Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-15-2013, 03:18 PM   #1
Senior Member
jimbo2013's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 1,146
Question Installing an inverter

I intend to add a residential fridge and go off the grid in the up coming year.

Additionally adding solar panels.

My question is what components are needed to distributed the power through out the coach.

I assume I need something to cut out the inverter if I plug in.

I need a wiring diagram of an install (excluding the solar I know that part)

My assumption is I need to run romex from the inverter to the main box but something needs to cut that power when plugged into shore power.

I just bought this coach and was surprised it didn't have one.

HR Endeavor 38CDS - 330 Cat - Aero Muffler
Miata close behind | 585W solar w/Kid Controller
jimbo2013 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 12-15-2013, 03:25 PM   #2
Senior Member
450Donn's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Dallas,OR
Posts: 2,232
There are several different ways to add inverter power to an RV. Simplest is dedicated outlets where you want/need 120VAC. Much more costly way, actually there are two ways, replace the standard converter with an inverter charger or add a separate inverter and an automatic transfer switch. Your choice based on how much money you want to spend. Remember adding solar panels is only the start of the project. You will probably also need to add more battery storage to support the whole program.

Don and Lorri
2007 Dodge 3500 dually
Resident Dummy.
450Donn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2013, 03:30 PM   #3
Senior Member
jimbo2013's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 1,146
I have 2 6V house batteries now and plan on adding 4 more.

I already have a 55watt converter installed.

I don't want to segregate different outlets, just do all

I guess I need a Inline Transfer Relay switching between shorepower and inverter AC source.
HR Endeavor 38CDS - 330 Cat - Aero Muffler
Miata close behind | 585W solar w/Kid Controller
jimbo2013 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2013, 03:35 PM   #4
Senior Member
docj's Avatar
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 3,238
Most of the inverter/converters installed as original equipment in MHs have built-in transfer switches (in addition to the MH's main transfer switch) that switch the batter bank in or out of the circuit depending on whether you have shore power or generator power available. In our MH almost all of our outlets and light fixtures (120V lighting) go through the inverter and are fed from a 30A breaker in the main circuit breaker panel. The inverter itself has a subpanel following it with two 20A breakers in it.
Sandie & Joel (RVParkReviews admin)
2000 40' Beaver Patriot Thunder Princeton CAT C-12
Follow us at http://www.facebook.com/WeissTravels.net
docj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2013, 03:45 PM   #5
Senior Member
camaraderie's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 332
Yeah...transfer switches are almost always in the big inverter chargers that you'll need...easiest way to understand it is with an install manual...so here is one!


Note the transfer function under section #3.
Cam... Georgetown 280DS 2015
Vespa Lx150 2013 Stella Auto125 2014
camaraderie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2013, 05:02 PM   #6
Senior Member
Rich and Cork's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,020
Saw this video on a quick search. Only the out with the old and in with the new.

Installing a residential refrigerator into a 2010 Bounder 35E Motorhome - YouTube

Have fun.
2001 34' Alpine Coach
2008 Jeep Rubicon or 2012 Ford F150 4x4 Lariat towds
or a couple of different trailers
Retired in Apple Valley, California
Rich and Cork is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2013, 05:22 PM   #7
Senior Member
vsheetz's Avatar

Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: SoCal
Posts: 8,415
Differing ways to do what you want. Will vary due to what you already have and how best to integrate the new items. Attached is write-up with block wiring diagram of my solar and inverter(s) installation.
Attached Files
File Type: pdf VSheetz - Solar Setup for my RV v1.1.pdf (473.7 KB, 38 views)

Vince and Susan
2011 Tiffin Phaeton 40QTH (Cummins ISC/Freightliner)
Flat towing a modified 2005 Jeep (Rubicon Wrangler)
Previously a 2002 Fleetwood Pace Arrow 37A and a 1995 Safari Trek 2830.
vsheetz is offline   Reply With Quote

install, inverter

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:37 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.