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 10/5/2003 9:24 PM
 
We just bought a used 2003 Dutch star 4006 diesle. We found it in Maine and live in Idaho (go figure) we went and inspected and drove this past weekend and made the purchase, but haven't gotten it out here yet.
The coach has a 300 watt inverter, witch seems small, but we have never owned an RV and don't know for sure. The previous ownwer says he never had any problems.
My questions are quite basic I'm sure but here goes 1- What normily runs off of the inverter and what is a good size inverter? 2-is the inverter basicly for 110 ac power while driving or dry camping and not running the generator? 3-If I buy a larger inverter and want to run more things than are currently wired to the inverter is this doable and how difficult is it?
Thanks for any imput. Bryan
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 10/5/2003 9:57 PM
 
Bryan - Newmar offers a 400-watt inverter, as optional equipment, to run the Dutch Star dash TV. This is used to run your dash/living room TV when not connected to shore power or running your genset; it isn't large enough to run anything else. A rig of your size would need at least a 2000-watt inverter to enable you to dry camp in comfort. That would allow you to use your TV's, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, and small appliances without running your genset. Of course, your batteries would determine the amount of power available to you. Because different circuits will be affected, I suggest you consider a professional installation should you elect a converter large enough to serve your entire rig. Good luck. - Dave This message was edited by Dave_Peters on 10-5-03 @ 9:01 PM

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 10/6/2003 6:17 AM
 
Newmar 400 watt Inverters are wired different than the 2000 watt offered as an option. 400 watt Inverter only is wired to the front overhead to run the VCR and TV outlet plugs. To run a 2000 watt would require running new 110 lines from the 110 breaker panel to the storage compartment in front of the batteries. You did not happen to buy the Dutch Star that the former Maine Governor used on his year long trip? Brent

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 10/6/2003 7:14 AM
 
bcbeal, Is running these 110 lines from breaker box to the inverter something that is reasonable to do? I think I would have a professional do it, but is there a reasonable route to do this? Is the switching between inverter, generator and shore power automatic?
What is the former Governer of Maine name? Bryan
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 10/6/2003 11:11 AM
 
Angus King was the gov. of Maine. After leaving office he took his family (young wife and two elementary age children) on a lap around the US. He probably bought his Dutch Star at Mountain Road RV in Sabattus. Did you happen to buy there? Dutch Hebron, MD
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 10/6/2003 11:52 AM
 
As it happens we did buy the Dutch Star from Angus King (didn't know he had been the Gov of Maine, he didn't mention it, he is a very nice guy really made our trip to maine a pleasure) and he did buy it at Mountain Road RV, they seem to be great people at Mountain Road RV. It will be a long first trip for us to get it here but we really liked it.
Anyway I do think we will want the 2000 inverter, I will be traveling and working and will be using a satellite interenet connection and some other electronic equipment. So hopefully it will not be to difficult to do the wiring.
Bryan IDaho
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 10/6/2003 4:33 PM
 
If you do not know what you are doing, it is not easy or adviseable to run the wires yourself. You will have to run 2 10/3 110 wires from the 110 breaker panel to the Inverter compartment which is next to the battery compartment. You will also add a 4 breaker box next to the existing breaker panel with 2-15 and 2-20 amp breakers. Brent

Master RV Technician (28 years)
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 10/6/2003 4:58 PM
 
Hi Bryan. I certainly agree with bcbeal. Adding a 2000 watt inverter "after the fact" is indeed a sizeable undertaking, and should be done by a technician well versed in RV wiring.
Newmar offers most of their coaches with or without inverters (I'm not including the small inverter for the TV). Not sure why, I guess some folks just don't use them. Actually, I don't use mine a lot, either!
I would guess you'll spend upwards of $4000 to buy and install a 2000 watt inverter. Maybe you just want to run the generator instead! Regards,
Fred White Polk City, FL

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 10/6/2003 5:51 PM
 
We have the 400 watt inverter with the Dutch Star, and of course we would have rather had a 2000 watter but it didn't come that way. At the time we didn't know any better.
We have found that it is really all we need most of the time if it isn't too hot that we need air. They mount the inverter in the cabinet with the VCR which is right next to the TV. The problem with most Dutch Stars is they put the satellite equipment in the cabinet above the lounge chair which has no inverter power to run the receiver or the automatic dish lift. We've found that if we unplug the VCR and use it's plug for an extension cord and run it over to the satellite receiver and motor lift, we can power them and use the TV at the same time. We hang the extension cord over the tv antenna crank and leave the monitor panel door open and it doesn't even get in the way. We only have two batteries which are fairly new and they run for 5 or 6 hours at a time and only go half down. Be sure to unplug the motor lift after you have selected the satellite. It really does a good job.
Why they dropped to 300 watts on the new unit is hard to understand. Big Bad John & Runaround Sue

Big Bad John & Runaround Sue & Paris *Hammock,Florida* *97 Dutch Star Diesel* *76 VW Bay Window Bus* *91 Classic Harley Davidson* *1949 Ford Lead Sled* *2012 HD LSV
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 10/6/2003 7:15 PM
 
Bryan, I installed our 2500 watt inverter (Heart 458 series) in our last two MHs. I took the easy way out I hooked it up to take care of all the circuits in our MH. This means when the power goes out (like it did last friday nite) you have to remember to turn off all heavy electrical loads. (Like heat pumps, elec hot water heaters & the Frig on ellectric. The most important part of the wiring is to limit the length of the 12 volt cables (from the inverter to the batteries) to under six (6') feet in length or double them up. I used 2/0 welding cable & it does the trick. Instructions that came with the inverter were quite plain enough, IF YOU UNDERSTAND HOW TO WIRE THINGS CORRECTLY. If you don't then call in a qualified electrician. Personally I wouldn't be without one. Last Friday while everyone in the campground was running their gensets, we were watching two tvs, using the microwave & making coffee, without all the noise associated with a genset.
Fred B.

Fred Bradley Hinckley Ohio 00 winnebago adventurer 35U 07' Saturn Vue, SMI toad brake
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