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RE: 3500w power inverter

That sounds good to me. I'll never be charging my cell via AC again after this set up. Putting DC USB charging ports all over the rig. My overall goal is to run everything I can from DC (TV, laptop/cell charge, small fans, LED light strips, etc)
blaczero 10/04/21 07:08am Tech Issues
RE: 3500w power inverter

Thanks for all the advice so far. The 3500w inverter I got is listed as 1a idle draw. It also has a remote pannel that I can install in a convienient place to shut it off when not in use too. The size is what is constricting me right now. I have a travel trailer and will get a 5th wheel soon. No storage bin in the front, so I don't have many places to mount the inverter without going over 5' in length away from the batteries. I may hold off on the inverter for this rig and just go with running a 20a 12awg from dc main panel to a housing with cigarette lighter/usb inputs and a 90+w dc charger for the laptops (they all charge USB C) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MTBXHEV/ and https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B098TKDDGC Thanks to the above poster for the idea.
blaczero 10/03/21 06:38pm Tech Issues
RE: 3500w power inverter

makes sense... It's funny, if you look up reviews of inverters on the internet, a lot of times they'll include "didn't ship with wires" sort of thing. Maybe they're throwing them in to just check that box. The inverter is listed as 1a idle draw, so 12w, which I thought was great. I want to be able to run a tv, computer, charge phones and laptop, and possibly run a dehumidifier if/when I need. I have 0awg left over from the battery project so I'll end up using that from the battery to inverter and read the manual to find out what size breaker I need. Have to be careful on reviews, lots of shills for and against the products. I read the middle of the road reviews as they tend to be the most honest. Most inverters can be traced back to being Chinese imports, they may work, but they are often way over rated. One should never buy solely on reviews or low pricing, there is a reason why there are inverters that cost much more than $500 and yet deliver much less wattage than what you have bought. Fr charging low wattage items like cell phones and laptops, I would suggest a completely different route. For cellphones, tablets and any other device that use USB 5V charging cables, go with 12V to 5V USB chargers. The ones that plug into a 12V cig/power port in your car.. Much more direct, much less idle current draw than a inverter. Looks like this.. https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/61CNMfj+7vS._AC_SL1500_.jpg height=300 width=400 You can add in your own 12V power ports in your RV by buying cig lighter/power ports.. Like this.. https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/71rGnmXVCTL._AC_SL1500_.jpg height=300 width=400 You can also buy combo 12V/USB 5V power ports. Like this.. https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/61y68iPptzL._AC_SL1000_.jpg height=300 width=400 For laptops, you can buy universal 120V/12V power supplies which are designed to plug into 120V AC or 12V DC and use special changeable tips that set the power supply to your laptops needed tip and voltage. Like this.. https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/61BlOUHEXyL._AC_SL1000_.jpg height=300 width=400 This one is what I bought for my DD to use for her Dell i7 quad core 2 in one PC. Works great on 120V and 12V. Found HERE for $35.. Phones, laptops are so low of a power draw that it doesn't make sense to run them through a 12V to 120V inverter and then from 120V to 5V or 120V to 19V laptop power supplies.. You can run these devices more direct with correct chargers that run from 12V and save a lot of needless wasted energy in the process. Each voltage conversion has a power loss, typically with inveters you looking at as low as 80%-85% conversion efficiency meaning 15%-20% is lost in heat during the conversion depending on the load. 5V USB chargers laptop 12V chargers will have at least 90%-94% conversion efficiency typical of switching power supplies. I get what you're saying. I'd like everything to be DC and not have to invert. I am buying a new RV in a couple weeks so I'll be kitting that one out with what you've listed (usb 5v stuff). For now, I do have some USB ports in my rig, but they're too low a wattage to charge my laptops unless I replaced them.
blaczero 09/27/21 01:05pm Tech Issues
RE: 3500w power inverter

I have 2 100Ah batteries right now and 200w of solar. Just trying it out to see how it works for us before I spend 10k+. The inverter was reviewed well and only $500 I think you need to step back and layout a full system...a couple 100Ah batteries will be an issue unless you limit the inverter to a small fraction of it's capability. Ya I agree, but again, I started at 3500 watt so I don't have to buy another down the road (who knows, maybe I still will). This is the one I got, its pure. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B092Z8F4H1
blaczero 09/27/21 01:03pm Tech Issues
RE: 3500w power inverter

makes sense... It's funny, if you look up reviews of inverters on the internet, a lot of times they'll include "didn't ship with wires" sort of thing. Maybe they're throwing them in to just check that box. The inverter is listed as 1a idle draw, so 12w, which I thought was great. I want to be able to run a tv, computer, charge phones and laptop, and possibly run a dehumidifier if/when I need. I have 0awg left over from the battery project so I'll end up using that from the battery to inverter and read the manual to find out what size breaker I need.
blaczero 09/27/21 09:37am Tech Issues
RE: 3500w power inverter

Sorry, I mixed up my output and input... 7000 watt output / 110v = 63a
blaczero 09/27/21 09:07am Tech Issues
RE: 3500w power inverter

Have not received the unit yet, but I'll read the manual. I usually forget to RTFM This is all self-taught, youtube, forum ideas that I'm building. Thanks for the responses, I am building a system slowly and figured I'd buy a large inverter instead of 2 or 3 inverters as I grow. I have 2 100Ah batteries right now and 200w of solar. Just trying it out to see how it works for us before I spend 10k+. The inverter was reviewed well and only $500 *edit* Just noticed the inverter ships with 2awg wires, hah
blaczero 09/27/21 08:14am Tech Issues
3500w power inverter

Just ordered this, and doing a calculation for a fuse/breaker. This has a peak output of 7000w, 3500w sustained, amperage is calculated to 583amps. I wouldn't think I need a 600a breaker... what am I missing?
blaczero 09/27/21 07:21am Tech Issues
Onboard air and airbag install

I decided to go with onboard air and separate air/manifold for airbags. I bought the Air Lift 25980EZ WirelessONE (2nd Generation) with EZ Mount and VIAIR Constant Duty Onboard Air System - 10007 I went with 1" steel straps to attach the hardware to the frame, as I wasn't sure I'd keep everything where it was and didn't want to drill all over the frame. I was able to attach to the upfitter switches, which is great, and I ran the air intake line into the cab of the truck. This was accessed between the bed and the cab, and you can pull the liner away from the back and see the vent. I bought a rubber mat that I'll install in front of all the hardware to keep junk from the tire getting all over the items. https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.ford-trucks.com-vbulletin/1297x975/img_20210908_131645_082dd9294aa0bf5ba442327021ec2ecf0022ff93.jpg https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.ford-trucks.com-vbulletin/732x975/img_20210908_131710_4b23021274cd920ae09c36969a481ec9c52edf05.jpg https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.ford-trucks.com-vbulletin/732x975/img_20210908_162552_1ad213f9dfc475377e2d6e25f673b4c5ffd5d1dd.jpg The quick connect I'll run to the back by the license plate.
blaczero 09/14/21 09:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: 12v dehumidifier

We manage our mouisture in the rig. When we wake up and there is some moisture on the inside of the windows, we know it's too wet inside (and I have sensors showing the % of humidity). We don't always have moisture on the windows, but my kids are allergic to mold so we manage it very strictly.
blaczero 09/11/21 10:38am General RVing Issues
12v dehumidifier

Do they exist?
blaczero 09/11/21 07:47am General RVing Issues
DC to DC charger

hey all, I am thinking of putting a 30a charger in my truck to charge the LiFePO4 batteries in my rig. Is there any kind of formula about how many amps the charger can be by how much your alternator produces? I have a 270a alternator so thinking I'll be more than fine.
blaczero 09/11/21 06:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Scary moment towing my 5er around Denver last week

https://i.imgur.com/hDTAgbgl.jpg Thats a strange looking tag, looks like they were confused or brake checking you. looks to me like a temporary tag. I bet that could be made legible if desired. bumpy If the OP could get the raw video to someone, I'd bet they could clean it up enough to read the tag. Not many YT videos are posted in full resolution. Lyle What do you need the tag for?
blaczero 08/29/21 03:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Scary moment towing my 5er around Denver last week

I do think we should demand tighter controls on who gets and keeps a drivers license. yep, that's what we need allright. more govt. red tape and regulations. :S bumpy Ya , that would be crappy saving life’s :R I do hope you're kidding on this one. If you think for 30 more seconds after this thought pops into your brain, you'd figure for yourself why it's so naive.
blaczero 08/29/21 03:26pm Fifth-Wheels
Airbags and Compressor and Tank

I am looking for a way (I cannot be the first person) to have a compressor that airs up my airbags and also has a port to plug a hose into for airing up my tires. I get the concept of having a nice compressor and tank attached to my frame, but what controller would I put in between the tank and the bags?
blaczero 08/26/21 03:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: toy hauler 5th wheel

Closest thing I've found is a Fuzion 379. Is there anything else similar? Main things we need (If a TT has these I'd get it) 11' + garage W/D hookup < 40' max tow is around 16500# Open kitchen layout (preferably cross seating) Decent storage in and/or out
blaczero 08/11/21 09:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: toy hauler 5th wheel

Makes sense, thanks for the feedback. I know the Grand Designs are generally better built, especially living in full time. We checked out their Momentum line and didn't like the floor plans. We're in a Rockwood Signature right now, so kind of the same thing. However, as well as this is built, they don't innovate and have a terrible cabinet layout.
blaczero 08/11/21 09:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: toy hauler 5th wheel

Thanks, we're leaning toward a Keystone Fuzion with an 11' garage and nice sized kitchen. Besides the Fuzion and Momentums, what are the high quality toy haulers?
blaczero 08/08/21 08:03am Fifth-Wheels
toy hauler 5th wheel

Hey all, looking for a toy hauler 5th wheel. My primary needs are large bunk for my kids (2 over 6') and decent kitchen for the wife. Also need washer dryer hook ups. We looked at a grand design today with a 14.5 garage and it was nice. Need a better kitchen though, there was no room beside the oven, but the counter (if you turned around) was big. Any brand to look at beside grand design? Who makes the "best" toy hauler?
blaczero 08/06/21 05:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looks like electric trucks and RVs may be delayed...

Elon, welfare king. I can't take anything in that article seriously with that amount of bias. What happened to journalism? We are left with activists. After the ProPublica release of the tax data on Musk, Bezos and the others, does anything from the article seem dishonest? If bias is all it takes to disregard an article, then the Times, CNN and all the other networks must also be similarily disregarded. The point is most of these outlets insist they aren't bias. I suffer no delusions about how corrupt and evil corporations become, the point would be if we as a people refuse to accept it. Right now it seems if we agree with the bias we're ok with it. Anyway, I agree with a lot of the people here posting that selective outrage is going on here. Bottom line though, does the end justify the means? Will we end up with an electric motor home or tow vehicle that has reasonable range? If we do, is it worth the immoral and unethical behavior? We put up with this behavior daily, with plenty of other companies.
blaczero 06/22/21 07:36am Around the Campfire
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