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Old 01-11-2007, 09:29 PM   #29
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Tim , Im certain I would need to do some upgrades if I was doing the changes
you have made .My systems are basic ,but an inverter would be nice ,but then you need to make other upgrades and so on ,roof A/C would be nice
so Id like to go for that at some point. Well ,i guess ill see how it goes .


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Old 01-11-2007, 09:59 PM   #30
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I guess I am a little late for this recommendation but you may want to still consider it. I found a lot of LCD TV's that are 12 volt. They are sold with a 120 volt cord but are stepped down to 12 volt on the cords. I am using a 19" LCD w/built in DVD player. It is an adiovox. I had to make up a 12 volt cord but it was no big deal. I you look at the inefficacy of the inverters any items you can run on 12 volt while boon-docking are going to be easier to live with. The bottom line is the less you have to run with the inverter the better.

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Old 01-11-2007, 10:08 PM   #31
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Thanks Phil,

Too late for us, however its good info for the next guy.

We bought the TV's already the day after Thanksgiving and did not give any consideration to the power then. We just went for the sale.

I already owned the inverter so it was not a big deal. The inverter I have is 90% efficient. So I'm paying a 10% power price to do it this way ;-)

Plus if we need 110vac for something else we'll have it.
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Old 04-25-2016, 10:07 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by Safari Tim View Post
BTW- just a warning. I know there are people who try to use a DPDT switch to make a manual cut-over by switching the hot and neutral. This has the opportunity to arch across the contacts, or a cheaper switch may make the one side, before breaking the other. Either case blows your inverter.
Just wondering why the relay is okay but the manual DPDT switch is not. Is it because the relay is a higher quality switch? I understand the benefit of having the relay switch automatically. I had a DPDT switch I was going to use for this purpose, but it sounds like I should go with the relay instead.
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Old 04-26-2016, 11:01 AM   #33
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Use a switch that's designed for the purpose. Blue Sea Systems has a source selector switch that uses both conducting (hot) and grounding (neutral) cables and is break-before-make, which is exactly what you need.

No issues with arcing or poor contacts as it is made to ABYC marine standards.

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