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Congrats on the successful delivery and your new home! 700 miles plus pickup in 24 hours? Not so much fun. But now the fun can REALLY start! 

Glad the delivery went well. Being well informed and having some idea what to look for goes a long way. As you get your house empty you might try some driveway camping, just to get used to everything. 

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Thanks! Spent the first night camping in the yard last night and all systems appear to be working properly ... I feel out of place inside the house now and prefer to be in the trailer. Maybe a sign that I’m making the mental transition from the house to the trailer. Busy packing up the house today and realized I’d better pack and outfit the trailer first so I don’t have to hunt for things once they are in storage. Duhhhh! I’ve prepped for many trips in the past and am known for my obsession with lists ... this will be a little more involved ... just on a grander scale.

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21 hours ago, NDBirdman said:

A cap on the truck would give you lots more storage room for many more toys.

It would also improve fuel mileage when towing significantly. 

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I really wanted a topper but opted for this Extang tonneau instead. Not as much cargo space but I like having the visibility. Also the topper folds open either from the front or the rear and it’s keyed to the vehicle key which is kinda neat.

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I went with a tonneau cover also. I’ve had pickups in the past and always had shells on the bed. I figured out quickly just how much of an issue it was to access things in the front. I got the pickup to get a generator and knew there was no way I could maneuver it around in the bed while bent over because of shell. 

There are lots of advantages and disadvantages both ways, it depends on each person’s priorities. 

Love that tonneau cover you got, I seriously considered something similar. You’ll have such a great time with your rig!

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We have had that same cover for 8 years on our truck, fades after all those years but still works great. Best part is getting to the front of the bed. Would like to find one for our 2004 long bed Ford 350

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You can also retrofit flip up windows, in place of the typical sliders with screens. Almost as easy to access items as a tonneau cover, but more security. 

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So my Renogy 100W suitcase-style solar panel arrived today ... tested and works fine. I want to be able to charge my batteries when dry camping. I’ll use a generator when I need to run the A/C but it would be nice to be able to turn on the TV without the generator running. The TV that came with the trailer runs on 120v wall outlet currently. So would it be easier to install an inverter in the trailer or exchange the TV for a 12V and wire it to run off the battery? Not sure if I asked that right but maybe you get the idea?

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1 hour ago, Reedhoppa said:

would it be easier to install an inverter in the trailer or exchange the TV for a 12V and wire it to run off the battery? Not sure if I asked that right but maybe you get the idea?

You could also just get a small inverter that is enough to power the present TV and use it both ways. Just look for the tag on the back of your present TV and there should be a wattage listed for the size inverter you need. 

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26 minutes ago, Kirk W said:

You could also just get a small inverter that is enough to power the present TV and use it both ways. Just look for the tag on the back of your present TV and there should be a wattage listed for the size inverter you need. 

That’s a good suggestion ... so I would either need to run wires all the way to the battery or see if there’s a place near the TV where I can access a 12 volt source for the inverter?

6 minutes ago, rm.w/aview said:

Congratulations! Looks Good! Did you get the dinette or theatre seating with your new home?

I went with the dinette ... i gotta have a big table. I’m tweaking the dinette seating to make it a little more comfortable

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38 minutes ago, Reedhoppa said:

That’s a good suggestion ... so I would either need to run wires all the way to the battery or see if there’s a place near the TV where I can access a 12 volt source for the inverter?

Light fixtures tend to be a good place to connect to 12V. That's what the installer for our powered window coverings did.

Linda

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Here’s where the power comes in to the dvd/radio which runs on 12 volt. It’s right next to the tv so I just need to figure out which lines are coming from the battery so I can tap in.

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I think I’m going to give myself a timeout ... after doing a little research, I see that I have a number of questions to answer about how to size the system. Once I figure that out, I will delve into the technical aspects of the hook-up. I guess I’m wondering though whether a small 250 watt inverter can run off of the trailer’s 12 volt wiring or if I have to run a wire to the battery up in front?

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I would examine the inverter's documents, it should state what gauge wires is recommended.  Then examine the RV wiring to see what size is available to tap into, then go from there.  IMHO

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17 hours ago, Reedhoppa said:

a small 250 watt inverter

250W / 120V = 2.1A @ 120V    250W / 12V = 21A

The current (amps) supplied to the inverter will be slightly more than 10 times the current(amps) it supplies to the load. 

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