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Just put deposit on my first motorhome(97 Hymer coachbuilt 544 swing) and would like to buy an inverter for it.Is 300w enough or would you suggest 500w ...Also is there much difference between the Fiamma and Omnistor.I know the fiamma is cheaper the safari room for the fiamma is nearly double price to the omnistor but the fiamma safari is supposed to be a lot easier to erect.Any info appreciated...simon :D
 

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sorry

My goodness. I didnt realise that when you first join you must read every sngle posting that has ever being posted before you dare post something. I do apologise if it so irritates you all but I spent over an hour reading different posts and topics and must have missed those threads only to be told repeatadly what a serious error I have made.I still do not see an answer to my question in that posting about what size inverter I should buy and no answer to my question aboutthe differences in fiamma and omnistor but I apologise again for daring to mention it.Sorry to waste your valuble time.Let me thank again those that did post and try to help me.I do appreciate it.
 

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lol don't worry Pecker, dodger is just doing his job,as moderator he patrols the forums.

The problem is you see that if the same subject gets discussed multiple times, what sometimes happens is that the next person comes along and searches the forum for information on that subject and has to spend ages wading through duplicate information.

It's not meant to be offensive in any way, just basic housekeeping really ;)
 

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I didnt mean to offend, If I did am sorry, but as far the the inverters were concerned Steve had done a good explanation and it would have been a shame for you to miss that

As a guide, there is a orange flag which will show on the index page of any new threads on the board since your last visit you need only click on these for new postings

Sorry again
 

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Re: sorry

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I still do not see an answer to my question in that posting about what size inverter I should buy and no answer to my question aboutthe differences in fiamma and omnistor but I apologise again for daring to mention it.
Hey Pecker, cool down.

Inverters, what size? What do you want to run off it. Buy the smallest sixe you can manage with.

Fiamma and Omnistor sell into the same market and make similar products as you have no doubt found from their respective web sites. Both have devoted followers and I'm sure that trawling the net you will find buyers who are willing to sing the praises of both. We have a Fiamma awning and are very happy with it, I have no personal knowledge of the Omnistor version.
In the end your choice will probably be down to personal preference gained by visiting dealers and shows. It could come down to such things as delivery or colour or charges for fitting.

Sorry I can't be more helpful.

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Hi pecker,
if it makes it easier there is a search option for the site, this can be directed to pick up most recent posts / threads / or check back to the year dot [which admittedly isn't that long ago - but we're getting there! so you can always follow a thread:sign10: ]
it is difficult sometimes to fight your way thro all the postings but once you've started it's not too bad, do as Dodger suggests, or alternatively click on the 'view new postings' option - tells you how many you've missed, and then it gives the number of threads they're in.
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sorry all

Sorry I flew off the handle :oops: but I wasnt getting the info I needed and felt a bit like a schoolboy receiving a telling off. I know there are previous postings but sometimes the info posted doesnt quite cover what you need to know. I should have been more specific in my questions to recieve more specific answers but when you are new to a whole new lifestyle you dont honestly know where to start 8O as I have so many questions to ask. Whatever I do I like to learn rather than buy wrongly and regret later. I am a standard (if there is such a thing) caravanner/motorhomer and I presume, want to use the same things most people want on holiday. I would like a TV, GPS/laptop, cooker, fridge, shower, hot water etc etc.Nothing strange and nothing exotic so when I asked what inverter size I required I presumed that most were a standard size. I cannot really ask too much info from the sellers as suggested by one answer as I was thinking of buying off ebay and I think the most of them would sell you an stuffed elephant and let you believe you needed it so that why I asked on the forum as I believed thats what a forum is for. As for the awnings al I wanted was perhaps personal opinions of users experiences with awnings and if there was anything particular to avoid.Thank you all again for you help and I will try (honestly :roll: )to put postings in their correct place....simon :wink:
 

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Invertors - Sizing up!

You've kindly said the type of items you want to run.

Next, report back with the power ratings of each bit of equipment you wish to run [amps (A) or watts (W)], unlike a domestic supply or an industrial installation where you can calculate a diversity factor in to your loads, I need to know which items you are likely going to run together. I'm not interested in how long your going to run them for as your requiring an Invertor power capacity which is capable of supplying enough current for your specific needs. However, you'll probably need to consider the next step, in that will you have enough battery capacity to run your equipment for the length of time you wish to run them each day before your battery/ies run flat. So you'll need to consider how long you are likely to run each item.

To help you convert all your power ratings to a common theme, you'll need the following formulas.

Voltage times Current (amps) is equal to Watts (power)

Watts divided by voltage is equal to current

Watts divided by current is equal to voltage

Amps multiplied by hours (as a decimal) is equal to Ah (Amp hours)

In the next lesson, we'll run through your total load capacity for purchasing a suitable inverter. Subject to being supplied with the requested load ratings etc.

I'm sure you already realize by studying my previous posts on invertors that they don't always produce good ac, so you'll need to make your supplier aware of your intended use before handing over the readies.
 

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Sorry, but unable to calculate the difference in types of awnings, am day lectric? ;)

I hope your cooker is gas and not out and out electric as you'll need several ton's of batteries to run that, plus the cost of the inverter would be unsensible, to use a printable word.
 

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"I am a standard (if there is such a thing) caravanner/motorhomer and I presume, want to use the same things most people want on holiday"

sorry pecker but we don't really come in standard sizes :wink:
we started [camping] life in this incarnation any way in an Aclass - brilliant on site and had every modern convenience, we have now downsized to the point of not even having a shower 8O 8O 8O
and I wouldn't know where to start with an inverter - despite reading Steve's info - excellently written and I recognise most of the words :?
tho I do miss the lap top 'specially now the battery is dead :(

You will learn lots of bits as you go along, talk to others on site [physical site] and see what they've got and pick up ideas from shows n stuff.
the learning and adapting is part of the fun - enjoy it :!: :tongue3:
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Standards I found come in all sort of lengths of string! How long is yours?

We don't watch telly (Coz there's nuthin on da tellys - so says Terry Wogon) when we're in our van. However when at home we quite often don't have it on during the week (yes we DO have a 13 year child in case you were wondering), if we do its for an hour or so to see the news. At weekends it sometimes gets switched on in the evening, but only if anything worth while is on. That’s our standard for telly watching, what’s yours?

Need I go on?

Happy standards :)
 
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