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I need advice! My daughter's team is making a float for our community's Christmas parade. I have decided to use a 1500w inverter powered by a deep cycle battery to power LED lights, a 12ft inflatable Santa, and a stereo system. I'm guessing the parade will last around an hour to hour and a half? How big of a battery should I buy? I would say I would just hook it up to the truck pulling the float, but it's not my truck, and I don't know how I would hook up to a battery in a moving vehicle anyway. Has anyone ever done this before?? Help please!

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Hi and welcome to the nutty world of lights and such. Does the truck you are using have a tow package on it? Cause you can plug into it if it's a round plug vs a flat trailer plug. The battary idea is great, but I feel you  would need a minamum of 3 for the amount of power you need to run everything. Also, does anyone have a small generator you could borrow, say 2000 watts and smaller. That would work AND the smaller ones usually are quieter. Once again, welcome:)

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On 11/19/2016 at 10:04 PM, RTamanda said:

Thank you!!! I will take your advice!

A small generator from harbor freight ($89) will pull quiet a few leds, and a santa no sweat...good luck

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How sweet of you to remember!!! You made my day! It was FABULOUS! We ended up using a 5500w generator that someone loaned us. It was noisy, but we put it on a carpet pad and the sides of the pickup truck along with blaring Christmas music helped drown out the generator. The team had a blast AND we won the award for "Best Use of Lights!" I'll try to attach some pics. Thanks again for asking!

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