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Old 07-20-2018, 04:19 PM   #1
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Outlets sometimes dont work on Battery mode

Hi, I have a 2018 28z, when i am plugged into electrical and switch to use battery mode all my outlets work, but if I unplug electric then turn on battery mode the outlets do not work, does this seem right or do i have a glitch? The breaker in bathroom is of no use so I have know why of getting the outlets back online until I plug in again.
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Old 07-20-2018, 04:40 PM   #2
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Your 120V outlets don't run off 12V battery and will shut off if you unplug.

The Thor page indicates that you don't have an inverter thus the only time the A/C(120V) outlets will work is if you're plugged in or the generator is running.

Congratulations on the coach and welcome to the site.
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Old 07-20-2018, 06:20 PM   #3
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The batteries only provide 12 volts to the 12 volt circuits. The outlets are all 120 volts and run from either the shore power connection, the generator, or an inverter if you have one. You may need to check to see if you have an inverter and if it is powered on. If you don't, you are going to have to run the generator to power those outlets until you connect to a power pedestal somewhere.
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Old 07-20-2018, 08:49 PM   #4
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Additionally, In our 2017 Miramar 34.1 (with inverter) there are only 2 electrical outlets that work off the house batteries. The one in the front next to the passenger seat and one in the back next to the dresser at the emergency exit. So even with an inverter you might only be able to use certain outlets, not all off of the house batteries.
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Old 07-20-2018, 10:46 PM   #5
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But the GOOD news: an inverter can be added!

And the REALLY GOOD news: We're glad that you found us! Welcome to the Family!
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Old 07-21-2018, 01:14 AM   #6
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Your 120V outlets don't run off 12V battery and will shut off if you unplug.

The Thor page indicates that you don't have an inverter thus the only time the A/C(120V) outlets will work is if you're plugged in or the generator is running.

Congratulations on the coach and welcome to the site.

Ditto and I have a 28Z
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That is what the generator is for! Use it
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Old 07-21-2018, 02:06 AM   #8
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Thank you for all your replies, now I can get into more specifics.
I do have 2 12v in the stairs and one in the truck. I do not have an inverter. Yes I do know the generator will give me juice but not while I am driving.
Here is what I am trying to do: The kidos want to play xbox on our 12 hour cruises. I'm thinking I can just run a simple inverter from the cigarette lighter in the cab to run the xbox and small LCD that we can put in the dinette. Maybe next year I will look into wiring an inverter off the store batteries but doesnt seem worth the hassle if its just for when I am driving Any of you doing something similar with your xbox/PS
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Thank you for all your replies, now I can get into more specifics.
I do have 2 12v in the stairs and one in the truck. I do not have an inverter. Yes I do know the generator will give me juice but not while I am driving.
Here is what I am trying to do: The kidos want to play xbox on our 12 hour cruises. I'm thinking I can just run a simple inverter from the cigarette lighter in the cab to run the xbox and small LCD that we can put in the dinette. Maybe next year I will look into wiring an inverter off the store batteries but doesnt seem worth the hassle if its just for when I am driving Any of you doing something similar with your xbox/PS
We just run the generator and use the coaches TV.
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While your driving you run the generator?
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Old 07-21-2018, 02:43 PM   #12
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While your driving you run the generator?
Yes.
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Old 07-21-2018, 03:11 PM   #13
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Absolutely -- and on super hot days running the generator while driving allows you to run the RV air conditioning to supplement the engine driven air conditioning.

Last time I checked the generator uses about 1/2 gal of gasoline per hour.
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Old 07-21-2018, 03:14 PM   #14
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While your driving you run the generator?
We always run our generator while driving, living out West if you arenít running the house AC on the road your passengers might catch on fire.
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Thank you for all your replies, now I can get into more specifics.
I do have 2 12v in the stairs and one in the truck. I do not have an inverter. Yes I do know the generator will give me juice but not while I am driving.
Here is what I am trying to do: The kidos want to play xbox on our 12 hour cruises. I'm thinking I can just run a simple inverter from the cigarette lighter in the cab to run the xbox and small LCD that we can put in the dinette. Maybe next year I will look into wiring an inverter off the store batteries but doesnt seem worth the hassle if its just for when I am driving Any of you doing something similar with your xbox/PS


I went a step further. Goal very similar but I wanted TV and Direct TV Control Box to run from battery while driving. Started by removing TV, used a 3 foot swivel extension cord from coach wired outlet. This allows easy access to power for TV. Then as you stated using a 40 watt cigarette inverter, I ran a 12 foot extension cord up to TV plug. This allows me to easily change from coach or house power.
What I have not overcome is how to hide the wires without drilling any holes. Currently just using those removable hooks.
BTW we have In Motion Set up for Direct TV. Insanely expensive but mandatory in our case.
Bottom line, what you want to do will work, just be sure you buy a good inverter.
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Old 07-21-2018, 04:56 PM   #16
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Outlets sometimes dont work on Battery mode

Either run the generator or get a small inverter that you can connect to 12v near the TV area. Either way works, the advantage of the genny is you can run AC, as many have mentioned.
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Thank you for all your replies, now I can get into more specifics.
I do have 2 12v in the stairs and one in the truck. I do not have an inverter. Yes I do know the generator will give me juice but not while I am driving.
Here is what I am trying to do: The kidos want to play xbox on our 12 hour cruises. I'm thinking I can just run a simple inverter from the cigarette lighter in the cab to run the xbox and small LCD that we can put in the dinette. Maybe next year I will look into wiring an inverter off the store batteries but doesnt seem worth the hassle if its just for when I am driving Any of you doing something similar with your xbox/PS
Since you're going to be running electronics: You should probably be looking for a pure sine wave inverter...
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Old 07-22-2018, 12:51 AM   #18
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Since you're going to be running electronics: You should probably be looking for a pure sine wave inverter...
Where can you get this installed and do you have a ball park on the cost?
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He was discussing the use of a "plug-in" inverter; so there's no installation needed.
Price and availability? That's where Google comes into play!
Although I have seen modified sine wave inverters in Walmart...
(I even have one sitting on a shelf in my garage. )
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Additional info for my previous post:
Walmart sells a 400 watt MSW inverter for about thirty bucks...
It might be worth a look.
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