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Old 11-30-2019, 07:15 PM   #1
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Inverter Install with Portable Generator and Converter?

So now that the snow is falling, its time to start planning my future upgrades. There is all kinds of information on the internet but I can't find how to tie in an inverter into the system I have.
First off, I installed 4-6 volt batteries and separate "Boondocker Battery Charger" in the front pass through which I disconnected from the WFCO but tied in the Boondocker so that it also feeds power back to the breaker in the WFCO. I used the same breaker as the WFCO charger. This set up works and is awesome. I have a dedicated plug in the front where I connect my portable generator into so I can charge the batteries while camping and a dedicated plug for a hairdryer inside.
So, I would like to add a 2000W inverter to power all my outlets in the trailer. I do not want to run the AC, Water Heater, or the Boondocker Converter through the Inverter. I would like to be able to run power from any plug and also be able to run the refrigerator and maybe the microwave. All other major consumers will be off. I will need to continue to run the generator for initial charging as this will remain the same.
Given my set up, I need some electrical expertise/diagram on how to build this system to work safely. If there is an easier way and cheaper way, that's cool. Oh, I kinda wanted to have power running with or without the generator running. In the case I've got AC devices plugged in...movies or what ever. Thanks in advance you techies.....

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Old 12-01-2019, 12:48 PM   #2
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Good thing you don't want to run the A/C, and hot water heater via the inverter because you can't. Is your refrigerator an "absorption" style frig.? Meaning is it powered by gas and/or electric. If so the electric power requirements are to great for any size battery bank to handle.

If you have A/C you will need to be plugged into shore power or run the generator. Your little portable generator is not going to run your A/C.

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Old 12-05-2019, 08:10 AM   #3
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IMO you need two banks. One bank for lights and normal 12v operation. The other bank for inverter use and just plug in the rv to the inverter. Dont forget to flip the breaker off on the converter. you dont want to use batteries to charge batteries.

I did the same. i use the 12's for house duty. and i use a 48V inverter (more efficient) for 110V supply. I used 8 interstate 6V golf carts all in series to get 48v. be surprised how going up in voltage helps.
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