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Re: Shore power and lights
Dave_e, some of us only have 12-volt lighting on board. Carrying 120VAC lighting as well takes up more space, needs more wiring and breakers, violates the "KISS" rule. So unless you're planning to spend lots of time on shore power, it makes no sense to have it installed.
By all means if you've got AC lighting, use it.
Figure 4? 6? lights at 10-20 watts each if you're DC and not LED, that could be a fast 100W load on the batteries for three hours, 300WA, 24AH of power. Might just be a trickle for your battery bank but if you can keep that load on the charger instead of the batteries, that's still 24AH more power they'll have the next morning. Or, it could mean three or four times that much if someone goes to sleep and forgets to turn out the lights. Or tv or whatever.
OTOH if I was being charged extra for a shorepower hookup, I'd probably just say no thanks, don't need it for that.
Whatever floats your boat.