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Old 03-31-2010, 05:30 PM   #1
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Question What outlets are available when using battery power?

We have a 2009 25FB International Airstream trailer. I know our dealer told us this, but we can't remember and can't find it written anywhere. Is there an outlet that supplies 110 power when on battery? I know that the TV works on battery. We will be traveling out West where we will mostly be staying in National Parks and other Federal lands without electricity. If there isn't such an outlet then we need to know to bring an inverter for our computer.

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Only if you have an inverter.
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Hi Mello Mike,

We do. It was part of the original equipment.
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If it makes any difference, it is a 600w inverter.
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To have a 110 volt outlet operational while not on shore power, it would have to be one powered by an inverter unit installed in the trailer. If there is such an outlet, it should be clearly marked as such. Depending on the wattage of the inverter unit, this could run down your batteries pretty quickly. Some televisions can run on 12 volt with their own built-in inverter.

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The 600 watt inverter will put our 5 amps.

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Hi Mello Mike,

We do. It was part of the original equipment.
Okay, if you had an inverter installed when you bought the coach then it could be wired in one of two ways:

1. Providing power to a single 110v outlet.
2. Providing power to all 110v outlets.

My Freedom 10 1000w Inverter provides power to all my 110v outlets.
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jagzoo,

You posted this thread twice. I have deleted the other one.

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Thanks everyone,

Obviously, the smart thing to do it to just disconnect shore power and test!! Guess I could have thought of that before. I'll let you know how Airstream wired it.
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Only the TV outlet is powered
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We have a 2006 19 Safari SE. My guess is that your factory inverter will provide to some but not all outlets, but I don't know that for sure. We have a factory 600w inverter alss...and there are separate receptacles for use when running on the inverter. In our unit we have two inverter outlets...one under the dinette table and one near the TV and cable/satellite incoming lines. Where they are located in your model will most likely be completely different.
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Thanks,

That sounds like what I thought the salesperson said. I'll check tomorrow.
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Awesome tow vehicle in your avatar pic, jagzoo.

We have a 100 watt inverter that plugs into a cigarette lighter on my truck (try Amazon or Radio Shack). It's the size of half a brick and fairly lightweight. I use it to recharge my computer or camera. I recharge when we're underway or running into town or wherever.

I baby the batteries on my Safari. I have a couple LED lanterns for after dark inside. I'll need everything the batteries have to run the furnace fan if it's getting cold at night. Try to develop an understanding about what it takes to avoid discharging lead-acid batteries much lower than 45% (eg, see this chart). I got 4.5 years off the first pair and am finally replacing them this spring. I can do some email and AIR Forums at night -- but no DVD or hulu action. That's what campfires are for.
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THanks CanoeStream,

Boy, don't we wish we could use "GOTSMRT" as a tow vehicle! I even wish we could load her onto our truck bed and take her with us.

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.
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