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Old 11-11-2014, 03:17 AM   #1
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Outlets

I bought a 2014 chateau 31A and none of the outlets work unless we are hooked up to power or the generator is running. Is this correct?
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Old 11-11-2014, 08:04 AM   #2
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Unless you have an optional inverter, for 120VAC, that is correct.

An inverter is a module that will convert 12VDC to 120VAC. However, it is not practical for high powered appliances (microwave, air conditioning, coffee maker, etc) as it would quickly discharge your batteries.

It is possible to put enough solar cells on your roof and batteries in your coach to run those appliances via an inverter, but for most people, it is cost prohibitive.
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Old 11-11-2014, 12:07 PM   #3
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Can I out the inverter on a couple select outlets?
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Old 11-11-2014, 12:09 PM   #4
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Old 11-11-2014, 02:49 PM   #5
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Catamount,

Yes, you can power just a couple of outlets. I'm thinking of adding an inverter to my Axis to do just that. I want to power the 'fridge and microwave.

The fridge because my wife takes med's that must be refrigerated and we've found that the Norcold does not maintain temp well while traveling. We can run on propane while on the road, but would prefer not to. The microwave would just be convenient when stopping for lunch. The living room TV could run off the microwave outlet too.

The system I am considering is:
  • Inverter: Xantrex ProWatt 1500
  • Xantrex Remote Panel
  • Xantrex 15 Amp transfer switch

The transfer switch ensures that the inverter doesn't power the outlets if you are on shore power or have the genset running. Wiring is moderately complicated.

Total cost, including wiring and fuses should be about $350.

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Old 11-11-2014, 06:32 PM   #6
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You can even buy a portable inverter so you don't have to wire it up permanently. However, inverters of this type are typically restricted to low-current devices.
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Old 11-11-2014, 10:50 PM   #7
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Groswald,

If you do this project, please document it with pictures so I can do it too.
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