Originally Posted by Bonnie and Claude
As the only things in our Boler
running off the battery are two small lights
and the CO2 detector and we bought battery-operated LED mini-lights and both a battery-operated CO2 detector and smoke alarm we were thinking of not buying a new battery. (We got the trailer last month and there was no battery in the case.) Can't think what possible use it would be. Our main concerns are: (a) tripping the campground breaker when the small microwave
is in use and (b) having a power surge fry our wiring, notebook computer or small LCD TV. We don't plan to run the bits and pieces concurrently and have no AC, so am wondering at what point costly surge protection would be overkill. I was thinking that perhaps a simple powerbar from the computer store would do for this first trip. Thanks for your advice!
Reading your original post, I've concluded that you are worried about electrical
of the trailer. Until you get a fuse box, your best bet is a power strip/surge protector. I'm assuming updating the electronics are extremely high on your to-do list as soon as you return home.
Regarding higher demand appliances like your microwave
, TV and coffee maker, you'll need to get an inverter. http://www.google.com/search?aq=f&gc...ower+inverters
They are not all that expensive. They will plug into your "cigaret lighter" outlet. Do you have a "cigaret lighter" outlet?
Without an inverter, your appliances won't work.
Personally, I'd replace your coffee machine with something that will work with or on the propane
stove. I have a french press, which works great. I also have a malita (hand drip) coffee carafe. Both of these appliances require hot water - no electricity! Several FGRVers have stove top Italian Coffee Makers or plain old camp fire peculators. You also might want to consider packing a small, propane
powered BBQ to use instead of the microwave. I'm suggesting this as a way to bypass electricity until you rewire your camper and add a fuse box.
I'd also use the (please purchase one) inverter to recharge your notebook PC in your car. Then you won't have to plug it into your trailer.
After you get some of your initial trailer purchases behind you, you can consider how important it is to protect yourself against electrical
problems originating at your camp ground's hook-up box. Because you don't have an AC, the do-it-yourself surge protector should work well for you and save you $$$.
Think of the money it will take to replace your refrigerator
. Compare that with the $75 cost in supplies to build a surge protector.
Having said all that, you don't have to get a surge protector immediately. Yes, you are taking a chance every time you hook up. But that doesn't mean that you camp site will have bad wiring. Take care your your internal wiring. If there are other things you need to do with the traller like ... fix some leaks
, install a heater ... the surge protector can take it's place on your to do list.
Good luck with your decisions and ... have a great trip!