and I can plug in small 120v things, i.e. Phone charger, or small coffee pot . I would check it out for myself if I were in town. Thanks


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I have the exact model and unless you are on shore power or running a generator you will not have AC. They stock battery will support an ac converter for a Little while but it will drain fast if you have lights/fridge on even in propane it draws some power and so do the propane detector. Your Microwave will only work with AC plugged in or a med size generator of around 2000 watts and air condition with at least a 3500 watt generator.
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