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Old 02-22-2003, 02:08 PM   #11
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Thanks for the response OLDphoneman and onezman. I understand what your doing OLDphoneman. But, for me, I'll going with the quasi sine wave inverter. phred's Poop Sheets (Escapees) comment that the pure sine wave inverters are really only necessary for some of the more touchy laser printers. All I need is something to help me get my Volvo retitled as a motor home. In Missouri, three of the four things I need are: (1) a cooking facility with onboard power source (small microwave); (2) a refrigerator; and a 110-120 volt power supply. I can get a 12 volt microwave for several hundred dollars; but it would make more sense to get a $50 microwave and a $80 refrigerator and sink the bigger bucks into an inverter to run both, and which meets the 3rd requirement for the onboard 110 volt power source. phred recommends four inverter brands: Trace, Heart Interface, PowerStar and STATPOWER. I don't have my wattage requirements figured out yet, but the recommended brands are all pretty "pricey". So I may end up with a Cobra, like onezman, or get lucky and find a used trade-up inverter at someplace like RV Solar Electric or Backwoods Solar. Buying a good inverter is about as confusing as buying a good truck. Glad I got my Volvo! Joe

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Old 02-22-2003, 04:56 PM   #12
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Hi Joe -- --

The most demanding for your application -- is the microwave. You will probably select a micro with the wattage in the range of 600-700 watts.

I'd recommend at the minimum -- an inverter rated at 1000 watts. Mine works just fine -- powering the micro and fridge at the same time along with the laptop. When the micro is at "full" I'm drawing 80 amps of DC current -- thats with everything on. So you see -- I've still got a safety margin.

I just looked at Flying J on the web -- they have a Statpower Portawatz 1700 watt unit for $ 149.00 -- although they are out of them at the moment on the Web. If you live close to one of these Truck Stops -- check it out.

Here's another Web Link listing inverters and pricing --

http://www.donrowe.com/inverters/inv...urce=overture1

I don't know anything about the above link -- just did a search -- and I can't remember where I bought mine on the Web -- Senior Moment !! !!

Hope this Helps .....

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Old 02-22-2003, 05:18 PM   #13
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Hello joe -- --

I went into the house and looked on that computer -- and found the place on the Web where I bought mine -- Here's the link:

http://www.brokenlegdave.com/Manufac...ge_battery.htm

There Statpower Prowatt 1000w is $209.

This will meet your requirements -- although I'd recommend for just a few dollars more -- their 1750 watt version at $ 281.

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Old 02-23-2003, 02:51 PM   #14
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Thanks, OLDphoneman. I've got two questions - I think that inverters are meant to be used with deep cell batteries (golf cart, marine batteries, etc.) Does it hurt to use the batteries in your truck -- which were designed for one thing - cold cranking amps? Second, my three batteries are hooked up in parallel. Did you splice in your inverter at the first battery, or at the end of the chain where all the amps are? Thanks - Joe

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Hello Joe -- -- --

Using an inverter for the micro is like starting the tractor motor (well almost) As there is a current drain for a short period of time. This won't harm the batteries -- Which is your real concern.

Another example is -- you run the fridge over night -- and the converter draws appx 3-4 amps continous all night. Does this harm starting batteries ?? My answer is no -- although deep cycle batteries can standup to this demand better than starting batteries.

My view is -- does the end justify the means. And for me -- I'll replace the starting batteries every 5 years -- and install 4.

Hooking up an inverter -- By the way -- Full current is available at any of the 3 - batteries. But -- You'll want to only hookup to the Front battery. If you hookup to the rear battery -- you will be removing the nuts holding down the battery cables -- and you will loose power to the tractor. This causes no harm -- Except you'll have to reset all the clocks ........ :^) Thats why -- When you view my photo's I used the Front battery -- the end battery in the string -- and only one cable on the post -- plenty of room for another !!

Hope this has helped ........

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Old 02-25-2003, 06:17 PM   #16
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Thanks, OLDphoneman. I'm a month or so away from needing an inverter. My truck goes into the shop for the bed build sometime next week. Right now, it won't start -- it's 4 degrees here. I've got the engine heater plugged in, but the batteries just won't cut it in this cold. I may have to replace them. Most of the plastic decals are gone. All I can tell is that they are Delco gel batteries with 700 CCAs; but they might be a couple of years old. they're hooked in parallel, so I think I have 2100 CCAs, which isn't enough on this N14 Cummins when it gets below freezing. Later - Joe

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Hi Joe -- -- --

4* -- -- No NO .. .. Doesn't compute !! !! :^D

55* and SUNNY here Today !! !! !! :^)

You've Gells ?? I'd think they would be wet cells/sealed. I've Interstate's Work Horse -- 31ECL W-700 CCA's.

FAROUT -- on the bed ....... Take PICTURES .. and post-um on Webshots !! !! Like Me !!

You Boy's with the N-14's ...... I'm going to have give Mark Chappell at TST a Ring -- and have him breathe some LIFE in my punny M-11 :^D

Your the 2nd one having a bed built next week !!

I still like my S/S fenders !! !!

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Check out my tow vehicle and 5"er.....
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Old 03-05-2003, 05:33 PM   #19
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Bill:

Your link didn't open on my computer.

Me or you?

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It's him. I tried it too, and it wouldn't fly.
Just tried again. Again, no go.
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