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We have the same power set up just different brands. That’s cool. Not sure your power needs versus mine but we feel good about it. Surprisingly quiet especially if we move them to the non-living side but definitely a nuisance if you want perfect quiet or are in close quarters with others. Hope to not need them that often, maybe a few hours in the morning and then in the evening.

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And troph, maybe get some cones or other markers and spend an hour in an empty parking lot backing into a spot defined by the cones.  Work on backing skills and communication  skills so you are where she needs you to spot from and what you need to say to get her lined up correctly.  

 

We will definitely get better. We talked through it a lot today all is good. A lot of “stay in your lane” kinda talk. That’s a fair point. She wants to drive it in tight quarters that’s fine. Doesn’t mean I can’t just that’s the role.

 

We will use my 2 ways next time too. 40+ feet away no cell coverage and a loud truck you can’t hear crap and at night it’s even worse.

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Gentlemens!!! We have POWER!
 
Bitches win!!
 
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Ran all the lights, fridge and an AC for a good while no probs.
 
Yes a little under powered but we will manage it and won’t boondock when we really need two ACs - we don’t camp with hair dryers and microwave will be off limits. should be fine for Colorado summers. Best part we can manage their weight and some redundancy.
You don't need AC to camp in the mountains here. Still gets chilly at night even in July and Aug. If you're not in the mountains, you might need it.

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This is what I use.  It replaced my original Honda 3200 that crapped out after ten years.  I like the small "Handi" type units because they're light enough for my wife to move around when necessary.  Running two 2K units in parallel would be another option of course.  The 3500W is more than enough to run A/C on my 30A single A/C RV, but running both the microwave and A/C will kick it off.

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That’s good to know.  Yes we expect the microwave and hair dryers to be off limits if we are using the AC. I wonder if you could run two of those parallel? I would assume so.

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27 minutes ago, troph said:

That’s good to know.  Yes we expect the microwave and hair dryers to be off limits if we are using the AC. I wonder if you could run two of those parallel? I would assume so.

Yup, sure can.  Most of inverter style gennies will run parallel these days, but you still need to check them to make sure, because that's a feature they'll sometimes cut for the entry-level units, in both the less expensive off-brands, as well as the Hondas and Yamahas.

I'm an electrical engineer so I've actually run experiments using my Fluke multimeter and if the A/C is already running, you actually CAN often run the  microwave, but it puts it close enough to the limit that if the A/C compressor switches off, and then kicks back on, it'll probably trip the genny into overload condition.

Anyway, it's easy enough to just turn off the A/C when you want to run the microwave or a hair dryer.  Irons are also massive current draws, just a straight short circuit to generate heat, but I rarely need to iron something whilst camping. :)

 

 

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Saw an article were an RV mechanic said the most over looked tool for an RV tool kit is a rivet gun.  Nothing like being able to fix a busted hinge or loose exterior piece on the spot.  Gun and rivet assortment is under $50.

https://www.amazon.com/Arrow-Fastener-RHT300-Professional-Swivel/dp/B00004Z2JM/ref=sr_1_4?_encoding=UTF8&dchild=1&keywords=rivet+gun&linkCode=sl2&linkId=63174f4f0c56b29ab51ce2c34b738dd1&qid=1591275869&refinements=p_89%3AArrow+Fastener&rnid=2528832011&sprefix=rivet%2Caps%2C166&sr=8-4&tag=rvtravel04-20

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Yup, sure can.  Most of inverter style gennies will run parallel these days, but you still need to check them to make sure, because that's a feature they'll sometimes cut for the entry-level units, in both the less expensive off-brands, as well as the Hondas and Yamahas.
I'm an electrical engineer so I've actually run experiments using my Fluke multimeter and if the A/C is already running, you actually CAN often run the  microwave, but it puts it close enough to the limit that if the A/C compressor switches off, and then kicks back on, it'll probably trip the genny into overload condition.
Anyway, it's easy enough to just turn off the A/C when you want to run the microwave or a hair dryer.  Irons are also massive current draws, just a straight short circuit to generate heat, but I rarely need to iron something whilst camping.
 
 

Who are these campers that need hair dryers and irons!? I wouldn’t think to take either.

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Saw an article were an RV mechanic said the most over looked tool for an RV tool kit is a rivet gun.  Nothing like being able to fix a busted hinge or loose exterior piece on the spot.  Gun and rivet assortment is under $50.

https://www.amazon.com/Arrow-Fastener-RHT300-Professional-Swivel/dp/B00004Z2JM/ref=sr_1_4?_encoding=UTF8&dchild=1&keywords=rivet+gun&linkCode=sl2&linkId=63174f4f0c56b29ab51ce2c34b738dd1&qid=1591275869&refinements=p_89%3AArrow+Fastener&rnid=2528832011&sprefix=rivet%2Caps%2C166&sr=8-4&tag=rvtravel04-20

That’s a great idea. If I OCD enough I’ll take my list way above and add all these others to it so if someone else wants to engage in the same kind of tomfoolery they have an easy comprehensive list to consider. If...

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54 minutes ago, ShaggyBevo RIP said:

Saw an article were an RV mechanic said the most over looked tool for an RV tool kit is a rivet gun.  Nothing like being able to fix a busted hinge or loose exterior piece on the spot.  Gun and rivet assortment is under $50.

https://www.amazon.com/Arrow-Fastener-RHT300-Professional-Swivel/dp/B00004Z2JM/ref=sr_1_4?_encoding=UTF8&dchild=1&keywords=rivet+gun&linkCode=sl2&linkId=63174f4f0c56b29ab51ce2c34b738dd1&qid=1591275869&refinements=p_89%3AArrow+Fastener&rnid=2528832011&sprefix=rivet%2Caps%2C166&sr=8-4&tag=rvtravel04-20

Rivet gun is an awesome idea for an RV toolkit.  I always kept one handy in the Airstream for obvious reasons, but it remains in my RV toolkit in the new one, too.

2 minutes ago, troph said:


Who are these campers that need hair dryers and irons!? I wouldn’t think to take either.

Not me that's for sure!  

One sort of sneaky, relatively high-current draw, is the crockpot.  This is not normally a big deal while camping, but for tailgating, it could be a different picture.  I once helped some newbie RV tailgaters diagnose their electrical problem on a borrowed motorcoach.  They couldn't figure out why they lost power, and I checked their outside connections, looked good, but when I went inside, I saw they had about ten different crockpots plugged in with various dips, apps, and other food items they wanted to keep warm.  I recommended they unplug all of them, plug them back in as necessary, and when the breaker tripped again, they'd know to do one fewer. :)

 

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13 minutes ago, Pato del Muerto said:

Probably should not bring the plug in hitachi magic wand either

I'm not about to search the power draw on that thing, don't want that to show up in my Search history... :)

 

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Just got these to toss in. They don’t fit in the current trailer but I’m guessing they will when we buy a larger one, and we can set them up outdoors if we want.

https://www.cabelas.com/product/Disc-O-Bed-XL-Cot-Bunk-Beds/735034.uts?productVariantId=1634337&WT.tsrc=PPC&WT.mc_id=GoogleProductAds&WT.z_mc_id1=50028845&rid=20&ds_rl=1246525&ds_rl=1246528&ds_rl=1247879&ds_rl=1252079&gclid=CjwKCAjwt-L2BRA_EiwAacX32XRa_sN3hbgU6cnaKBZwxLBaRgLgmeDRD0vtTaOEDKGZHsIjxkAVTxoCfLMQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

bought the leg extensions and rubber feet as well. 

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5 hours ago, Pato del Muerto said:

Probably should not bring the plug in hitachi magic wand either

no comment.

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5 hours ago, troph said:

freaking instapot.  ugh.

We use a crockpot while camping all of the time, especially during winter camping.  We'll leave it on all day to braise a roast or make crockpot carnitas.  

But I've never felt compelled to use ten crockpots, and I don't have an instapot though I do have a couple of old-school stovetop pressure cookers that I use for various things.

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We are tricked out.... f7feb4a08564e0aca446dbd896a61a4b.jpg

Decided we wanted to use the generators less so we can enjoy intense quiet where we are camping (BFE). So we’re gonna run three batteries parallel and two 100 watt solar panels for CO style power during the day - lights, plugs, and fridge. Each panel should charge one battery per day. Gonna keep the generators for early morning and evenings and hope that we don’t really need power in the middle of the night if the batteries drain which I doubt three would.

What could go wrong?

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9 minutes ago, troph said:

We are tricked out.... f7feb4a08564e0aca446dbd896a61a4b.jpg

Decided we wanted to use the generators less so we can enjoy intense quiet where we are camping (BFE). So we’re gonna run three batteries parallel and two 100 watt solar panels for CO style power during the day - lights, plugs, and fridge. Each panel should charge one battery per day. Gonna keep the generators for early morning and evenings and hope that we don’t really need power in the middle of the night if the batteries drain which I doubt three would.

What could go wrong?

No I think you'll be fine, and remember that the fridge can run on propane and doesn't use a ton.  That's the ORIGINAL boondocking plan, long before solar became prevalent.

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Got a small one. Why waste the opportunity to buy a hand ax? I mean seriously?

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What is the amperage draw of your fridge when running? Is it 120VAC it 12VDC or both? I looked at a couple of 6 and 7 cu-ft fridges and they are typically 400w on AC. I believe the DC consumption is typically smaller but even if it’s ~100W, I don’t believe you have enough solar to keep up with that load.

Also, it looks like from the labels, one of your batteries is a starting and the other a dual purpose. The starting battery has a slightly different plate construction from a DP or deep cycle type and typically not last as long when deep discharged.

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Do any of you run a battery tender/trickle charger when not in use?  Mine doesn’t have a power inverter and only the water pump and lights run on dc so i don’t bother. Also means my battery only gets charged when it’s plugged in to the truck. 

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