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Old 01-03-2016, 11:49 AM   #1
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Just bought a brand new 2016 FR evo 200rd. There isn't much info on them cause they are brand new, the dealer didn't even have a brochure on this model. I hadn't planned on buying brand new but got a great price at the RV show. Don't pick it up till next weekend, we are really looking forward to our new toy. I have a lot to learn. Not sure where to ask questions yet. I am looking at generator vrs solar panel with a converter, the unit is wired for a solar panel, so I think it has a converter but is it big enough to eliminate the need for a generator?
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Old 01-03-2016, 11:55 AM   #2
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Pictures! We need pictures!
Congrats on your new trailer and welcome from northern Arizona!
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Old 01-03-2016, 08:18 PM   #3
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Pictures! We need pictures!
Congrats on your new trailer and welcome from northern Arizona!
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i agree, pics....
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Old 01-03-2016, 08:43 PM   #5
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Congrats on the new Evo!
Those RV shows can inspire us to buy unexpectedly. I was considering upgrading after visiting my local RV show back in October. Sorry but I can't provide any feedback to your question.
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Congrats on the new Evo

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In all the ones I found on-line, they all seem to have a 2" receiver hanging under the 4" bumper. It doesn't appear to be any kind of beefed-up bumper, but I don't know.

Interesting!!
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In general terms, a converter and an inverter are opposite. A converter converts 110v a/c current (when plugged in at the campground) to ~12v d/c to run 12v things in your trailer such as lights, pump, furnace, and also charges the battery - most, if not all, RV's come with one. An inverter inverts 12v battery power into 110v a/c to run things like TV's and computers and microwaves, when you don't have access to an a/c socket.
So, a large converter will not eliminate the need for a generator since they provide two different things.
If you want my advice, I would do a lot of reading, and a lot of camping before deciding to make any "power" purchases. If you plan on staying in campgrounds, with the occasional overnight in Walmart, you probably already have everything you need.

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Just bought a brand new 2016 FR evo 200rd. There isn't much info on them cause they are brand new, the dealer didn't even have a brochure on this model. I hadn't planned on buying brand new but got a great price at the RV show. Don't pick it up till next weekend, we are really looking forward to our new toy. I have a lot to learn. Not sure where to ask questions yet. I am looking at generator vrs solar panel with a converter, the unit is wired for a solar panel, so I think it has a converter but is it big enough to eliminate the need for a generator?
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HKK5VXY..._2aeIwbD01Y23S
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Welcome and congrats on your new toy. You will find more information that you ever need on this forum, so don't be afraid to ask.
Before you sign, make sure everything works and the dealer has explained how everything works. You might even video ( w/phone) some of the more complex things like winterizing or furnace and water heater operation.
Wired for solar usually means that the wiring is in the unit for later installation, but not much more.
Before you can make the Generator /solar decision, you need to determine when , how and where you will be using the unit. If it is in the summer in the south solar is probably out as you can not run the AC on solar. There are many great places that explain solar windsun.com is the one I use. you can calculate how much power you will need based on what you expect to run ( and how long) and how much battery and solar capacity you will need. There are many specialized sections of this forum, to get the best and fastest responses, post specific questions in the appropriate section.
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