Not entirely true. The invertor should be as close as possible to the battery and with large gauge wire. A 120vac power tool drawing 5 amps will consume about 600 watts which will require about 50 amps from the 12v battery/altenator. Consequently, 6 ga. wire at minimum s/b used connecting to the battery and no more than about 4 ft. long.mrschwarz said:It doesn't matter where the 12 volts comes from. Power is power.
A larger inverter won't damage your truck but if you pull more than your alternator can put out and run it long enough your battery will eventually go dead.Mopar1973Man said:120 Amps x 12 Volts = 1,440 Watts worth of power your truck can provide. So if I was to think of using a inverter for a power source I wouldn't exceed 1000w or maybe 1500w inverter to protect the truck from damage.
From this, are you talking about a plan to use a TT as a workshop? If so, a portable generator would be your best bet, but you could temporarily power (120vac) off an inverter connected to your truck, but as stated, the inverter s/b as close to the truck battery as possible. The TT will typically have a 30 amp power cord which has a unique plug. However, it can be adapted to plug into standard 120 vac 15/20 amp outlet. You could connect this plug to your inverter, but you would want to make sure everything that uses 120 vac is turned off in the TT - except for the 120vac outlets you might want to use and keeping in mind your power limitations.Toaster said:I might need one to run a drum sander + vacume at some point, so probably a 4-5000. Right now I just need basics, maybe some recharge ability, vacume, small fan to suck out dust. etc.
I would be running the engine for this. It has 120V outlets in it, just don't know enough about electrical just yet.
...and what the average TT inverter will handle?