Post by mjmalcolm on Sept 17, 2012 13:54:37 GMT -5
We are in the process of finalizing our electrical plan for our 1968 Pathfinder complete restoration project.
SPECIFICALLY, what AC component(s) do you expect to run off of an inverter? We are struggling to find anyone who can provide detailed information about "why" we actually need one in our camper. We know what they do, we need to know what "real-world" application is provided by having one installed in our 16 foot trailer.
Thank you for all the wonderful advice and suggestions provided through this website and we look forward to the responses.
Post by offspringin on Sept 17, 2012 14:13:22 GMT -5
I guess it depends on the type of camping you do. We do not have one in our trailer. We have a dome light that can run off the truck if its lights are also turned on. Other than that, everything is 120volt. We always camp at campgrounds with electric though. If we did more traveling (where you stopped overnight in a parking lot) type thing it might be something i would have added.
I cant give you reasons to add it i guess since i don't use it. But i can tell you its not something we would have needed.
If you can't fix it with a hammer you have an electrical problem.
Keep in mind mine is only really going to be used for the usb charging ports and maybe the outlet for a toaster. Neither my wife or I drink coffee, and we are using a icebox so I don't need a lot of power.
I really dont see much of a need. All of the lights in my camper are 12VDC. My fridge is combo 12VDC/120Vac... and if I am "roughing" it I have an inverter built in the dash of my Ram that can charge a phone or run small items.
Post by Gone Kayaking on Sept 18, 2012 20:13:16 GMT -5
We have a dual system. Converted all the light fixtures to 12vdc. no fridge (icebox). Mostly use the inverter for my computer. Phones are charged using a 12vdc plug. Put an inverter in while doing the electrical (no reason you couldn't add it later) for future options to plug in TV, table lamp, twinkle lights (for outside) or other small appliances. Could totally get by without it while boondocking.
1956 Shasta 1500
Can't wait to go campin'
Post by mjmalcolm on Sept 19, 2012 18:27:12 GMT -5
Thank you for the comments and suggestions. I think we have decided that we are not going to put one in the trailer. We could not come up with any true good reason to have one and one less thing to take up our already limited space.