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Old 01-27-2023
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Mine is also plugged into the instant hot receptacle. This is a duplex receptacle so the instant hot was plugged in also. After having it like this for a couple of years we finally had a 2 pot meal going trying to use both burners and the breaker kept tripping.

I guess that 20 amps couldn't double cook and heat water at the same time. The instant hot is now unplugged and we have that switch for the cooktop.
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Would not be hard to add a switch for the cook top. My bus has a propane cook top, but there is a factory installed plug under the counter, beside the konstant hot plug, marked "cooktop". Could just switch that plug.
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Randy mine is doing the same thing I believe! The cook top beeps every so often and I could not figure out where it was coming from. At the "Q" rally this week I determined it was the induction stove top making the noise even though there were no lights lit on it. I am going to wire a switch to the outlet so I can shut it down like I do my microwave. My batteries were being sucked down quicker than a slurpee on a 100 degree day!
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OK,i can't remember when i changed to the induction stovetop but with covid and all that we have not been on any long road trips where we dry camped a lot,then we went to the Blue Moon airport rally and i was having battery issues,with almost new L16 batteries.
(4 batteries).
Like ***?
i had use L16's for years with no issues,but i came on a deal to buy 6 1yo L16s and i replaced the 4 i had and added 2 more,i have 6 L16's and i was still not getting the life i thought i should have between charges,something weird was going on.
So i searched and turned stuff on and off and still did not find the draw.
And then during a after dinner talk with Shawn and Bill i remembered Kip posting about the induction stove sucking power.
That was the problem.
Today i will figure out how to switch it or whatever,we head to the Love Birds rally in a few weeks and we dry camp along the way.

Beep? you say your stove beeps?
Maybe mine does too,but i have not heard a beep in 20 years!
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Thanks for the heads up about the possible parasitic draw. I will check ours soon. Unplugging it is no hassle compared to how well it works.

The old cast iron pot I picked up at flywheelers can sure boil some water in a hurry on that thing! I want to run a test soon to see how much faster it is than the propane.
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Thanks for the heads up about the possible parasitic draw. I will check ours soon. Unplugging it is no hassle compared to how well it works.

The old cast iron pot I picked up at flywheelers can sure boil some water in a hurry on that thing! I want to run a test soon to see how much faster it is than the propane.
Jays got it Jacked up Man!
Charlie’s in the back turning the knobs!
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Thanks for the heads up about the possible parasitic draw. I will check ours soon. Unplugging it is no hassle compared to how well it works.

The old cast iron pot I picked up at flywheelers can sure boil some water in a hurry on that thing! I want to run a test soon to see how much faster it is than the propane.
My induction cooktop will boil a pan of water in under 60 seconds. I'm not talking bubbles, but a rolling boil! Gas is fast but not that fast.
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Have run Kenyon (high end) 2 burner induction range for years on 6 - L16’s. Has special circuit to limit output of both plates to 15a AC total. On initial install removed InstaHot and used that switchable outlet for the range. It stays Off unless being used. Never checked to see whether it has a phantom draw or not. Also have switch for Sharp microwave (in upper cab) and front TV electronics which also stays Off unless being used. Nighttime phantom draw for entire coach load down to < 3a DC when Hurricane & it’s fans not running. Starlink adds about 5a to the mix. But I switch it off before hitting the hay. Goes back On in the morning and have been leaving it On all day. Dishie heater (for snow melting) is Off. At Q have consistently seen 200-250a & sometimes 300a DC total down in morning, if nighttime outside ambient is at or near freezing.. On those nites Hurricane runs quite a bit. But wife not here to use TV all night. On sunny day that amount down is no problem for 1500w of solar to recharge. With Winter sun angle it takes till 2 pm to reach 100% though. Lots of experience running this coach off-grid all Summer. But sun angle and shorter days at Q in late Jan limits amount of total available recharge. That plus I run flat mounted panels as opposed to tilted. Tilting adds about 2 hrs of useful charging time, which is not as important in Summer with those longer sun hours. In Winter, 300a DC down is about the limit without need to use the geny 30 min or so in the morning. At Q sometimes did that to give the the charging process a boost to the Bulk voltage limit (and make coffee/eggs or pancakes in the morning )
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Jays got it Jacked up Man!
Charlie’s in the back turning the knobs!
Hahaha. Shawn, that cracked me up! Just don't forget the lady with her curling iron and keurig coffee. Its not how many batteries you have, its how many amp hours you can keep the crew from wasting!

I really need to tell the story when I woke up on new year's and we had the AC and heates running at the same time on generator power!

I will never have slideouts because I need all the weight and storage capacity possible for batteries, water, and fuel!
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