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Old 03-31-2010, 10:01 PM   #15
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Please note that using an inverter on batteries will cut their charge down quickly. I have 2 group 27 marine batteries in my MH. Using a 175 watt inverter for tv gives us about 7 hrs of usable 110 AC power. Even less if using lights, fridge, & other 12 volt items. If thinking about doing this for a whole weekend, find a way to charge them back up.

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Old 03-31-2010, 10:11 PM   #16
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Our inverter outlets are under the dinette in the back wall and next to the tv.
They are marked at inverter outlets. If you intend to do a lot of dry camping and, at the same time, use some AC stuff you might consider getting a generator like a Honda 2000. It will run you about $800 to $900.

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Thanks,

We do also have a Honda 2000 generator that we intend to "top off" the batteries with. So I guess we are set. I did go and test - the outlets under the dinette and by the TV are the active ones.

Thanks to everyone for your help. This is a great site!

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Instead of adding another inverter to your bag of tricks, you might consider a DC/car power supply for your laptop. iGo (www.igo.com), Tumi (TUMI > Ultra Slim Universal Power Adaptor Kit > Electronics), etc. offer these. Much more efficient than going from DC-AC-AC-DC.

Alternatively, you can plug you laptop AC power supply into the same outlet as your TV and use your existing inverter.

In either case, be sure to turn off your inverter when not in use to conserve your coach batteries!
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Question for those using the Honda 2000: Do you use it to charge the 12v batteries or connect it to the shore power connector? (It seems like it would be more efficient to charge the 12v batteries directly when boondocking, but I don't know.)

Also, it seems like some of you have both solar panels and generators, which sounds like the ideal setup. For those of us on limited funds, which is more practical, efficient or reliable?

Since our 19-foot Bambi has limited space for solar panels, we are looking closer at a generator. Also, there seems to be some controversy on whether the Honda 2000 will power the air conditioner. Any comments or experiences to share? Since our air conditioner will almost run on the 15 amp circuit on our patio (will run for a few minutes, then blows the circuit breaker on the house), I wonder if the Honda 2000 will work (with nothing else on in the trailer).
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You will need 2 Honda 2000 watt generator hooked together to run your airstream Air Conditioner. If you plug your airstream into 110 and try to run the AC, my understanding is that you can ruin your airstream's Air Conditioner.
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You will need 2 Honda 2000 watt generator hooked together to run your airstream Air Conditioner. If you plug your airstream into 110 and try to run the AC, my understanding is that you can ruin your airstream's Air Conditioner.
Are you sure that you have that worded correctly? Are you saying that the AC can't be run with shore power?

I was told not to use a single Honda EU2000i to power an AC or it would ruin it. So, I have two Hondas to run in tandem when shore power is not available for the AC.

I am new to all of this so I guess I could be missing something on this???

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THanks CanoeStream,

Your suggestion to use the inverter off the truck battery to save the trailer batteries when we are dry camping for any length of time is a good idea. I do have a 100 watt inverter like that.

Thanks for the suggestion. Also, thanks for the chart.
They do make a device that will allow you to use your start battery down to a point where you will still be able to start, cutting off your other uses. Can't remember the name or who had it, but hopefully someone else here will.
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Are you sure that you have that worded correctly? Are you saying that the AC can't be run with shore power?

I was told not to use a single Honda EU2000i to power an AC or it would ruin it. So, I have two Hondas to run in tandem when shore power is not available for the AC.

I am new to all of this so I guess I could be missing something on this???

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You can safely run your AC on shore power if it is 30 AMP shore power.

With no shore power you need two 2000w generators in parallel or a 3000w to safely run the AC. Some say the Yamaha 2400 works OK but I'd personally prefer two 2000s.
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Question for those using the Honda 2000: Do you use it to charge the 12v batteries or connect it to the shore power connector? (It seems like it would be more efficient to charge the 12v batteries directly when boondocking, but I don't know.)

Also, it seems like some of you have both solar panels and generators, which sounds like the ideal setup. For those of us on limited funds, which is more practical, efficient or reliable?

Since our 19-foot Bambi has limited space for solar panels, we are looking closer at a generator. Also, there seems to be some controversy on whether the Honda 2000 will power the air conditioner. Any comments or experiences to share? Since our air conditioner will almost run on the 15 amp circuit on our patio (will run for a few minutes, then blows the circuit breaker on the house), I wonder if the Honda 2000 will work (with nothing else on in the trailer).
When using a generator you can top off your batteries by direct connect to the batter with 12v cables, but we use the shore power cord plugged into the generator...so the batteries are charged through the converter...and all the 110 outlets are also live when the generator is on.

We have factory solar, and it does pretty well, depending on weather, angle of the sun and whether we are parked in shade, etc... but we also have a single 2000w generator which is both efficient and reliable ... in all conditions (except for running the AC)...

We would need two 2000w generators in parallel to run our AC. "Almost" running the AC on regular household circuit is not good for the AC. It needs more power to start the compressor...underpowering the compressor is going to affect the life of the AC... Two 2000s are recommended.
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FWIW, the Honda 2000i rated maximum output is 16.7 amps, 13.3 nominal; not enough to support the A/C.

Also, Honda now has a 2000i "companion" with integrated parallel adapter and 30 amp outlet. Nice optino for those who need to run two 2000i's.

Most of the year we travel with 1 2000i which runs the whole trailer, except the microwave and A/C.
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I just ran through this thread, and it doesn't look like the original question was really answered. There should be one 120 volt outlet under the dinette table, and one in the bedroom, that are powered by the inverter.
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Sorry, if I hijacked this thread; but thanks for the info...
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