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Hemi Joel

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Posted: 01/15/22 04:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi, what is the right inverter for my truck camper? I will use it a couple time per day in short bursts to run the microwave, and the Kurig coffee maker. Plus sometimes for longer stretches to run the heating pad or charge the computer. That's about all. I will switch it off when not in use, so it needs a remote switch (preferably hard wired) and it does not need an automatic power saver mode. It doesn't need to have a charger.

My camper has 3 group 31 lead acid battery's, 400 watts of solar, and a converter/charger.

I want proven quality that will last for years, not some unreliable piece of junk that will fizzle when I'm on the road.

Your recommendations will be much appreciated! Thanks, Joel


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This one will do that job. Not junk. Besides me (not a full-timer), there is at least one forum member who is a full-timer and has been using the heck out of his for a few years now. Recommended based on my use (over three years now) similar to your plans. Has a remote you can order with it.

https://powermaxconverters.com/product/pmx-2000w-psw/

There are other choices of course.


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Thanks BFL23, how is it for sound? Is it noisey?

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I like my Go Power 2000w sine wave inverter. Fan is fairly quiet and only runs above maybe 1200 watts.

Prosine 1800 died way too early.


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Not so sure about the need for a 2000W inverter given your setup. A 1500W would probably be more than enough without running it near it's limits.

The weakest link will be the charging method while dry camping. You have a good sized battery bank though you might want to consider Li or AGM batteries when the time comes to replace.

Solar is nice but slow, & requires sunlight. Not so good if you are in the shade of a forest. Great if you are a dessert dweller.

We have a 1000W PSW inverter & a stand alone multi stage programable charger. We are wired like a boat. No converter. Everything 12V comes from the battery bank, a single 4D case Lifeline AGM. No solar, we like trees. We carry a 2000W inverter genny for charging & the rare occasion when the microwave is wanted. Perked coffee on the stove & propane water heat as needed.

It is all about knowing what the power hogs are & power management.


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Hemi Joel wrote:

Thanks BFL13, how is it for sound? Is it noisey?


Not really. Fan comes on only when needed, not loud. Same as other inverters, it needs air for cooling--see installation instructions.

A truck camper does not have many suitable locations to get an inverter near the battery bank so you might have to do a little "arranging". [emoticon] (BTDT in the TC in sig)

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I bought Samulex PST-2000-12
I mounted mine in my truck.
Samulex site is also a great source of information on designing a solar, battery, inverter system. They even have a cabling kit with the proper sized cable.
Good luck on your design.

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Posted: 01/15/22 07:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Samlex is the best inverter only. If you want inverter/charger then Magnum.

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Another vote for Samlex.

But for inverter charger I'd pick Victron.

As to capacity for a microwave I'd want 125% of the input wattage. The micro in the RV is 1561 watts so 2000 watts is just about perfect for size.


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pianotuna wrote:

Another vote for Samlex.

But for inverter charger I'd pick Victron.

Victron is good, but Samlex makes a nice inverter/charger/automatic transfer switch. Not cheap. Get rid of your existing converter and wire directly to the battery bank.

Their 1200W unit will output 1800W for 30 seconds. Very few manufacturers will specify overload capacity.

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