can't remember if my outlets are AC or DC - Fiberglass RV

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Old 05-18-2009, 09:11 AM   #1
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I have an '09 Trillium,,,,would I be running AC or DC current off of my wall outlets or should I check the converter box. I want to buy a portable fan that runs off of "D" batteries but would like to use it with the wall outlet when I am at a campsite with power. I forget if it is AC or DC..

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Old 05-18-2009, 09:15 AM   #2
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if your "outlets" look like the ones in your house (3 prong) then they are AC and you must be plugged into shore power for them to work.. unless there is an invertor wired to them.

if they are round like the ciggy lighter sockets in your car... they are DC.

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Old 05-18-2009, 10:16 AM   #3
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My basic knowledge or should say the way I keep it simple is: Ac (Alternating Current) is power supplied from the power company
Dc (Direct Current) is supplied by a battery

But the converter/invertor (what ever it's called plays into the picture to put Dc power to the outlets when running off the battery doesn't it? He_ _, I don't know. Hopefully someone will be able to help you further. But I do know Ac is power company and Dc is battery.

Cant tell you where a generator would fit in, but I suspect it would be form of Ac as well.............? or that intertor/convertor thingy plays into that as well.
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Old 05-18-2009, 08:14 PM   #4
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Converter -- Common RV appliance, changes 120VAC shore power to 12VDC to power 12V lights and stuf and recharge battery.

Inverter -- Less common appliance, changes 12VDC to 120VAC, usually to power small stuf like laptops, cell phones, lights, fans, etc., although can be found in larger sizes.

Generator -- Has gas, diesel or LP-powered engine to produce 120VAC power and sometimes small amount of 12VDC power.
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