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Old 01-23-2016, 12:48 PM   #1
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I have a 1978 sovereign 31' that I'm gutting and rebuilding with the goal to live in. I'm leaning towards ripping all the DC power out. It seems like it would be easier to rewire AC power and better options on lights. Anyone have any experience doing this? Good idea? Bad idea?

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Old 01-23-2016, 02:30 PM   #2
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Well, you would destroy a lot of resale value, make it very difficult to boondock and leave you in the dark if the power goes out.

In most rigs the furnace, water heater, refrigerator and water pump require 12vdc to work so those would all require replacement.

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Old 01-23-2016, 03:39 PM   #3
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I ditched nearly all of the DC stuff save the porch lights and the water pump. I run everything through an inverter.

Frankly, I didn't think that I would need to bother with 12 volt in the era of cheap inverters.

It has worked out well for me.


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Inverters are inefficient - you will loose amps converting - you will need bigger batteries, solar panels, etc. to get the same output.
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Perhaps a 10% loss. It does what it needs for me though.

I never intended to use an RV furnace, fridge, or water heater, so it works well for my needs.

120V LED lights are cheap, and available anywhere. In other words, I can run my lights on inverter for less energy than incandescent 12 volt lights.


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