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We have a motor home!! & what is an inverter & do we need one?

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katymac Tue 28-Mar-17 20:08:44

Finally set off home today after a morning in the dealers - so many things broken & not working!!!

We have solar power! & it's off to be reupholstered tomorrow

So what's the deal with an inverter? So confused

JiltedJohnsJulie Fri 31-Mar-17 15:43:42

No idea but hopefully this will bump for you smile

caroldecker Fri 31-Mar-17 16:06:57

An inverter converts the 12V DC current from your battery (and probably solar) to 240v AC current which powers your household electrical things. Basically allows you to use electrical items without a hook-up.
Most are limited to 10 amps, so will do lights and telly, but may struggle with kettles.

katymac Fri 31-Mar-17 16:51:43

Thanks Jilted

So where would that be & how would I plug into it? grin I am a nightmare - sorry

caroldecker Fri 31-Mar-17 17:36:12

You need to understand the battery/power layout on the van. Most vans will have leisure batteries and engine batteries.
The leisure batteries should be wired into the solar panels and the inverter, whilst the inverter is wired into the 3 pin plugs. There should also be an external hook-up which will take over when you are at a site.
Do your 3 pin plug sockets work if you use them without a hook-up? If so, you have an invertor. If not, you need to understand the power supply situation of the van to find out what to do.

katymac Fri 31-Mar-17 18:31:22

that is a perfect explaiination thanks Carol

So if see if it works without knowing about the inverter then if it doesn't I go to a garage/motorhome place to but one & presumably have it fitted

Thanks

katymac Fri 31-Mar-17 18:32:51

Would it charge laptops & phones?

I know I have 2 batteries and 2 solar panels.....& I have a big orange cable to plug in at campsites

grannycake Fri 31-Mar-17 18:37:17

I use an inverter to charge phones,etc if we are away overnight but not staying on a campsite where we can hook up to mains electricity. Husband does cyclocross so often away for just one night through sept to Xmas. Bit noisy but does the job.

CointreauVersial Fri 31-Mar-17 18:40:30

Laptop and phone charging uses very little power so you'd be fine.

caroldecker Fri 31-Mar-17 19:06:44

laptops, phones, telly all use very little energy, so fine. Kettles, heaters, cookers not so much. Do you know the size of the batteries?

katymac Fri 31-Mar-17 19:37:33

OK - Microwave & TV are 12v/240v versions I guess they pick grin

My electric bike might be a problem....

I bought gas tongs just to be sure & I have a mini straightener which might be OK

katymac Fri 31-Mar-17 19:38:26

Not yet but I will when I get it back from the upholsterers

I have 2 one exisiting & one new (just like the solar panels)

katymac Thu 06-Apr-17 11:59:27

All beautiful & new!!

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