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Old 04-05-2014, 01:33 AM   #1
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Sorry if this topic has been discussed to death. I'm looking at a FC 23 D. How important is it to have an inverter, and if I don't have one is the TV and microwave the only thing I cannot run? Thanks
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Old 04-05-2014, 03:45 AM   #2
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inverter's take 12 Volts Direct curent and converts it to 125 Volts A.C.
with out an inverter you can't run any thing that uses A.C. volts.
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inverter's take 12 Volts Direct curent and converts it to 125 Volts A.C.
with out an inverter you can't run any thing that uses A.C. volts.
Almost correct. The statement should read: inverter's take 12 Volts Direct curent and converts it to 125 Volts A.C.
with out an inverter you can't run any thing that uses A.C. volts when you are off-grid unless you have a generator.

Inverters are used when there is no available 120VAC power to plug the coach into. They draw 12VDC from your battery bank and transform it into 120VAC house current and the way Airstream installs them, power a select number of 120VAC outlets only.
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Even with an inverter you still cannot run large AC appliances like an air conditioner. Even the coffee pot and microwave require more power than can be supplied by the typical inverter. You can run your LCD TV, charge your laptop and other small items, mostly under 600 watt which is a standard size inverter.

The inverter doesn't run for free, it requires power from the battery. Unless you have a generator or solar power, that inverter will draw the battery down fairly fast with no way to replace it. I have a built in inverter in my TV which allows us to run my son's video games, laptop or play a DVD on the television while we drive. The alternator will replace the power in the battery lost to the inverter.

Although I have a 600 watt inverter in the AS, I really don't see the need for one. You can buy adapters for most portable electronics that will allow them to run off of 12 VDC. Most electronic devices plug into 110 AC with an adapter that drops them down to 9 or 12 VDC. Why not just get the adapter that allows you to use the 12? I have a boom box for my satellite radio and 2 power cords; 1 for AC and 1 for DC. It works great
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I use my inverter for everything in my build , I can even run my a/c..... For about 30 minutes, before killing my batteries.
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I use my inverter for everything in my build , I can even run my a/c..... For about 30 minutes, before killing my batteries.


I'm surprised you can get 30 minutes out of them, must be a small A/C or a very large inverter and batteries. Our fishing group had rented a houseboat and we didn't want to fire up the diesel genny so we tried running the old tube TV on the inverter. That lasted about 30 minutes and you should have seen the size of those houseboat batteries.
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I am still running the old Armstrong a/c and two 100 amp hour deep cycle batteries.

Maybe the houseboat batteries were used up, and maybe the old tube TV takes about as much juice as my old A/C ...
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I use my inverter for everything in my build , I can even run my a/c..... For about 30 minutes, before killing my batteries.
So, you built your own system? Like Lew pointed out, late model Airstreams only provide a few outlets that are tied to the inverter circuit. I have used mine to charge my phone and tablet and once did watch a little tv just to see if it worked. It did but I didn't test it to see how long it would last.
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I use my inverter for everything in my build , I can even run my a/c..... For about 30 minutes, before killing my batteries.

What is the brand and power output rating of your inverter?


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Magnum Energy offers US MADE inverters and inverter/chargers from 600 watts to 2800 watts for 12VDC systems.

They go as large as 4400 watts for 48VDC systems and are all fully field serviceable.
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Thanks for all the replies. So it sounds to me the built in inverter adds little value. Even if you are off the grid your battery life is extremely limited. A portable generator seems to be a better solution. Any thoughts. What generator is considered the best.
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Thanks for all the replies. So it sounds to me the built in inverter adds little value. Even if you are off the grid your battery life is extremely limited. A portable generator seems to be a better solution. Any thoughts...
When we first got our custom-ordered 2007 23' Safari with two factory installed solar panels, we wanted all of the options, which included a 600-watt Pure Sine Wave Inverter made by WFCO. Since we rarely watch TV or DVD's, we have not used this inverter in years! But while you are "Currently looking", you might want to also explore having a solar charging system. We greatly rely on it for several 5-day non-hookup camping trips (see notes) each year!
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My inverter is a 5,000 watt unit, I can't remember the brand name offhand, but I do remember the reviews on the unit were good.

And I did rewire everything, every single wire.
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We use our inverter to power the TV & Sat receiver (or DVD player) in the evenings when we're at a camping without Shore Power... Handy to recharge small devices too, like phones, razors, drills, etc...

We fire up our little red 2K inverter Honda each morning to recharge our batteries...
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