Before I left I wanted to have everything done so I wouldn’t have to worry right away about getting things done on the road but alas there were a few things that didn’t get finished before I took off. One of those things was adding an inverter for my solar panels. The inverter allows you to use your wall plugs on solar power. My lights were 12 volt so they were working off of my solar panels but I had to be plugged in somewhere or run my generators if I wanted to watch TV, use my blender, massage chair or microwave.
I went to the biggest RV show in America, in Hershey, PA, a couple of weeks ago and bought an inverter. I’m glad I waited as the sales guy informed me that I didn’t need an inverter with a charger because I already had a charger in my trailer. So instead of spending $1,300, I bought just the inverter for $300. He also told me if I bought a transfer switch I would be able to use all of the outlets instead of having to designate only 1 outlet to plug into. In all of the research I did I never came across this information. So by waiting I saved $1,000 and got another piece I didn’t even know I needed.
In driving down here, one of my trailer tires went (See previous blog post) and in trying to find someone to help me with that situation, I found RV Rescue and Tim. Tim is awesome. He’s very knowledgeable and came out today not only to install my inverter but help me with a few other things too. I will note that in calling around, I called Camping World and was told that Forest River wouldn’t cover my tire so not to even bring it over and they needed two days to install my inverter. They said it would take 5-6 hours at $119 per hour. That didn’t even include parts! This is the 3rd Camping World I’ve been to and I have yet to have a good experience at one.
Tim showed up on time at 9am and looked at everything. He then went off to buy everything he needed for the install and returned promptly. He installed the inverter and transfer switch and even called the manufacturer to get some questions answered. Since I have a 50 amp service the switch could only be hooked up to one side of the main or the other so I choose the kitchen and living room. If I had 30 amp, it would have worked the whole trailer. I’m very happy with it working more than one outlet though.
While he was here, I had him take my spare off and asked his advice on where to take it. He used to work for Camping World and Carolina RV and gave me good advice on where to go and what tires to look for. He also wrote down the part number on my bathroom fan that has stopped working and he’s trying to get that fixed under warranty.
He also hung my Welcome sign made by Lee Minardi and my leash hanger that I won in an auction a while back. He then tacked down my shower wall that had pulled away when I hung up my shampoo dispenser. And he took off my spare for me as my trailer didn’t come with a lug wrench. The last thing he did was install a new digital antennae that will hopefully pull in more channels and get me better reception. It’s hard to tell here as I’m buried in the woods but even so I’m getting 19 channels.
Tim was here pretty much all day and my total bill was $485 for everything, including parts and labor.
If you’re in Myrtle Beach and need anything done on your rig and don’t want to hook up and tow it somewhere I highly recommend Tim Rivito of RV Rescue. He does a great job at a fair price. You can reach him at 843-267-8129 or RVRescueMB@gmail.com. Tell him Terri sent you!