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    • David, obviously if the cord gets much too HOT, its drawing more current then its rated for. Typically if the cord has the correct overcurrent protection (fuse or breaker) that shouldn't happen. If you're running on 12 Volts versus 120, that's like 10 times more current and like 11 times the battery amps versus 120 amps if you're using an Inverter........ Is this a three way 12 VDC,,,,,,,,,120 VAC,,,LP Gas fridge or what ??? Is it an Absorption RV type of fridge or a compressor powered ?? Is it a 12 VDC Compressor fridge ???? Are you powering it using straight 12 VDC or is it running on 120 VAC supplied by your battery and an Inverter ??? John T
    • I'm using a small Brave trenching machine, but I have to maneuver it - it's not self-propelled.  It's darn heavy and really hard on my back.  I was thinking of pulling it with a winch.   Anyone have any thoughts on that?  
    • That may be the new standard. I don't believe that I have ever done any work on one of the newer RVs that came with the home type of refrigerator. I consider the improvements in technology that have lead to the frequency of using a house type refrigerator to be one of the most significant changes in the RV world since I have been a part of it. Between the improvement in batteries and in refrigerator efficiency, I really wonder why we are still not seeing them in the smaller travel trailers yet. Lithium batteries and solar are another area that is bringing about major changes of RV design. 
    • Current transformers around conductors can be a way to measure CURRENT FLOW. Then a Kill o Watt meter will measure the amount of ENERGY consumed which is again Watts x Time.    If your peak power usage is that ???? you need an Inverter big enough to supply that number of watts, you have answered your question. Remember peak power is what you will draw if/when all of certain appliances are running at THE SAME TIME  The Inverter has to be big enough to supply that. That IS NOT THE SAME as how much ENERGY (Watts x Time) you might use in a day.  Just add up the total watts of every appliance you need to be running AT THE SAME TIME to size your Inverter (plus allowing for extra and safety) piece of cake, you got this Glenn  NOTE I'm rusty on this having long retired as an Electrical Power Distribution Design Engineer but believe its still true YET NO WARRANTY LOL  John T
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