Caxton has a Mastervolt Combi 12/2500 inverter (this boosts 12v electricity from the batteries up to 240volt so we can use domestic appliances, TV, laptops, etc.) this has a sophisticated charging system. We also have a 3.5kw Travelpower as part of the engine installation which provides 240volt power when the engine is running to run the white goods aboard Caxton. The weakest link in the electrical supply was the lead acid(wet) batteries which have not survived heavy use, neglect and abuse.
- heavy use - the number of domestic appliances we want to operate
- neglect - difficulty in checking the electrolyte levels in 30 battery cells, enclosed in a box, on top of the 'swim' in the engine compartment, with limited clearance didn't get done during this summer's hot weather.
- abuse - an overload which blew the main 250amp fuse to the inverter (hands up Lesley...) and caused irreparable damage.