Originally Posted by RVluvin
Sorry everyone for posting bad info from poor memory. I just returned home and have the correct info. I have a Magnum Energy 600 Watt inverter and a 60 Amp 120V power converter. The inverter has + & - leads that run in the direction to the batteries. The Romex wire seems to run to just one outlet that the converter is pluged into. Question: Is it possible that the sole purpose of this inverter is to operate the converter to keep the house batteries charged, or should I have outlets inside somewhere that will provide 120 Volts from the batteries?
OK - That makes much more sense...This isn't such
a bad hash job...but I'm guessing it's just a weak DIY.
For your question...That set-up SHOULD NOT be only to charge the battery - That's using the battery to charge the battery
The inverter "should" power the AC system in your coach...and 600 watts isn't very much...only enough for a TV and some small cell phone or computer chargers.
So, here's the basics: I am assuming that your Shore Power cord directly connects to the AC panel/system, that the inverter is hard-wired to that outlet where the converter is plugged-in and there is also another Romex feed to that AC outlet - yes?
- When you are on shore power, the converter should charge the battery (and power the DC system).
- While not connected to shore power, the Inverter will "BACK-FEED" the AC system of the coach through that outlet.
Now, here's the tricks to this set-up...
You HAVE to be sure that you don't run the converter while using the inverter or it will make that "loop" (mentioned above) that will discharge the batteries.
And, if you are running the inverter...then you plug-in to shore power (or start a gennie) you may
pop your GFI...but that's not a big issue. So, try to remember to turn-off the inverter before plugging-in to shore power.
And you can isolate that whole set-up while on shore power or gennie, by turning off the breaker to that one outlet.
If there is no other Romex feed to that one outlet...then, I have NO IDEA what they were thinking
Best of luck