Newbie inverter question for 1999 Diplomat
I recently bought a 1999 Monaco Diplomat and have been slowly learning about it and fixing it up. It came with a Xantrex 458 Freedom inverter, but neither the input nor the output had any wiring to it. However, the batteries were connected to the 12v inputs
On my Diplomat, the shore power comes in drivers side, rear compartment. The Xantrex was passenger side rear compartment and the batteries are passenger side, second to rear compartment. In the inverter compartment there are 2 breaker-protected outlets.
I have wired the inverter with 2x110v plugs, one on the input and one on the output. When shore power is applied, the 2 outlets have 110v on them from the shore power. So I can plug the input to the inverter to the outlet and charge the batteries.
But if shore power isnít applied and I want to use the invert function of the inverter I have to plug the output of the inverter to the sockets and this powers the RV.
This is enormously error prone and potentially disastrous. If I accidentally leave the output of the inverter plugged into the socket and apply shore power, I will blow up my inverter. The manual shows the inverter being permanently connected to a shore power / generator power input and the output being connected to the RV, but I donít seem to be able to do that. There doesnít seem to be a shore power input into the compartment with the inverter or an easy way of getting it there.
What have other people done with this sort of setup? My way seems very wrong to me and it would be great to hear how this should be done properly.