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Old 12-23-2015, 08:08 AM   #15
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Do you plan on running your power cord all the way from the rear of your RV down the side and to your truck? LOL
Do you have Generator prep? That would be easiest way to connect.
Most 5th wheels do not have a transfer switch if they have not already had a generator installed. You also need a power management system. All they come with is a charger/converter I believe. You won't have enough power in your battery bank to power A/C units.
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I think he intends to run his AC off the genset on his truck.

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There's no way to plug the A/C unit directly into the generator unless it's a "window shaker".
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There's no way to plug the A/C unit directly into the generator unless it's a "window shaker".
He seem to have handled that problem. If not he may post again.

He is only asking about 2 charging sources to the 12 volt battery system.
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That's not what I meant. I meant, even if he had an inverter, there is not way to have enough battery bank to run it. I wasn't disagreeing. I think you are right that the best way would be through a genset prep, if the OP had one. Running the shoreline and an extension or two seems like it would be pretty dicey.

All-in-all, though I don't think any damage would be done to components, the actual execution might prove to be a challenge. Degree of difficulty would depend on the location of the distribution panel for the circuit breakers. If it was easily accessible through the front bay, an automatic transfer switch would make the neatest install I think, though the switching could be done manually.

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Do you plan on running your power cord all the way from the rear of your RV down the side and to your truck? LOL
Do you have Generator prep? That would be easiest way to connect.
Most 5th wheels do not have a transfer switch if they have not already had a generator installed. You also need a power management system. All they come with is a charger/converter I believe. You won't have enough power in your battery bank to power A/C units.
Good question. No gen prep. I was going to tie in to my wiring from rear plug in to breaker panel and run a cable and receptacle to the front storage. That way I could plug in power from front or rear. Don't really need a transfer switch as I will never power from both plugs.
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The danger in that is that there is a chance of getting shocked by the front plug, while powered by the rear.

A manual or auto transfer switch is the safe way to do it.
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Good point, that shoreline end will be "hot" when plugged into the genset given it will be "backfed" by the genset. I guess it would depend on how the shoreline will be tied into. If right at the plug it would be fine as it would be just like RVs of olden days when we changed the plug between pedestal and generator receptacles.

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To answer the question about the battery charging.... nothing to worry about. My question would be... Why would you do that?... "Inquiring minds need to know"
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This what the OP said in his opening post

"This thread refers to non factory installed generators. I would like to run down the road with my generator (in bed of truck) running to keep RV cool."
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This what the OP said in his opening post

"This thread refers to non factory installed generators. I would like to run down the road with my generator (in bed of truck) running to keep RV cool."
I know what he wants to do. LOL. I just don't know why.
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Oh, man, I bet we could ask that question in a lot of posts. It's kind of like why does one person choose one model while another chooses something else. I know a lot of times I just scratch my head. One of life's many mysteries.

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I know what he wants to do. LOL. I just don't know why.
When towing on 95+ degree days the interior of the trailer can exceed 120. It takes significant time to cool the interior after setting up. If the AC could operate while in transit the cooling time after setup would be reduced or eliminated.
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Well sure, many MHs owners run their generators going down the road for the same reason.
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