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Old 10-06-2012, 07:19 PM   #1
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Inverter Outlets

I have read other forum threads concerning inverters.

I am unfamiler with RV inverters and don't know what to really expect from them in a RV.

On a 2005 Newmar KSDP is the entire coach wired the the inverter or is only certian applianances and outlets wired to the inverter. There was no manual or instructions on how to use the inverter.

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I'm sure there are other configurations, but the 2000 watt inverters I have seen have the inside wall recepatcles wired through the inverter. The microwave is usually wired through the inside receptacle wiring eventhough the receptacle is in an upper cabinet. Hope this helps a bit.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:30 PM   #3
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Here is some information on inverters that may help you if you were to install new.
With the tables shown you would have to separate the circuits out of your load center and feed to inverter circuits, most likely add another load center off inverter.
Your AC's would stay in the original load center with other heavy current draw items.
There is some added info in the QT's 1 & 2 link.
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:30 AM   #4
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As to the question of which outlets use the inverter. I know on my older '98 DSDP, only half the outlets were hooked up to the inverter did not have a wiring diagram so just went through the coach with the inverter on and no shore power and found out which ones had power. Don't know how your KSDP is wired. Let us know if you figure it out.
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:36 AM   #5
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I have the same MH and if you have the standard 600w inverter, only the front recepticles are connected to operate the TV, DVD, etc, and also the recepticle behind the drivers seat. The one behind the passenger seat, I have never tried.
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:14 PM   #6
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I guess we should have ask if you have the large inverter option on your coach.
If not than Mike has the correct answer.
You can trip the GFI on small inverter to find out what outlets are off it.
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On my former 05KSDP only the front TV,bedroom TV and the outlet in
back of the drivers seat were inverter outlets with the standard 600Watt inverter.
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Same here on our 05 DSDP. Both TV's the outlets for the DVD/switch box/SAT and the outlet behind the driver seat. The passenger seat outlet is not onour 600W inverter.
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Hi

I also have a 2005 Kountry star and I'm pretty sure all my outlets have power when the inverter
Is on.
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I just found this thread and would like to revive it with a question. I do not have an inverter in my 2003 Mtn Aire 3778 gas coach but would like to add one to power the front TV, DVD, and other entertainment items housed in the front overhead. It would also be nice to have the one wall outlet by the passenger seat live too for using a PC, etc. One solution is to run a dedicated separate wire from the inverter and mount a new outlet box in the cabinet over the passenger seat. This would require physically moving the plugs (do it all in one using an outlet strip) from the original outlet to the inverter powered outlet. This will be a PITA since there is very little room in that overhead cabinet as it is now even without another surface mount outlet in there. In fact, it just may not all fit.

As I understand it, that is electrically the most fail safe method.

Although I am not all that well versed in all things electrical, I understand that good inverters have a pass through feature and that I could somehow wire the output of the inverter to the supply line for that existing front overhead cabinet outlet in the panel in the bedroom. Is that correct? From inverter to panel. Then I would not have to swap out any plugs. When on shore power, the outlet would be live with 120 volts passed through the inverter and when not on shore power the outlet would be live with 120 volts supplied from the inverter. The thing I don't understand is how I wire it up correctly.

I have done a search on this before and read all the posts but still don't know how to tackle this specific situation.

Can anyone help?

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Often all the outlets you wish to power (Passenger seat and Main entertainment center) are on the same circuit.. It should be easy to "Cut in" and put an "In-line" type inverter in that line.. For what you want say 300-500 watts TRUE SINE WAVE should do it.

I do strongly recommend a TSW by the way.. Your Entertainment center will thank you.

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I have read other forum threads concerning inverters.

I am unfamiler with RV inverters and don't know what to really expect from them in a RV.

On a 2005 Newmar KSDP is the entire coach wired the the inverter or is only certian applianances and outlets wired to the inverter. There was no manual or instructions on how to use the inverter.

Please advise,
Dwight
My 2003 KSDP has all the 110V outlets connected to the inverter. Microwave and such work driving down the road without generator power.
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The easiest method to determine which outlets and appliances are inverter driven is to remove any 120 VAC power, shore or generator. Then turn the inverter on. Now using a three prong outlet tester or a 120 VAC lamp, plug it in each outlet. If it works you can add that outlet to the list. Also check every appliance, TV's microwave, etc.

You don't need to check the roof-top A/C's they are NOT inverter driven nor is the Splendide Washer/Dryer. The outlet for the Engine Block Heater is also not inverter driven.

They should be two outlets in the rear of your RV fridge, one for the ice maker (inverter driven) and one for the fridge (non-inverter driven). It is that way so when you remove shore power your fridge will switch over to LPG if set on the Auto setting. And the ice maker will continue to make ice providing that you have the inverter turned on.

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Captain Jerry welcome to the forum.
A 600 watt inverter would be placed outside under the passenger seat compartment.
A # 8 stranded wire run to positive post on house battery.
The negative wire #8 off the inverter would be attached to the metal frame of compartment. Also a negative wire off frame of inverter to same frame post.
The 120 off inverter would run into a outlet box in same compartment and a # 14 from outlet near floor at passengers feet under dash would be one of the outlets and the other would be the one feeding your TV & VCR in overhead cabinet passenger side.
My inverter is plugged into same outlet in outside compartment. All #14 wires also.
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