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Some re-wiring is in order to achieve what you are looking for .

Our inverter ran every outlet in the coach .
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That's what I want is to be able to go down the road and watch TV ...right now the TV wont trun on and none of the outlets work except one when the bus is going down the road ..with out the use of the generator
on your overhead compartment there are 12 volt lines that are powered all the time! connect an inverter like the one I sent you the link to above an then plug whatever you want to it.
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Our '87 FC has a inverter connected outlet in the overhead compartment above the passenger seat. May be different on a PT.

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Our PT-40 only had a couple receptacles powered by the inverter while driving; the ones in the galley, microwave & ice maker. The ice maker one was in behind the false back of the cupboard under the sink, look a bit aft with the back removed, you'll see it. I had a power strip plugged in there. But, as previously stated, another alternator won't gain you anything!
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on your overhead compartment there are 12 volt lines that are powered all the time! connect an inverter like the one I sent you the link to above an then plug whatever you want to it.
Do you have an idea what ones ? There is a ton of stuff up there
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Do you have an idea what ones ? There is a ton of stuff up there
On mine there is a door lock unit passenger side that is fed from above the door. Previous owner got a splice from that and ran it through a DC converter/regulator to power a cigarette lighter and a USB plug for cellphones and such! I just got a feed from that to a small inverter for TV and a Macmini I’m using as a file server.
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My ,87fc is the same. I can watch the Brady bunch while driving down the road
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Do you have an idea what ones ? There is a ton of stuff up there
Also I should mention that the inverter I sent you a link to was just an example. You should add up the wattage and amperage of what you want run an that inverter and buy something with 125% to 150% of capacity! An LCD tv uses about 100 watts and about 1 amp, then if you plan for other appliances to be connected to that inverter, add up the watt and amp usage like desktop computer will be around 700 watts and may be 3 to 5 amps. You get the idea, once you have the number then over compensate a bit so you want run the inverter at capacity and heat it up! Get something that can easily handle your load! Again, the link I sent you may be an overkill for your application.
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If you add another inverter in that location , just make sure the wire you power the inverter with can handle the amperage necessary .

A 1000 watt inverter would pull about 83.333 amps on 12v at full load .

Watts ÷voltage=amps
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If you add another inverter in that location , just make sure the wire you power the inverter with can handle the amperage necessary .

A 1000 watt inverter would pull about 83.333 amps on 12v at full load .

Watts ÷voltage=amps
I 100% agree with this.
I use this voltage drop calculator to determine the size of the 12V cables I install.
https://www.calculator.net/voltage-drop-calculator.html
It is more efficient, as you'll see to make longer runs of 120VAC than long 12V runs.

I generally aim for <2% voltage loss at full load.
In my '83 PT, there were some relatively large gauge 12V wires above the driver bulkhead. But I don't think suitable for more than 10 or 20 amps when keeping voltage loss reasonable.

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