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Old 04-05-2011, 05:02 AM   #1
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120 volt outlets from battery power?

I have a 2010 22' sport trailer that I have been enjoying for the past year. Now that my 2 year old is convinced that there are monsters in the trailer, she needs a nightlight on to sleep. I discovered this past weekend that the outlet in the kitchen gets no power from batteries. I expected that there would be an inverter to allow me to run the outlets from the batteries, assuming I have enough power left to run whatever I'm trying to. Was this assumption incorrect, or do I need to flip a switch somewhere or something like that?



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Old 04-05-2011, 05:06 AM   #2
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Inverters are an option. If all you need is a nightlight, use an LED light it will be much more efficient.

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Old 04-05-2011, 05:07 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forums. Did your trailer come with an inverter? If not, no 120 volt outlets are powered when not plugged in to shore power. Probably your best bet would be to find a single bulb light and replace it with a small LED. Use that as a night light, as they don't burn a lot of power. One would burn much less than a tenth the power of a single bulb, cost less than an inverter, and draw MUCH less power than an inverter.
Probably the single fixture with two bulbs in the bathroom would be a good candidate. You'd need two LEDs, but you could swing the bathroom door mostly closed so you can sleep, and the youngster can see there are no monsters.
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:52 AM   #4
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Another vote for an LED solution. I have a couple of over head cabinet lights that have low intensity LED's in them. The indirect glow is perfect for my two sleeping children and has a negligible draw on the battery.

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Old 04-05-2011, 02:15 PM   #5
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Welcome to the Forums, Eric. I hope you will find much information here that will enhance your Airstreaming experience.

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