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10-24-2019 06:56 AM
White_Buffalo7.3 I'd use an inverter generator over a battery bank if it were me. Harbor freight ones have been pretty decent in my short experience with them.

Here is a 2000 watt

And here is a 3500w.
10-24-2019 06:05 AM
Heavy_GD is this a steamer, like a cooker? 1200 running watts is also not the max peak to kick it off.

have you considered a campfire steamer that works off of heat?
10-23-2019 04:26 PM
Loxley Thanks Patrick. That's very helpful. :-)
10-18-2019 07:32 PM
Patrick Feeley I would get dedicated deep cycle batteries. In dealing with RV's over the years, I've never had good luck with 12V deep cycles as they almost always lasted 18 months - 24 months max before they were toast. Currently I have two Trojan 6V deep cycles in series and they've been great for probably going on 8 years. They are big and heavy though. Cheers!
10-18-2019 02:06 PM
Loxley Thank you ZMANN, White_Buffalo7.3, & Justin0009,
That's all very helpful info.
What are some decent battery brands & models?
I've heard a lot of good things about Interstate & Optima over the years. But will truck batteries be able to handle drain from a 1200w device for 30 minutes to an hour?
Or do I need to be looking at dedicated deep cycle batteries?
Thanks again!
10-09-2019 12:29 PM
JustinOOO9 Gonna take 200w minimum solar panel, charge controller, 2-4 100amp hr batteries, inverter minimum for that thing. Plus enough sun 4-8hrs of good light. Other than that I would use a generator. there are some good Yamaha ones that are few hundred less than Hondas and just as good. The Hondas have a great reputation but their price shows they know about it lol. plus very fuel efficient even on low/high settings.
10-09-2019 11:00 AM
White_Buffalo7.3 I'd look into a Leece Neville(#1), Mechman(#2), and DCPower.(#3) Look away from Mean Green, their reviews got cleaned up (deleting bad ones) but they have a poor name. Read the ones on XDP, they SUCK!
10-09-2019 10:36 AM
ZMANN Alternator

to name a few off the top of my head

other may chime in
10-07-2019 09:38 PM
Loxley Thanks for the reply ZMANN.
Do you know of any makes & models of upgraded alternators?
10-05-2019 07:28 AM
ZMANN can't find a propane steamer or use a propane cook top ?

you are basically running a the equivalent of a small AC cooling unit and while his inverter should have been overload protected most inverters that can handle that wattage need a massive battery bank to keep going ( my camper has 4 batteries and an inverter that can handle the load you're dealing with but I still fire up the generator when the wife wants to blow dry her hair

a decent generator may be a better answer

if you do use your truck i would imagine you would need a better alternator so you can stay at idle and an upgraded alt to batter lead and +to+ cable ( the inverter should be powered off the battery directly)

the downside is a load inefficient 7.3 generator running the whole time your steaming
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