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Old 03-12-2016, 12:18 PM   #1
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Solar Kit Question ~ Suggestions Needed

I have been given the opportunity to install a 200W solar kit for our RV. I am only slightly educated on my current electronic devices. I believe these devices (Attached Photos) are used to transform power from the generator/30amp plug power into storable power for my house batteries, correct?

I am considering purchasing this 1000W inverter from Renogy for our in house needs. We will use this to charge our electronics, nothing major.
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Can this inverter be used to allow power to be supplied to my RV outlets? Will the inverter need to be installed in my power bay and a power strip be ran into the coach? Thanks everyone!

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I am GREEN when it comes to this (somebody more knowledgeable will come here soon I bet!), but I've been doing the same thing lately (extensively)......research!

You didn't say what kind of rig you have? How many batteries for storage? What kind are they? What is you energy consumption per day? Etc. MANY variables.

In my case,....I am installing 800W solar, I have 2500W inverter (which can be installed anywhere in your case BTW, taking in account cable length/gauge), four wet 6V batteries @ 232AH each. Two and two are in paralel, and two paralel banks in serial connection. I also have Isuzu 10KW diesel genset.

Wet batteries SHOULD NOT be discharged lower than 50%, which gives me ONLY 230AH at 12V. MY inverter will power all outlets, but my energy demand is greater than my capability. So,......I'm installing four extra batteries (same rating) which will double my AH per day (I'll have 450AH or so). My solar bank will recharge these fairly easy, but I'll still have to run the genset for couple of hours each day (unless driving, which I do a LOT). I boondock exclusively (never stay in campgrounds), and plug in at my friends/family when I'm visiting.

Provide more info, and I'm sure someone will have a straight answer for you.

Good luck.
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Your top picture is a transfer switch which switches the AC power in the RV between Shore Power and Generator. The second picture is a converter which does charge your batteries on Shore Power and powers the 12 VDC devices while on Shore Power.

The inverter should be mounted as close as possible to the batteries, 4' or less is optimum. Yes you can power all the receptacles in the coach, but you will want to make sure you have the converter switched off and the refrigerator on propane.
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I am GREEN when it comes to this (somebody more knowledgeable will come here soon I bet!), but I've been doing the same thing lately (extensively)......research!

You didn't say what kind of rig you have? How many batteries for storage? What kind are they? What is you energy consumption per day? Etc. MANY variables.

In my case,....I am installing 800W solar, I have 2500W inverter (which can be installed anywhere in your case BTW, taking in account cable length/gauge), four wet 6V batteries @ 232AH each. Two and two are in paralel, and two paralel banks in serial connection. I also have Isuzu 10KW diesel genset.

Wet batteries SHOULD NOT be discharged lower than 50%, which gives me ONLY 230AH at 12V. MY inverter will power all outlets, but my energy demand is greater than my capability. So,......I'm installing four extra batteries (same rating) which will double my AH per day (I'll have 450AH or so). My solar bank will recharge these fairly easy, but I'll still have to run the genset for couple of hours each day (unless driving, which I do a LOT). I boondock exclusively (never stay in campgrounds), and plug in at my friends/family when I'm visiting.

Provide more info, and I'm sure someone will have a straight answer for you.

Good luck.
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Apparently they are 6v golf cart batteries...I have never really looked into them as they have performed very well of us.
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Your top picture is a transfer switch which switches the AC power in the RV between Shore Power and Generator. The second picture is a converter which does charge your batteries on Shore Power and powers the 12 VDC devices while on Shore Power.

The inverter should be mounted as close as possible to the batteries, 4' or less is optimum. Yes you can power all the receptacles in the coach, but you will want to make sure you have the converter switched off and the refrigerator on propane.
Thanks John. Just for my education, can you please explain why we need to turn the converter off? If we forget to do this will it cause some major problems? Thanks!

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If you run the converter from the inverter, it will try to charge the batteries that are running the inverter.

That's a loop that will run down the batteries very fast.

Kind of like chasing your tail.

The simple way is what you suggested, run a power strip from the inverter.
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If you run the converter from the inverter, it will try to charge the batteries that are running the inverter.

That's a loop that will run down the batteries very fast.

Kind of like chasing your tail.

The simple way is what you suggested, run a power strip from the inverter.
Got it, thanks for that!
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