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Old 11-22-2010, 09:38 AM   #29
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What exactly does the built-in inverters power in the newer trailers (2006)?
had heard that the Sony TVs were 12 V but mine plugged into a 110v outlet
The inverter (in my 2010) powers two AC outlets, one of which is by the TV. The TV is 115v Samsung 26" HD (came with trailer). There is also a shore power AC socket by the TV. The inverter that was included with our trailer has a 115v pigtail (plug) on it. This comes from the factory not plugged it to anything. However if you plug this into a shore power 115v outlet, it will run the 115 volt input through a relay directly to the inverters output whenever you have shore power. I plug my TV into the inverter powered wall socket and can watch the TV whether on or off shore power without moving the TV plug back and forth.

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Old 11-22-2010, 09:40 AM   #30
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Rich, I have an idea......you come over tomorrow morning and make coffee for 8 guys on the stove while I put the gearbox on the racecar back together.

Or....you could help me out by answering my original question regarding the inverter.

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Old 11-22-2010, 10:51 AM   #31
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Don't mean to take this off topic but I have an old stovetop perculator - school me on how do you actually cook the coffee with a perculator?
We got rid of our automatic drip for a regular electric perculator a few years ago but I would like to know how to use the backup stovetop just in case.
Do you just boil the water for awhile?
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Old 11-22-2010, 11:22 AM   #32
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So theoretically I CAN make coffee using only the batteries?...
yes theORetically...

the typical 115v ac el' co-maker (1100-1500 watt) will draw ~100-125 amps from the battery/ies.

IF the inverter is sized properly (2000 watt) add another 10% for it and INefficiencies ...

so the total draw from the batteries is 110-140 amps in 1 hour of use.

IF the el' co-maker runs for 15 minutes that is 25-35 amps.

IF the streams got 2 batteries (fully charged) that's about 15% of total capacity used in those 15 minutes.

of course wiring and breakers must be adequate and so on...
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but without info on the inverter capacity, co'maker amperage and battery size...

no one here can really supply an exact answer.

otoh running the genset for 15-20 minutes is simple quick and reliable.
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...school me on how do you actually cook the coffee with a perculator?...
depends on size of the perco' pot.

basically after the water hits boil'n let is wash through the grounds 5-10 minutes...

longer=more bitter and many folks think coffee is supposed 2b bitter.

any of the simple drip cones or presses will make wAy tastier stuff.

or just buy instant coffee.

modern instant coffee is much much better tasting than perc'd swill...



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Old 11-22-2010, 11:23 AM   #33
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This coffee thing is getting to complicated for me.
I think I will just boomdock at WALMART and wait on the coffee shop to open!

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Old 11-22-2010, 11:24 AM   #34
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Six minutes

If my memory serves me right . . . which it might not.... if you are using a small 4-6 cup stovetop percolater, once the first perc hits and you turn it down to keep it from boiling, 6 minutes used to yield perfect coffee. The ehow method says that the percolator will stop perking when the coffee is done.... not so much, it will keep percing as long as you leave it on the heat as I remember it.
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If my memory serves me right . . . which it might not.... if you are using a small 4-6 cup stovetop percolater, once the first perc hits and you turn it down to keep it from boiling, 6 minutes used to yield perfect coffee. The ehow method says that the percolator will stop perking when the coffee is done.... not so much, it will keep percing as long as you leave it on the heat as I remember it.
Do percolators still have a glass top?

I remember when I was young, my mother would take the coffee off the burner when the liquid bubbling up to the top reached a particular darkness.

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I sure hope so

If they don't have a glass top, it's going to be real hard to see it percing. I guess the darkness method, along with just the right aroma method could also be used. Revere Ware used to make an 8-cup stovetop percolator that can still be found on ebay but finding replacements for the glass insert in the cover can be problematic from time to time. But a big ol percolator like that would seem to solve the problem of making coffee for the whole crew.
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Here's the Farberware percolator we have...works great!
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yes theORetically...

the typical 115v ac el' co-maker (1100-1500 watt) will draw ~100-125 amps from the battery/ies.

IF the inverter is sized properly (2000 watt) add another 10% for it and INefficiencies ...

so the total draw from the batteries is 110-140 amps in 1 hour of use.

IF the el' co-maker runs for 15 minutes that is 25-35 amps.

IF the streams got 2 batteries (fully charged) that's about 15% of total capacity used in those 15 minutes.

of course wiring and breakers must be adequate and so on...
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but without info on the inverter capacity, co'maker amperage and battery size...

no one here can really supply an exact answer.

otoh running the genset for 15-20 minutes is simple quick and reliable.
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Thanks for the electrical help. I pretty much have the boil water-make coffee thing handled, as I've owned the same restaurant for 25 years.

Sorry for the attitude- race car was broken and it was getting late. All better now.
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Amazing how much better ya feel with some coffee in your veins ain't it? :-)
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I just thought that water doesn't boil on a stove in California like it does here in Texas.
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I just thought that water doesn't boil on a stove in California like it does here in Texas.
Hi, I think you are right; In Texas you have about a 30 degree head start.
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have you checked your battery terminals, liquid levels, VOLTs

Your inverter is no better than the batteries providing the 12 volt power to the Inverter.

Many times new batteries are required annually.

A slight power drain overnight can deplete the batteries to the point that the Inverter will not function.

There should be at least 4 6 volt golf cart batteries on a separate circuit for the proper use of the inverter.

House batteries should NOT be hooked to the Inverter, Ever.
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