Originally Posted by Tcjmiami
I am adding an inverter to my scamp and I want to be sure I choose a unit that can handle my loads.
I want to run separately the following loads:
600 watt microwave
Two slice toaster.
Small hot plate.
The other intermittent load will be a 3 cubic foot refrigerator
I am currently looking at a Renogy 1000wzty full sine wave inverter.
Can someone give me first hand experience with type of installation?
From what you are asking, I surmise you do a lot of boondocking
, and are not typically connected to shore power. My first comment is that inverters can run down a battery(ies) very quickly and you need a way to recharge them or they will have a very short life. A good solar
system may be able to do this if camping in a remote area, WITH GOOD SOLAR
GAIN. Second, any inverter should not be run at 100% capacity. If you have a 1,000 watt load, you probably want a 1,200 or 1,500 watt inverter. The items you propose using, if you are in fact boondocking
, would be better powered with a 2,000 watt inverter generator
such as the Honda EU2000i or the EU2200i (newer model). It will also keep your battery(ies) charged.
I personally installed a 2,000 watt inverter in my trailer because my coffee maker pulls 1,500 watts and my microwave pulls 700 watts. Even though I have a 160 watt solar panel
and a Zamp port for supplemental solar
input, I installed the inverter for occasional use, not intermittent use. By that I mean I use it mostly if we stop for lunch in a rest area and we want to warm something up for lunch. I also have dual 6-volt batteries with more amp capacity than a single 12-volt battery. And I typically stay in locations with shore power. As much as I do not like generators, in some cases they definitely trump inverters.