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RoyB

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Posted: 01/09/19 04:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is what I installed in my Off-Road TRAILER to provide me with 120VAC PUR SIGN WAVE to operate my home entertainment and other useful items when camping off grid...

600WATT PURE SIGN WAVE AIMS POWER INVERTER
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AMAZON IMAGE

120AC Extension Cord with multihead ends 25-foot
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The Power inverter is direct connected to the 12VDC main Switch using provide 12VDC DC power connection and is fuse protected with one of these FUSE units...
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AMAZON Image... I think I am using a 60AMP Fuse unit

I plug the two extension cords into the two 120VAC sockets on the AIMS Power Inverter and run one to the Home Entertainment area and run the other one back to a cabinet top close to the bed we sleep in. This is usually always 'ON' when we are using the trailer whether we are off-grid or at a camp ground pedestal area...

Been doing this form the 2009 time frame and works great for us in our off-road POPUP camper.

Even at camp grounds you sometimes loose commercial power...

I run the two extension cord out of sight around the wall and have the multihead power head secured to the cabinet tops on the back side... Easy place to just plug-in small items I need to have running... I never have to worry about burning up anything since I am using a PURE SINE WAVE Power Inverter... This was less than $200 back in 2009 and they are still being sold at AMAZON for $130 I think I saw...


I have been running three 12VDC batteries in my setup giving me around 250AH capacity... Very seldom needed more power to run the small wattage things we wanted to operate...

I normally have around 1-2AMPS DC drain all the time from parasitic drains and then from 6PM to 11PM running lights and other 12VDC items I would draw around 25AMPS DC Current... 25AMPS DC Current relates to around using around 300WATTS from the 600WATT Power Inverter... Lots of power left to use if needed...

This would drop us down to around the 50% Charge in our batteries at 8AM each morning when we would fire up our 2KW generator and run it connected to our POWER CONVERTER for three hours when allowed to charge the batteries back up to their 90% charge state... Then we are good to go again for the next day-night run off the batteries


Did an many of these 50% to 90% charge states over the years camping off-grid... Batteries lasted until just two season ago from 2009...

Working on a bigger and better battery now as we speak now and want to add solar to the picture... This will then keep my generator run time down to around one hour and then I can get my batterie bank up to its 90% charge state before loosing the high sun (Hopefull) using solar panels...


This is what I did at any rate supporting my camping off grid. Easy to adapt to any trailer...

Roy Ken
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That would be sine wave.

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Posted: 01/09/19 06:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I drilled holes and ran heavy extension cord from the inverter to shore cord bay, and plugged the shore cord into the inverter, i also installed a remote switched outlet between the inverter and the extension cord, so i have double safety and isolation
my converter had its own breaker not associated with the outlets


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Posted: 01/09/19 07:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I like the idea of isolating the converter........should be pretty easy.
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Posted: 01/09/19 10:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is my favorite small inverter. 350 watts 3.1 watts idle current and Victron! All for $88 It weighs 7 pounds, so it may have a nice big transformer.

https://www.amazon.com/Victron-Power-Inv........=9011738&hvtargid=pla-570920343057&psc=1


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This is a much cleaner and nicer way to do it.
This will automatically switch a certain circuit or outlet to shorepower when it’s available, and default to inverter when it isn’t.
I’m using two, one for my microwave circuit and one for a kitchen counter outlet

Xantrex inverter transfer switch


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