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Old 05-08-2021, 12:00 PM   #1
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12 volt won’t send power to plugs

We are new to Airstream, love our 08 Classic. Wife wants her coffee after I have taken down shore power on moving day. She can’t use her coffee maker since the plugs are shut off without shore power. Is there a way for her to get juice out of a 110 wall plug to make her Java juice?
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Old 05-08-2021, 12:06 PM   #2
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O Yes, but it’s a worm hole that might not be worth a cup of coffee. You will need a 3000 watt inverter and the switches and fuses to go with it.
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Old 05-08-2021, 12:36 PM   #3
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Airstream uses 2 different voltage systems. Wall plugs are 110 volt. Your coffee maker etc uses 110 volts. The 12 volt system runs the light , fans, and water pump etc. The trailer has a converter to convert 110 volt to 12 volts to charge the batteries when pluged into shore power, and run the 12 volt side of the trailer. Unless you have an inverter to change the 12 volt battery power back to 110 volt, when you are not on shore power, your coffee maker will not work. Suggest buying one of the 12 volt coffee makers for this situation!!
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Old 05-08-2021, 12:53 PM   #4
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Our 2020 Int & 2021 FC both are able to run our Nespresso machine, vacuum & toaster off of the inverter when not plugged into shore power. ...One at a time... The only appliance of ours that wont run off the OEM inverter is the microwave.
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Old 05-08-2021, 01:59 PM   #5
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So to summarize the replies above, yes if you have an inverter that is powerful enough for your coffe pot, but not all airstreams have an inverter. So you first need to detemine if yo have an inverter, and if it is powerful enough. Otherwise as GMFL indicated, you can consider modifications that would enable yoo to do this. Why not just boil water on your stove and use a pour over or french press?--Frank
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Old 05-08-2021, 02:03 PM   #6
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Heat water on the LP stove and use a drip coffee maker or a percolator.
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Old 05-08-2021, 02:03 PM   #7
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I posed your query to my best half. She's a coffee gotta have it type.

Her suggestion, disconnect shore power AFTER making the coffee.
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Old 05-08-2021, 09:00 PM   #8
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Just a question, are there any 12 volt receptacles mounted within the interior of the Airstreams or outside? My former trailer had one in a compartment for the tire minder antenna and one for the TV area such as DC power supplies.
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Old 05-09-2021, 05:58 AM   #9
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I got the little champion generator out a couple weeks ago, while boondocking, hooked it up to a 20lb propane tank, fired it up, plugged the trailer in, all so my lovely wife could dry her hair
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Old 05-10-2021, 09:38 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by GCinSC2 View Post
I posed your query to my best half. She's a coffee gotta have it type.

Her suggestion, disconnect shore power AFTER making the coffee.
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Old 05-10-2021, 09:50 AM   #11
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If we aren't on shore power, we generally use an Aero Press or French Press with water heated up on the stovetop, or we fire up the generator and use the coffee maker. I don't like to bring the coffee maker along because it's big and bulky and it's a power hog. I thought about a Nespresso machine, but they're all 1,000W+ and I've only got a 1,000W inverter.

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Old 05-10-2021, 01:09 PM   #12
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if you get a very low powered coffee pot (less that 1000 watts) it will work. We tried that, it isn't the best coffee! Decided to go with a French Press -water heated on the gas stove. Ah, now we are awake.
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Old 05-10-2021, 01:16 PM   #13
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We use a French Press when there's "no power"...or Starbucks Vias.

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Old 05-10-2021, 03:29 PM   #14
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The last thing I do before pulling out of the site is pull the 30 amp plug and store it. All the other tasks are completed first. On a hot day you will be glad you wait to pull the plug.

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Old 05-10-2021, 07:39 PM   #15
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You could take the coffee maker outside and plug it into the pedestal.
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I have lots of AC available, but I still prefer my "Camp Coffee" from a 9 cup percolator using the stove top. When its done I dump the filter and gounds then clean the innards. During the days stops I just reheat the coffee in the pot. After a few hours it really does get to the 'Camp Coffee" taste. I have enjoyed that taste for years.
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