Our little Bambi came from the factory with about every option including an inverter. It was originally a 600 watt unit that Airstream had mounted below the left settee next to the water tank. It failed while the trailer was under warranty so, as we were just days into a six week trip, my dealer shipped me a new replacement so that I could install it (I've performed most of the warranty repairs on our Bambi). The replacement was a redesign that actually had more capacity at 1000 watts. Of course it was larger and the fit was marginal but I got it in there and we now had an inverter that was "almost" big enough to run my little Moccamaster coffee machine. So close...but no cigar! Coffee on the road was just not to be from my preferred brewer.
This got me thinking... I didn't like the new installation as it makes access to tank drains and other wiring difficult. I couldn't make coffee the way I like without plugging in to shore power or a generator... Surely, I could do better than this?
While walking through West Marine one day (we have a sailboat) I spotted a 2000 watt inverter by Xantrex that I thought might fit someplace...and it was "only" $450! West has a great return policy so, home it came!
This was in September, I had a good 4 months to figure everything out before our trip. As is typically the case, I began the installation less than a week before we are due to hit the road. I had to move it out from under the port settee, it was just a little too big for that location. I chose to mount it beneath the seat on the other side instead, next to the little sub that I also replaced (I am difficult to please).
Of course, although my 12volt wire runs would be much shorter than Airstreams original run, the wire they used for the original 600 watt inverter was entirely inadequate so, back to West Marine for wire, a larger fuse, conduit, lugs, the inverter remote control head, etc.
I am about done with my little project now. I've made coffee by inverter power (yay!) and the cost about doubled my original guess. I took this opportunity to add a couple of 12 volt
ports to the hamper at the head of the bed so we can each power (or charge) phone, iPad or whatever... Time to clean everything up and head out of here!