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Old 06-29-2013, 03:27 PM   #1
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What is an inverter? Do I want?

This is as I understand an option that allows you to convert 12v (from charged batteries)to usable electricity for say an iPod - phones - etc when not plugged into shore power

I may be confused - but if you plan on the generator route - then is the inverter needed for boondocking?
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Old 06-29-2013, 03:33 PM   #2
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Also - quick question with this - if you have 2 AC units on a new 30' model - is there much a benefit to awnings all the way around?
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An inverter converts 12v power to 110v power...we have one our 2006 19' Bambi ...it's a 600w ...and we like it a lot...we can use it to charge laptops and phone and run the TV...and small appliances (nothing that requires more that 600 watts) without having to crank up our generator. It's quite handy. It delivers power to a special set of outlets (not as many in number as the regular 110 outlets)...
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An inverter will let you get 110 without running your generator. There are 2 types true sine wave $$$$$ and modified sine wave $. Some electronics don't like the cheaper modified sine wave inverters. You also use about 15% more power converting DC 12 to 110AC

The same applies to generators. True sine wave generators are more expensive, and quieter, than the noisy construction type.
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As to awnings all the way around... your ACs will work better if you have awnings all the way around...but they can always be added post-purchase if you are wondering about it. That's what we did. Of course in our climate, it's doubly good.
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Old 06-29-2013, 03:44 PM   #6
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But with generator - I would need to be running the generator to power the laptop for example? With inserted I can charge batteries with genie or solar and if cool at night can use battery power to tinker on computer and watch tv....

I guess I can see that as a nice mod to have...

Otherwise if off shore power I would need to have generator running to power the tv correct?
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Also - how hard would it be to install an inverter later? Is it a plug and chug type of deal on a 2013 bunkhouse or does it require extensive new wiring etc?
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If the awnings are within your budget you will appreciate them on a hot sunny day. They will help keep the temps down in the AS and the Air Cond. will do it's job more efficiently. I think the main awning is a must for obvious reasons. The rear and other side are optional but will be appreciated.

In my opinion the inverter is optional. It will allow you to convert stored battery power to household 120v for use with some small appliances when boon docking. We don't have one and don't really see a need. If you boondock using a generator ( and we do ) it may give you some flexibility. I'm sure you will get some other opinions here and hopefully they will help guide you to making your decision.

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Old 06-29-2013, 03:58 PM   #9
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Well - I'm to the point in deciding a 2013 vs 2014 model - price on both very good - a bit more for 2014

Starting to think I should get the 2014 that has all that I want
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I would definitely opt for the 600W inverter. Without it, unless you have 100V you will NOT have TV, nor will you be able to recharge your iPhone, computer, etc (unless you get a 12V adapter). The 600W inverter is a true sine wave inverter and works well with your electronics. You can definitely install it later, but if you order it with your trailer you will have special 110V outlets in each section of your trailer that are MARKED as inverter circuits....if you add this later (unless you want to rewire your entire trailer), you will probably have only one place to plug in and get 110V without being either plugged into a campground or using your generator. Also, you definitely want the awning package. They do a great job on the rear window and the SS.
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The inverter is actually 1000W for 2014
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This is correct
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Also - how hard would it be to install an inverter later? Is it a plug and chug type of deal on a 2013 bunkhouse or does it require extensive new wiring etc?
You can get an small inexpensive inverter that plugs into a 12v outlet.Voila! no installation. Or a bigger inverter hard wired and permanently installed.
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