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Holiday activities ZAP!!

I just spent all day wiring up my Commander for 110 power to run a holiday parade float for my kid's school. I saw the float earlier in the week and tested the power consumption. They kept adding lights, lights and more lights. In addition I need 3 amps @110 available for the electric piano.

I ended up buying the biggest inverter I could find. 3000 watts. I have it fused with 5 50 amp breakers in parallel, giving me 250 amps total. (the wattage equivalent of 3000 watts @ 110)

I mounted the inverter on the roof rack, along with an extra battery. My Commander looks a little Doc Brownish, at the moment. I guess I better not exceed 88.6 MPH with the float. LOL I had to solder new eyelet ends on a pair of jumper cables so I could bolt the connections. It is a little makeshift, but if it works well, I'm going to make it a permanent fixture for auxiliary power on the Commander. I'll have to find a spot to mount the inverter.

Does anyone know, are the areas behind the panels next to the 3rd seat basically hollow? (other than air ducts)

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Well, off to the parade. (I hope this works)
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Does anyone know, are the areas behind the panels next to the 3rd seat basically hollow? (other than air ducts)
If you have the Boston Acoustics sound system the amplifier is behind the driver side 3rd row panel. If you have rear heat and a/c that is behind the passenger side 3rd row panel.

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How big is the inverter? This is where I installed my little 400W one HERE I plan on adding a large 5000w one as well in the back. I have room in the back driver side behind the panel for one not a lot though the powerful inverters are kinda big. I also ripped out my jack storage and turned that into a large storage area HERE I also plan on using the space where the spare tire is as well. I want to put a fuel cell there but if I have to put the batteries and inverter there instead then I will.


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Here it is atop the Commander.

Good thing I had an extra battery!

Here's the Float



The Float was drawing about 1.4 KW while rolling. I had 2 fully charged batteries to start with. I lasted the parade, but I had to rev the engine every so often. It could not keep up charging at idle. It was really nice not to have to have the kids sing over a generator though!

I really like having 3KW of 110AC available on board. So to make this thing sing, next questions. What is the standard output of a stock Commander Alternator. Where can I get/ do they make a high output alternator for the Commander? The 3000 watt inverter will draw 250 amps of 12v DC at full load. I would want an alternator with 200 to 250 amp output if one exists. This can't be a tough request. Anyone using an electric winch or plowing snow would want a similar alternator.

Nice job on the inverter install! This inverter I have is about 11" square and 3" thick.

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stock alternator is 160 amps I think rockauto has the high output alternators. I should have it listed in my parts link page the link is in my sig I'll take a look.


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http://www.mean-green.com/ALTERNATORS.html These are rated to 200 amps


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Here is a 270amp alternator http://www.soundsolutionsaudio.com/s...eep/Commander/


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I have a 3000 watt Xantrex invertor to power all of the entertainment A/C outlets in my motorhome.

It is powered by four 100 amp hours deep cycle batteries that are charged from either the shore power, generator, or engine alternator. I do know that you can get a 320 Amp alternator for a deisel engine. The big battery is for the engine.




Here is a link to the alternator manufacture.

http://www.prestolite.com/pgs_produc...uct=Alternator

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These have a higher idle amp output https://www.dcpowerinc.com/category/...odel=Commander


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These have a higher idle amp output https://www.dcpowerinc.com/category/...odel=Commander
Holy $#!+!!! 390 AMPS! That one is even more than I need.

Thanks guys. Great info. I think I want to put some gauges on my system and see what I'm drawing. Then I'll know what alternator will best fit my needs. I'm guessing that the higher output at idle will be important for parade use.

Remember the good old days when Jeeps came with gauges standard....?
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