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Old 12-06-2017, 09:38 PM   #1
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Hello

Hello...

My wife and I just purchased a 2018 Thor Freedom Elite 24HE. We have never RVd before and are looking forward to traveling and sightseeing. Weíre currently snowbirds with homes in Wisconsin and Florida.

Weíre interested in boondocking and Iíve been reading everything I can to understand what we need to do to the RV to make it suitable. Iím pretty certain Iíve discovered that the RV didnít come with an inverter. Weíll have to research and probably have Camping World install it. Weíre also going to need to improve the battery situation and add solar panels and controller.

Iíll want to tap into the wealth of information you all must have.

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Old 12-06-2017, 10:17 PM   #2
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Congratulations and welcome. There is a wealth of knowledge on this site. Itís the best of the best. Enjoy your coach.
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:49 PM   #3
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Welcome to the best little internet forum in the Universe...
You're gonna like it in here: they serve the best coffee...

How about some pictures of your new pride and joy?
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:56 PM   #4
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Congrats and welcome to the forum! There are several folks on here that have installed solar and researched the batteries and inverter system to go boondocking and stay off the grid for a while. (Myself being one of them...) One of the best research articles was called "The 12 volt side of life" and it explains in a lot of detail about electrical budget (how much power do you expect to use) and how many batteries and what kind to use, as well as how you will charge them (solar, generator, alternator, etc.) There are a lot of options out there and lots of ways to accomplish your goals.
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Old 12-08-2017, 07:35 PM   #6
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I would recommend you do some camping first and see what you need. What is it you need the inverter for? If Like us, it is just to plug in a laptop or similar device, you may find a simple Lighter plug inverter works just fine. We don't boondock for long periods but for three or four days we have no need for anything other than our standard equipment. YMMV
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Old 12-11-2017, 12:09 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the replies. I don't like the idea of running the generator for TV and other AC-dependant utilities. I imagine the cigarette lighter Jack's are tapped into the starter battery. Does anyone know if that's true?
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Old 12-11-2017, 12:53 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the replies. I don't like the idea of running the generator for TV and other AC-dependant utilities. I imagine the cigarette lighter Jack's are tapped into the starter battery. Does anyone know if that's true?
What powers what varies from rig to rig... Set your coach battery to STORE - and see what still has power - most likely those will be coming from the chassis battery. (some have found coach batteries still have a drain when in STORE - why I said 'most likely')

Really is little in the RV that needs AC. TVs, Microwave, A/C (assuming propane fridge since a residential fridge unit would have an inverter already.)
I carry a small plug in inverter but have rarely used it. I added a 12v TV and Bluray player in the bedroom, a 12v adapter for my laptop, a few 12v USB outlets. When boondocking, I only start the genny if I need A/C or microwave (neither of which would be practical on inverter in my setup).

As Whirnot suggested - try some camping and see.
Inverter/battery/solar setups vary widely - typically the first question needing answering is what do you expect to draw in watts, and for how long? Then a suitable system can be designed. Of course the price tag follows the amount you need.
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Old 12-11-2017, 01:58 PM   #9
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Thanks.

We will do some camping before purchasing. I don't believe I have a "store" switch. I have a lot to learn about the wiring before I start running DC lines for a DC TV and such. I've been reading a much as I can get my hands on. There's not a lot that's specific to the 24HE.
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