An inverter is a device that converts direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC). This is important in an RV because the 12-volt DC system that powers most of the RV’s features is incompatible with the 110-volt AC system used in most homes. An inverter allows you to use standard household appliances in your RV.
There are two types of inverters: pure sine waves and modified sine waves. A pure sine wave inverter produces a more accurate AC signal than a modified sine wave inverter. This is important for appliances that require a specific type of AC signal, like certain medical equipment. However, pure sine wave inverters are more expensive and require more power to run.
Most RVers use a modified sine wave inverter, which is less expensive and uses less power. Modified sine wave inverters are not as accurate as pure sine wave inverters, but they are still adequate for most household applications.
When selecting an inverter, you need to consider the power requirements of the appliances you want to use. The inverter should be rated for at least the same power as the appliances you plan to use. You should also consider the total power requirements of all the appliances you want to run at the same time.
An inverter is a necessary component of an RV, allowing you to use standard household appliances in your RV. When selecting an inverter, you need to consider the power requirements of the appliances you want to use.