Explaining converters, inverters and generators – Part 3

Do I need a generator? By Wolfe Rose In my last column, I explained why there just isn’t enough power stored in your batteries to run a sizable inverter for long. The amperage draw is damagingly aggressive, and it’s not realistic to carry the pickup truck full of batteries necessary to replicate an off-grid-house-size battery bank. Since you’re not creating... Read More

Solar Basics – Know how to determine your solar system

By Greg Illes Books can be written (and have been) about all the nuances of solar power. For your RV, this article is meant to be a “thousand-foot view,” a way to see the entire landscape of solar power, without getting bogged down (yet) in too many details. I’ve tried to cover a lot of factors, and not too deep,... Read More

New SmartPlug RV cordset more flexible and easily coiled

Most RV power cords stiffen as the temperature drops, making them difficult to lay out and retrieve. SmartPlug Systems’ new SUPERFLEX50 50A 125/250V cordset is different. Even in freezing conditions down to -58° F, it remains incredibly flexible and easy to coil. And because it boasts the revolutionary SmartPlug, it’s the safest and simplest to use RV cord available. Delivering... Read More

Fifth wheel travel trailers – inverters and generators

  Dear Gary, Do fifth-wheel travel trailers have inverters? If they do not, then I need one with a generator, right? —Robert P. Hi Robert, Many 5th wheel travel trailers are indeed equipped with an inverter. In some cases, however, they may not power all 120-volt AC loads in the same manner as an on-board generator. Some trailers are equipped... Read More

Neophyte boondocker interested in staying long term in the woods

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, In the past you have probably reflected on various boondocking techniques. If so, some reruns would be appreciated. For a neophyte boondocker interested in staying in the woods like maybe for 2–3 weeks: How to maximize energy usage? Routine for use of generator and inverter? How to minimize... Read More