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  1. RobinA

    RobinA Read Only Funster

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    Well I've gone and done it! I've ordered a 9 year old Compass Avant Garde,Suntor 300. I'm picking it up on Friday, so I've got 5 days to buy all the bits I need to stick in it, before christening her next weekend. My big concern is how I'm going to recharge laptop, iPad, phone and electronic cigarette! Do I buy a generator?
    Any clues at all on anything that I need to know would be most gratefully received!
     
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    If it is an Avantgarde 100 then it will be virtually identical to our previous van, an Autoquest 100. If it is a different model it won't be far different. Whatever it is, enjoy :Smile:

    You might find some results of our experience useful - HERE.
     
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    Hi Robin, and welcome to Fun, I would look at having a solar panel fitted and buy an invertor, we find that much easier than carrying a genny around, but do look into it, lots of information on here, if you can't find the answer to a question, do try the search facility so much information there.

    I would say if you are starting out the best £10 you will spend is the sub for this forum then you can ask as many questions as you like and will usually have a answer, not always the right one :RollEyes: but a answer. :welcomefunster:
     
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    Thank you

    Looks like £10 well spent!
     
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    YOu could get your £10 back very quickly in Funsters Discount on my website and other fellow Funster traders on Fun:thumb:

    Peter
     
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    I'd say you have made a wise choice, don't like to bull it up too much ( tempting fate) but we have a 2007 Compass Avant Garde, 150 and had no trouble at all , judging by lots of posts on here that is not the case with lots of other models, not fancy but seem to be well put together, found the toilet/ shower too small but have taken the washbasin out and it has transformed it couldn't fault it now.
     
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    phone, iPad and cigarette are easy.

    phone, and i assume iPad, are chargable via the 12v cigarette socket in the dash with car chargers and electronic fag is chargable via a USB adaptor plugged into the same socket.

    laptop could be more of a problem if its 15v or 19v....you may need a special charger for the fag lighter socket.

    as already said, a small power inverter, which inverts 12v DC to 230v AC (mains power) will do all your needs in one unit.

    150watt inverter should be big enough and cost around £20 on eBay.

    generators are ok if you are going to be using a lot of 230v appliances but just to charge gadget batteries is very uneconomical.
     
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    Thanks

    Grateful for your advice and love your strap line.

    Can I borrow it?

    Best wishes
     
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    Apart from an Asus Netbook which had a bespoke tip (so I had to buy an Asus car charger) I've used a Universal charger similar to This One for several laptops over the years. A lot cheaper than an inverter.
     
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