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Old 08-31-2017, 08:00 AM   #21
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Inverters are sources of inefficiency and wastage. Try and run whatever possible on 12V. This means swapping your DVD player for an iPad or similar tablet, swapping incandescent bulbs for LEDs and otherwise conserving energy.

In today's world, solar is cheap and easy to install. If that's not something you wish to do, then standalone solutions like, for example, the Goal Zero Solar Generator can be a workable alternative. It's visually messier than installing permanent solar, but also more flexible, as the power pack can be used anywhere and the solar panels are portable.

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Old 09-02-2017, 10:28 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by CRH View Post
I would just buy a small generator. It can charge your batteries while you watch TV.
^ This. We aren't good at low power consumption so it's a Honda 2000 for us.
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We don't run the TV or DVD much; but found running the furnace on cool fall (and summer in the Adirondacks) nights exhausted the batteries in our '14 27FB Classic. It still has the OEM Parallax and regular lead batteries (our 2nd set). Our solution was a Yamaha 2000 converted to LP/Natural Gas/Gasoline from US Carb. We ran that for a few hours each day, usually during and after mealtime so we could use microwave. Using the LP quick-connect you don't even have to worry about bringing or using gasoline. 2 hours in the morning and 4 at supper time kept the batteries up to 7/8 on the Micro-Pulse by the time we went to bed and needed the furnace.
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