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Old 11-12-2013, 01:37 PM   #1
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New FR Stealth with 160w solar: want to hardwire inverter

We have a 2014 Stealth 2313 toy hauler with the Go Power 160w solar panel and smart charger. The solar kit does not have an inverter. We also have the 4000w Onan onboard generator fueled from our onboard fuel station. The generator is louder than the Yamaha we used with our previous trailer so I probably won't run it at night unless we need to use the microwave or AC. We usually camp in the mountains of CO or Montana so don't use the AC much.

The majority of our camping is boondocking completely off the grid. We usually stay two or three nights at one place and then move on to another. Now that we can carry 160 gallons of fresh water we may stay longer at each place.

Looking to add an inverter and probably a second battery. I would like to wire the AC outlets and fridge AC outlet directly to the inverter. I don't plan to use a transfer switch. On the rare occasions we have shore power we can just use the outlets through the inverter (I'll probably keep one or two outlets off the inverter for high current items like a shop vac for cleaning in the driveway).

Can I realistically run the refrigerator full time off the inverter with two batteries and my 160w solar or am I going to deplete the batteries quickly? What about a space heater at night?
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The refrigerator runs on propane and i would not change that.. your batteries will be dead at night just from the fridge. I also have the 2014 Stealth 2714 with the solar panel and I am also looking to install an inverter so i can run my TV's without having to turn on my generator and i want a couple outlets running on the inverter also.
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Thanks. I figured my plan had a major flaw that being battery capacity. I assuming the space heater idea would draw more than the fridge.

For my TV (23" Samsung LCD) and Apple TV I bought a cheapo Schumaker 750w inverter from Wally World and velcroed it to the wall above the TV. I drilled a small hole into the antenna amplifier plate and hard wired the inverter to the DC power going to the plate. Total cost about $60 or $70 bucks and works great and looks pretty clean as well.
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I currently have installed 12v outlet sources and am i using a cobra 400 watt inverter for the living room tv, and I also wired a 75 watt inverter in the bedroom.
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Old 11-12-2013, 03:28 PM   #5
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I noticed that you converted you audio and video panel to component (RBG). Did you have to pull a component cable through the ceiling or did the existing cabling work?
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That audio video port was already installed. The only thing I changed was the 12v source so I can hook up an inverter with the cigarette outlet
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I had previously done some testing with my multi-meter using my stereo, DVD and TV scenarios using a 300w inverter here...

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ter-41381.html

The numbers are on post #7. Just an FYI on the power your using.
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Yes my DVD player is from a different source so the only power I am pulling from the inverter is the Apple TV, and the led LCD 29" tv. Mac wattage on the tv is 30 watts.
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How did you get your Apple TV to work? I tried mine once upon a time and I thought it was requiring wifi.
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Turn your iPhone into a hot spot and connect Apple TV to it. This is how I watch directv in the trailer. I have a jailbroken iPhone with unlimited data plan so I stream everything on my phone. I average 10gb of data usage every Month
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Wow! Lots of data. To turn on hotspot you have to pay for it correct? Mine is not jail broken.
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No free hot spot with jailbroken iPhone
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Wow! Lots of data. To turn on hotspot you have to pay for it correct? Mine is not jail broken.
Depends on your plan and provider. If you switch to one of the new "family sharing" plans, the hot spot is included. Otherwise, it's an extra charge.
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Yes family share plan has limited data.
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Yes family share plan has limited data.
Right. There aren't too many unlimited data plans floating around anymore on AT&T and Verizon. Those (like you, I assume) hang onto them dearly!

I was speaking to the family share plan and the hotspot. It's an included feature when you move to that plan unlike the individual plan where it's a separate upgrade (unless you jailbreak your iPhone and not everyone wants to do that).
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Ditto on the jailbreak for connecting Apple TV to iphone
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No free hot spot with jailbroken iPhone
You may know this and choose to do so anyway, but for other readers- bear in mind that jailbreaking your phone is in violation of Apple's warranty program and using a hotspot when you're not specifically paying for one from your carrier is typically a violation of your mobile contract. It's silly because data should be data and as long as you're paying for it, it should be yours to freely decide how you want to use it- but it is what it is.
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... and using a hotspot when you're not specifically paying for one from your carrier is typically a violation of your mobile contract.
In Texas, and I suspect in most other states, it's more than a violation of your contract, it's a crime. If you do it long enough, you could go to jail. If you want to commit a crime, I don't think you should be posting about doing it in a public forum.
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Jail breaking your iPhone is not a crime. Unlocking the iPhone to use in other carriers is a crime. I think everyone is confused.
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Jail breaking your iPhone is not a crime. Unlocking the iPhone to use in other carriers is a crime. I think everyone is confused.
Agreed, jailbreaking your iPhone is not.

I think Barry's comment isn't about jailbreaking the phone - I believe it is about using your phone as a hotspot when you're not paying for it.
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