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Old 03-13-2018, 11:24 AM   #1
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New to class c motorhomes

Before now, I had a class A bit decided to downsize into a class c. I bought a brand new Coachmen Leprechaun 260DS.
My question is about converter vs inverter.
What Iíve found is that unless Iím plugged into shore power or generator, I have only power to my lights, no electrical outlets.
Is this normal?
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Your coach had a converter that transforms grid AC to 12VDC and charges the house batteries. Off-grid AC requires a generator or large inverter with a large storage battery bank, usually backed up with a medium to large solar system, a large expense. Less costly while off-grid boondocking would be use of 12 VDC equipment and propane for heating, etc
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Your coach had a converter that transforms grid AC to 12VDC and charges the house batteries. Off-grid AC requires a generator or large inverter with a large storage battery bank, usually backed up with a medium to large solar system, a large expense. Less costly while off-grid boondocking would be use of 12 VDC equipment and propane for heating, etc


Thx! Iím used to switching in the inverter in the class a when Iím off grid. Iím still adjusting to class c life.
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Thx! Iím used to switching in the inverter in the class a when Iím off grid. Iím still adjusting to class c life.
A class A has WAY more room for a big bank of batteries, than a class C does.
That's why class C's don't usually come with a factory inverter.
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Jegstrup, this is normal unless you have a residential refrigerator. Then it comes equipped with a couple outlets that work with the two 6 volts batteries.
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Old 03-15-2018, 12:40 AM   #6
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Iíll buy a small, maybe 500w, inverter and hook it up to the battery bank so I can charge phone and laptop
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Smile Small electronics charging

Using a 500 watt inverter to charge laptops, iPads, phones wastes a lot of energy because of the heat generated converting DC to AC and again back to 5-26 VDC for personal electronics. A better solution is to purchase 12 VDC to 5 to 26 VDC (laptop) chargers (Amazon). Less energy waste. Inverters also do not reach their 90-95% efficiency unless near their rating (in your example 500 watts). I am able in my Class C to run a 19 in LCD tv with DVD player (12 VDC) and a satellite receiver (w/o hard drive DVR) with about 26 watts or 2.0 amps @13 VDC. Very little battery capacity reduction and about 1 hour in the morning with 200 watts solar charging using tilt adjustable racking (one panel rotates with small ropes) brings my AGM battery system up to maximum. I can provide photos of my installation. Mark H, Electrical Engineer
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I forgot, I use a small 75 to 100 watt inverter to run my Directv receiver (non DVD). It draws less that 10 watts of the 26-30 watts to run my 19 in HDTV and receiver.
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Before now, I had a class A bit decided to downsize into a class c. I bought a brand new Coachmen Leprechaun 260DS.
My question is about converter vs inverter.
What Iíve found is that unless Iím plugged into shore power or generator, I have only power to my lights, no electrical outlets.
Is this normal?
Yes.

You can certainly add an inverter, however make sure you have the battery capacity to support what ever you install.

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And many of us are trying to figure out how to wire an inverter into the 120V wiring of a Class C
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