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Old 04-29-2017, 10:33 AM   #1
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I'm new to RVing and our 2016 Airstream International 27FB and hopefully someone can help me with this question. When stopping at a roadside Rest Stop to take a break, I can't figure out why I have no power to run the microwave or the TV. I have the power setting on the panel as "In Use" and not "Stored" and I have a full battery charge at about 13.5. The lights, water pump and radio tuner all work so what might I be doing wrong? Appreciate any help.
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Old 04-29-2017, 10:35 AM   #2
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Those items run on 120 volts AC only. Unless you have a really long extension cord going back to your house, they won't work at the rest area.
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You will need to supply 120V to your trailer to use those things. Either a generator or a power connection at an RV park.
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Old 04-29-2017, 10:46 AM   #4
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You may be able to use the TV if you turn on your inverter and move the TV power cord to the outlet powered by the inverter. Monitor battery power though, because that sort of thing will use it up. Don't forget to turn the inverter off.
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Old 04-29-2017, 10:51 AM   #5
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You would need a good size inverter with lots of battery power to use those items. They are AC.
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Old 04-29-2017, 10:52 AM   #6
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To run everything electrical, either plug into shore power or purchase a generator. I keep my 2000 Watt generator in my truck bed & just plug into it for most needs.
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Old 04-29-2017, 10:53 AM   #7
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DO as above, turn your inverter on, and then make sure the device you want is plugged into the inverter outlet. Unless you upgrade your inverter (and reroute the plug to an inverter plug) I don't think you will be able to run the microwave off battery inverter power.

I did these changes and installed a 2400W inverter and I can run the microwave off the batteries and inverter...

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Old 04-29-2017, 11:23 AM   #8
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you should have 2 outlets by the tv one for shore power and on for running off the 1000 w inverter, make sure you are plugged into the correct outlet you also have to program the remote to get the stations for the area you are in Don't forget to turn on the inverter
Same thing should apply to using your MW. you may no be able to MW TV And interior lights all t the same time .Play with to find out what your limits are or you could find yourself blowing fuses all the time
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Old 04-29-2017, 11:28 AM   #9
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Welcome to the forum! You should probably read your owner's manual, and the book that came in the briefcase about basic Airstream and RV'ing information for newcomers.

Your inverter is not big enough to run a microwave.

Lots to learn . . .

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I'm new to RVing and our 2016 Airstream International 27FB and hopefully someone can help me with this question. When stopping at a roadside Rest Stop to take a break, I can't figure out why I have no power to run the microwave or the TV. I have the power setting on the panel as "In Use" and not "Stored" and I have a full battery charge at about 13.5. The lights, water pump and radio tuner all work so what might I be doing wrong? Appreciate any help.
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My 2017 Classic has tv and DVD player in outlet marked inverter use. However this is same outlet as regular ac. Have one empty outlet under tv also. The recliner will work also with inverter outlets. That's it. My 2005 Motorhome had larger inverter and could use everything in there except ac. Technician at Foley RV in Gulfport Ms told me the inverter outlets were to be used just for entertainment purposes which seems to be true.
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If you're new, and don't have this yet. Get it. https://store.airstreamlife.com/prod...o-airstreaming
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Old 04-29-2017, 12:10 PM   #12
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Dave's recommended book may have been included in your owner's manual etc. briefcase?
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Old 04-29-2017, 12:20 PM   #13
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Our rest stop lunches consist of something we can heat up on the stove. Or I love cold fried/bbq chicken or a sandwich with cut veggies
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Old 04-29-2017, 12:36 PM   #14
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We run both gennys to get all that. Usually we travel the southwest in summer so we are running the air conditioner too. Yes, it takes gas, we use about 2 gallons in an overnight stop. Still cheaper than a campsite. I am thinking though it's a battery problem. *sigh*. I think we shall have to switch to winter/spring or fall/winter traveling.
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Old 04-29-2017, 10:00 PM   #15
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Thanks for all the information to my question and I really appreciate all the help and with time I'm sure we will come to love our Airstream more than the 1st day we brought it home. This is such an awesome forum for learning more about RV so thanks to all for your help.
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All the post above are correct. You need 120AC power. I bought a Briggs and Stratton P-3000 inverter generator bought on Amazon. I leave it Locked & chained in the back of the truck all I need to do is run my cord. Briggs system was about 900$ cheaper than Honda. I only wish it had a larger fuel tank, but I'm working on that. My convert it over to Propane. Welcome to the Airstream family.
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Hello from central Kentucky, RRRamirez, and welcome to the forum.

We just use a small skillet with a lid on the stove to heat things up and either talk or listen to the radio. Like others have said, you can run a small TV off of the inverter, just run an extension cord to an inverter plug (marked with a small blue box) and turn on the inverter, usually located on the wall in the galley.

We rarely stay at a rest stop for more than 30 minutes. Other than air conditioning, your AS is pretty much self contained, you just have to know what you can use when boon docking, which is anytime you're not connected to shore power.
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Old 04-30-2017, 01:44 PM   #18
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Question AC vs. DC and a few other basics

lights are DC (direct current) and as long as your RV batteries hold a charge you will have interior lighting. If you aren't connected to shore power and are parked for an extended period of time - disconnect the umbilical to your tow vehicle because the Airstream will run that battery down too! I waited out a hurricane for 3 days in a high ground parking lot and then needed to get a jump start We live and learn.

you got a little yellow voltage tester with your AS. When you hook up to shore power you should have it in a NON-inverter outlet and check that it's properly lighted... every so often I've camped and found that the post circuit breaker is bad. It is a PITA to wait for the A/C to come on and then realize you're plugged into a dead post (or the wretched breaker was actually ON before you flipped it.) - and the lights DO work...on battery, remember?

Refrigerator - runs on electric (AC) or Propane... and a few have 3-ways that also work on DC. With newer Airstreams it is supposed to switch automatically. A word of caution though. Always check that it has gone to propane before you start a trip... your food shouldn't spoil in a few hours, but it can thaw and the Swedish meatballs you were planning to make at the rally in 3 days will have to be cooked and eaten tonight. Traveling alone and planning a pot luck 8 serving meal? Lets just say I made several friends in that Walmart parking lot. BTW cook good smelling stuff outside if you are shy but would like to meet fellow campers.

Accidentally leaving your fridge on propane when you have shore power isn't so much of a problem other than wasting propane. My particular Oh Crap moment is that there are many tunnels that inspect and require you to turn off your propane tanks.... I frequently forget to stop and turn them back on right away.

Campgrounds have a lot of power outages. After the power comes back on always check your refrigerator, your voltage tester light, and your water heater if it has electric to make sure everything has reset properly.

Oh, and you do know where your internal breakers and fuses are, right? Hint, find and learn about your converter.

And remember, campers are generally friendly... and were all newbies at one time too.

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Old 04-30-2017, 09:27 PM   #20
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Using RV While At A Rest Stop

While I am not really a newbie, I may have been needlessly cautious in the past. After seeing how much juice the electrical hot water heater sucks up, I warned everyone on pain of incurring my wrath to never turn on the electrical hot water heater switch unless we were plugged into shore power or a generator. On our last trip, I accidentally flipped the switch intending to turn on the propane hot water heater instead. When we had no hot water, I checked and found out what I had done. Later, when we were plugged into shore power, I tried the electric hot water heater and it worked fine. So it is with some relief that I can report that the electric hot water switch is another thing that doesn't work off battery power, and so is something I don't need to worry about in the future?
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