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Old 09-30-2013, 08:02 AM   #1
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I have a question Why do I need a converter?

I'm getting to the point in my revamp where i have to consider where the outlets will be, lighting fixtures etc.

Do I really need a converter? I mean if I am hooked up to a camp site with running electricity why would I need a converter?

Won't a fuse box/circuit breaker box work?

How much is good and how much is over kill?
Lastly is there a name brand that you feel secure with and would recommend?
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:16 AM   #2
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I think I meant inverter.
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:27 AM   #3
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The Converter takes the 120vac from the Campground and turns it into 12vdc.
An Inverter does exactly the opposite,turns 12vdc from Batteries into 120vac,roughly.

Which did you mean?

If you will be camping only where there is 120vac household power available then you really may not need either?
The Campground power can let the trailer work just like your house does and everything runs on 120vac power.

If you might need to power things when not plugged in though you will need a battery to store 12vdc power and loads that will provide light that can be powered from 12vdc.

In that case an Inverter can make the battery power work non 12vdc loads for short times.

Only you can really know what you need and then tell us?

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Old 09-30-2013, 08:38 AM   #4
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Thanks Ed, I'm basically only going to be hooked up to the campsite so what will I need? A circuit breaker/fuse box?
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You don't think you will ever stop on the side of the road at night and might need a light? Oh I forgot that's why we have candles.
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If you have a battery, a converter (or a battery charger) is necessary, otherwise how will you put back into the battery what you take out? A charge line from the tow vehicle will do some charging, but not if you stay in one place for any length of time.

Before you decide to go 120V only, be sure you don't need 12V for things like a water pump, refrigerator, lighting, or trailer brakes through a breakaway switch.
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and you need a battery for your emergency trailer brakes. most trailer have converters, they are inexpensive and allow the use of 12v lights, pump, fans, and accessories. With a battery and propane, you can camp anywhere without needing a leash (120v hook up) an inverter is an accessory that can allow you to use an appliance not made for 12v to operate off 12v, simple explanation.
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You don't think you will ever stop on the side of the road at night and might need a light? Oh I forgot that's why we have candles.
I don't stop on the side of the road.... Period!
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and you need a battery for your emergency trailer brakes. most trailer have converters, they are inexpensive and allow the use of 12v lights, pump, fans, and accessories. With a battery and propane, you can camp anywhere without needing a leash (120v hook up) an inverter is an accessory that can allow you to use an appliance not made for 12v to operate off 12v, simple explanation.
Okay, so I don't have brakes on my trailer, refrigerator, or pump. Basically I'm going to run lights, a/c and outlets for some coffee and perhaps a microwave. All my cooking will be done on site. So for my needs a leash is all I really need.
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Sounds like a small breaker panel will do the trick. I'd plan for separate circuits for the AC, Microwave, and Lighting/receptacles.
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Cool, thanks Jon. A small breaker panel, yes I will have seperate circuits for the ac, microwave, lights and receptacles.
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Now, a question about the wiring

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Sounds like a small breaker panel will do the trick. I'd plan for separate circuits for the AC, Microwave, and Lighting/receptacles.
Now that I know what I need, I read somewhere that even if your hooked up to the '"say 30 amp hook up" that caution needs to be taken when doing the wiring. Is this the reason for the separate circuits (so as not to damage) an ac unit?
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Your lighting will all be 120V, correct?
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Just get one of these Amazon.com: GE 50542 3-Wire Receptacle Tester: Home Improvement
to protect against mis-wired campground electrical issues
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