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Stellar Eclipse - Full Time RVing

Hi Everyone,

Divorce and the need to save money has me taking the leap into full time rving.  I am in the process of purchasing a Stellar Eclipse (Toy Hauler) for these purposes.  I chose a toy hauler as I am an avid health nut and it allowed me to get a gym quality recumbent bike in the garage area with plenty of room for my two teenage daughters who are with me every other week.  This rig is HUGE, actually a monster, but I have zero plans to be on the road with it and will park it in a gorgeous rv park where the ocean and forest meet.  My family owned a motor home when I was growing up - which is the extent of my RV knowledge - so I will be jumping in and living in this thing pretty blindly in the next month or so. 

The model I am buying (used 2016) has a solar panel, two fridges that can run on propane or electric, a generator and fuel station, etc.  I have no clue how and whether to even use the solar if I am plugged in - and if I can use both simultaneously.  I like the idea of keeping my electricity low (the site has a meter for electric).  I will be plugged into 30 amp but the rig is 50- that said, I will probably never use the two ACs - or even one of them.  I will possibly install a washer and dryer at some point if I can get a hookup in the rig.

I am happy to discover this forum as I am clueless and will need a lot of guidance!

RV in the Redwoods


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If you have 50 amp electric available, plug into that instead of 30 amp, especially with your plans for a washer and dryer.  If your RV has a power management system on it and you are hooked to 30 amp electric, that management system will shut down some appliances as the amperage needs increase.  Thus, you could be wanting to dry clothes and other things will either shut off or the dryer might not run.

Also, I recommend that you also have a power protection device, preferably a Progressive Industries hard wired system, to protect all of your appliances.  When we first got our RV, it did not have a PI system, and we had a washing machine go bad on us.  That was replaced with another and later we had issues with it as well.  Both machines had been on the same electric supply without the PI system.  We now have the PI system and it protects the RV from both high and low voltages, as well as other issues with the electric source.



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