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Old 03-02-2017, 08:46 AM   #126 (permalink)
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Question on Inveter sizing.

My inverter is rated at 1250 watts, it says it can go 200% for short periods of time (but no real spec)

My coffee maker draws 1260 watts. (Im not sure if its 1260 all the time or not, need to plug it into the kill a watt to find out, im guessing not)

Think this will work or do I need to shop for a larger one???
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They typically cycle on and off so that helps and if 1260 is the max for the coffee pot and it's a good inverter with an honest rating, should be no problem. Can always test the pot with the kill a watt and then test the inverter with that plus a 100w light bulb to determine overhead
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They typically cycle on and off so that helps and if 1260 is the max for the coffee pot and it's a good inverter with an honest rating, should be no problem. Can always test the pot with the kill a watt and then test the inverter with that plus a 100w light bulb to determine overhead
Yeah I have a kill a watt somewhere.... Ill have to find it and do some testing. The UL sticker on the pot says 1260 watts.

Its a Tripp Lite inverter charger, RV spec stuff so not the best out there. I am going to run 1/0 to it, so hopefully that helps.
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tripplite inverters are actually pretty damned good.

it will protect itself, so try it and if it won't work it just won't work.
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tripplite inverters are actually pretty damned good.

it will protect itself, so try it and if it won't work it just won't work.
Good to know, I was under the impression they were just run of the mill.

I don't really want to wire the damn thing if it wont work. I'll see what the kill a watt says. If its just surge of 1260 it should be just fine.
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Late night last night... Didn't take many pics.

Finished up the floor


Kitchen cabinet in (well mostly in...)




About 30 hours till departure....ouy
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Just found this this.


Awesome work you're doing, dude .
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Awesome work you're doing, dude .
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Late night last night... Didn't take many pics.

Finished up the floor


Kitchen cabinet in (well mostly in...)




About 30 hours till departure....ouy
All that blonde maple wood is really, really sexy.

I wish your ceiling were the same material.
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All that blonde maple wood is really, really sexy.

I wish your ceiling were the same material.
Ha gotta break it up somewhere! But yeah I'm digging it too.

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Got home before dark. outside shot! Will need some air in the bags...



Switches actually running the lights! 12v meter and two usb ports there as well


rats nest.....


Pooper placement confirmed


Black walnut scraps for sink infill cutting board
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Boat tank doesn't play nice with the webasto.... Arrg. Something about the pickup.... I don't have time for this! Supposed to leave in 3 hours.

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Boat tank doesn't play nice with the webasto.... Arrg. Something about the pickup.... I don't have time for this! Supposed to leave in 3 hours.

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Portable boat tanks use a siphon bulb and most have vented caps. Make sure the vent is open (sometimes a threaded knob within the lid) and make sure the bulb is pumped up while the Webasto pump is running, OR use your own pickup that doesn't use the valve built-in to the tank.

I know from experience that you can just use the portable boat tank pickup tp run a small engine (Briggs 18hp, even had its own pump) without either installing a separate pickup or priming the bulb and opening the vent.

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Cap was off completely, I think it may be the internal diameter of the pickup that's the issue. The webasto is just a pulse pump. No bulb, just connected straight to the tank

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Portable boat tanks use a siphon bulb and most have vented caps. Make sure the vent is open (sometimes a threaded knob within the lid) and make sure the bulb is pumped up while the Webasto pump is running, OR use your own pickup that doesn't use the valve built-in to the tank.

I know from experience that you can just use the portable boat tank pickup tp run a small engine (Briggs 18hp, even had its own pump) without either installing a separate pickup or priming the bulb and opening the vent.
EPA doesn't allow vented caps anymore. They want your tank to swell up like a balloon when it sits in the sun and then right under your nuts when you get in. Apparently the vapors are bad for the environment, but if a tank seam lets go and spills its no big deal.

I've never had luck using boat tanks for our generator. Ended up with a tank that gravity fed into a T right after the generator's tank.
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Im using a small gallon gas can that has a mount up under my van . I heated up a pin and poked it into the gas can for a vent. If my van was diesel I would pull it from the tank
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Fawk yeah!



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Fawk yeah!
Awesome pic is awesome .
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update sine I was in a giant rush yesterday.

pooper in




Prototype ski storage



Temp counter in


Bed done, after the first night, im really happy with the Amazon memory foam mattress. so cushy


Temp cooking


Stairs work well


What its all about!!!
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So you built in 'shitting with a view' ?!!

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So you built in 'shitting with a view' ?!!

Fawk yes! Haha got a wall to install still....

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Awesome work man!!!
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Awesome work man!!!
Thanks! Sure felt good to sleep in there after all the work!
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Did you sleep in the truck in your driveway..or are you now skiing?
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Did you sleep in the truck in your driveway..or are you now skiing?
Took it out skiing Saturday night. I wish I had that much snow in my driveway!
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