Golf caravan with laptop

Submitted: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 14:19
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Has anyone out there travelled in a Golf Savannah. Hubby & I are joining the grey nomads part time next year and are thinking a 21 ft Golf looks the go for us with shower and toilet. We have a Land Rover Discovery V6 diesel. We also like to travel with a laptop and gadgets. What would we need extra for power supply that wont fry the computer considering we would like to free camp occasionally. Have been researching the forums but cant find a lot on power supply for computers.
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Reply By: Notso - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 17:59

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 17:59
There are basically two options,

1 Buy a twelve volt charger adapter for the Notebook costs from $59 to $160 depending on your money supply, Repco the cheapest Dick Smith the most expensive

2 Buy an Inverter if you have enough battery power to run it, around 150 watts will do it Some are "Pure Sine Wave" and some are "Modified Sine Wave" some computer power supplies don't like the Modified sine wave so make sure you "Try Before You Buy"

Have Fun
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Reply By: Gu_Patrol - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 20:30

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 20:30
Targus make a few types for laptops, but not all tips will charge the batties up, 12 v to 240 pure sine convertor is your best option, unless you but a good genny which will also supply power to your caravan, including air con if you got one.
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Reply By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 21:26

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 21:26
I sell all these items but I love my genny.

I would go for a 1000w Engel or Honda (Same thing)

Best $1200.00 you will spend. Get a toaster and microwave rated under 1000w and you will be glad. If you have a/c then go for the 2000w units.

Most of my customers go for solar or a genny when free camping and down want to let the car idle for hours on end.

Regards Derek.
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Reply By: JJ - Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 22:29

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 22:29
We did three months around last year using our little 20 old Yamaha genny for van power and I just plugged my practically new iBook G4 in to a power point in the van. Not a prob! Didn't even think about frying it!
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Reply By: redmow - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 20:29

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 20:29
Thanks a lot guys - looks like I have a few options so will look at these. Its great to talk to people who know!!!! I have never done this before and there is such a lot to get a handle on. Am going to the caravan show in Caulfield and will hopefully choose a van to buy - or at least get totally confused. Cheers!
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