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Old 05-09-2013, 05:48 PM   #15
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Glad to hear you solved the problem.
IMO you should put the wire nutted wires back where you found them.
It can't be good to leave wires, (especially 120VAC wires), connected with wire nuts dangling.
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:50 PM   #16
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John,
I found that problem also and brought all that rat's nest out to a junction box where
one has some degree of working on it and also made better connections.
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:18 PM   #17
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I would get rid of the wire nuts and use crimp connectors.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:50 PM   #18
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X2 for the crimp connectors and heat shrink or electrical tape too.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I was going to make these external connections more permanent and safe as soon as I had concluded testing everything.

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Old 05-13-2013, 06:33 PM   #20
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I bet the 120V wiring is solid connector wire. The wires in the inverter attaching to external 120V is stranded for a reason. Like boats, our AC wiring should have stranded wiring as opposed to solid conductors. Our vehicles aren't homes--they just move too much. Another common problem is that the wiring doesn't have adequate support. The wiring should have enough fastners, such as tie wraps, to significantly reduce or eliminate movement. Cable restraints must be used as near connections as possible. An AC wire going to an inverter that is just hanging for several inches is just not safe.

Ditto to using crimp connectors over twist connectors.
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I have solid wire in the 458 and the same for the MH.
The major problem is you have 3 sets of connections that require connection
and that does not include the safety grounds in a space that one should not
attempt for a single connection.
Getting these connections pushed back into this small area so you can put the
face plate back on you cause loose connection or soon to be loose.
Finding the right crimp connectors can be a chore as the standard auto ones
will not do much better than the wire nuts.
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I would put a standard electrical box, maybe a 6" box, near the inverter. In the box I would terminate the solid conductor wiring to stranded flexible wiring. The stranded wire would terminate in the inverter with crimp connectors, just like the ones at the auto parts store. Make sure they are properly crimped with a crimp tool. Make sure cable lamps are used on the inverter an 6" box.
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Keep in mind you will be dealing with 10 gauge, 12 gauge, and 14 gauge in the
standard single input dual output.
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