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Old 08-30-2009, 11:32 PM   #1
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Anybody have ANY info on an inverter that I might add to a 2003 26' LY? I'm fairly "handy", so if anyone has specific info that may help me install it on this MH, I'd really appreciate it, as well. Cost? Best brand? Good place to connect and mount? Remote switch somewhere convenient?

Ahhh...some assumptions....And you know what they say about *assumptions*! What I'd like to do is run the TV and satellite while boondocking. I certainly don't want to jeopardize the proper operation of the LY ("Bud") for some lousy TV programs. So I don't expect to run the AC, microwave, hair dryer, etc. on the inverter power. But I wonder: Does the connection from the batteries thru the inverter service all of the 110 plugs? Or do you need to be specific as to *which ones* you connect?

Again, in order to keep the peace, I'd like to help the Boss watch some trashy reality shows, the Food Network, and Home and Garden Channel....(BTW, when she watches HGC, I have to wait a month to come home or she'll want to put crown molding in the garage)...I like to boondock and watch the sky. Without cranking up the generator....

So, if there's any help out there...Thanks!
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Old 08-30-2009, 11:45 PM   #2
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Don't know how it would work if you are installing an after market inverter, but the factory inverter in our 06 Bambi puts power to a separate set of outlets...there are 110 outlets and there are inverter outlets and they do not mix...don't know if this is a wiring requirement or just the way Airstream did it. This may be a function of the fact that the inverter is limited to a maximum wattage load, while not the case with regular 110...(within reason, that is). Our inverter is 600 watts... plenty to run TV, DVD, charge phone, run the computer, etc...no high-load items. If I were installing it after market I'd want more watts. Of course, the more watts you produce/use the more drain it will be on your batteries. (Check the appliances you want to use...there's a plate or label on them showing what wattage they require.)
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Old 08-30-2009, 11:51 PM   #3
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Inverter

If all that you want to do is power your television and satellite receiver, have you considered a portable inverter. I carry one of these for use in my towcar for a laptop computer with GPS system, then utilize it in my coach for the purpose that you describe. I purchased mine from Radio Shack more than five years ago, and it has been superbly reliable. The model that I purchased is still available but at half the price that it was then -- it can be found at this link.

Just a thought for a less costly alternative.

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P.S.: I have a permanently mounted inverter in my Overlander, and I find this portable to be more useful under most conditions.
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:44 AM   #4
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If all that you want to do is power your t
P.S.: I have a permanently mounted inverter in my Overlander, and I find this portable to be more useful under most conditions.
Thanks much, Kevin and TB.

Because the TV system has five elements of hardware (2 TV's, the satellite antenna, a "selection box", and the satellite receiver itself), most with plugs at spread out in various places, I thought that "plumbing" an inverter into the system where it would run off the batteries on demand when no shore power was connected would be the ticket.

Otherwise, if the reasonable portable inverter alternative you mentioned would be used, I guess I'd have to dig out each plug individually and plug into the inverter (after counting up the "run" load and start-up loads). Or, use separate inverters with the proper output for each. Then, if/when using shore power (or the generator), I'd have to re-plug into the existing 110 outlets.That seems like more of a connection nightmare than I'm willing to face.

Maybe flowers for the Boss rather than giving her TV while boondocking?

What the hell do I know? After 37 years of marital bliss (on 9/2/09) and raising three daughters, I still know less about the fairer gender generally, and my woman specificaly, than I'd care to admit.

Thanks for educating me on this. (The electrical portion of my dilemma)
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Old 09-07-2009, 12:12 PM   #5
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Back on the inverter track.

So, I've been researching the inverter stuff and find many available that will work. I added up the wattage requirement of the "stuff" that The Boss uses...Amazing what goes into a woman's hair. I don't have any hair, so it's hard to understand. But she "needs" electricity. And I *want* to boondock. With her!!! And I'd like to be "self contained" do it in an area and in a way that doesn't disrupt people or plants or animals.....You know, the generator at 6:00 am....

So, the inverter seems to be the best way to go.

I can't seem to find any specific wiring diagrams that would show me how to "plug" an inverter into the system, or any info on the 8.1 chassis for a 26 footer that would help me decide on placement, if I should use (or *can* use) additional batteries, and the ever-loving wiring set up required.

I want to put the inverter in the coach so I can use specific appliances up to the limits of the wattage the inverter would provide. And I really need to do this without digging for plugs (like the TV plug behind the dash), or asking The Boss to curl her hair up sitting in the driver's seat, next to the 12v outlet.

If anybody has more info on an install, or knows someone I could call to discuss it with, I'd REALLY appreciate it.

Thanks.
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Old 09-07-2009, 08:49 PM   #6
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I have a 1995 35' LY Pusher that offered an Inverter as an option. Ours did not come with an Inverter as built at the factory. Under the hood in front, there is an electrical box marked "Inverter Interface". I researched in my electrical wiring diagrams in the owners manual and found that all of the coaches came pre wired for an inverter regardless if the option was ordered.

I bought a 2000w Xantrex Freedom Inverter and a remote display off of Ebay and scrounged from an electrician friend of mine who had recently replaced all of the batteries off of a cell site UPS. We took 4 that had recently been replaced and mounted them in the "nose" of the LY in front of the driver (coach batteries are on the passanger side.

I opened the silver interface box and found two circuits that run from the breaker panel in the coach. I hooked up the inverter inline and sealed up the box.

Works flawlessly and was VERY easy to install. Hardest part was securing the batts to the deck. The power is fed from two breakers in the coach AC panel. One is a 20 amp and the other a 15amp GFCI. The 20 amp feeds the microwave and the GFCI feeds most of the outlets in the coach (no lights). After the install, both circuits come from the coach AC panel to the inverter than out to the outlets/microwave. You can set the inverter to produce 110V whn it loses power or manually. The remote panel lets you know the status of the batteries and the load.

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Old 09-16-2009, 09:10 PM   #7
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I'm not sure how far away your batteries are from where you watch TV but you could wire a 2000 watt inverter to the batteries, say within 3 to 4 feet with heavy battery cable, and then run a power strip from the inverter to your TV area. That is what I plan on doing with my '86 Sovereign 25'. I will move the single battery out of the front curbside battery compartment and have a deep box built between the frame rails. I would then add two 12 volt Trojan batteries to the box. I'd run heavy battery cables from the box to under the front couch where the inverter would be mounted. I'd then run a heavy duty power strip from under the couch arm and up onto the credenza opposite the trailer door. Maybe this will give you some ideas.
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:25 PM   #8
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checkout Northern Arizona Wind and Solar site.They have a lot of information on inverters,solar panels controllers etc. They sell all the above and also have a forum where you can ask questions.
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:54 PM   #9
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The inverter cannot be connected to the 110 wiring of the AS at the same time as shore power or a generator. That is why Airstream used separate outlets for the inverter. You could use a transfer switch or use an inverter with a built in transfer switch. These two are from inverters are us. Just don't get the inverter with transfer switch from AIMS power it is junk! Rapid Mobile 3 Way Automatic Transfer Switch $199.00Part Number: PWR3AXFER30 For reliable, safe power at all times, The Automatic Rapid 3 Way Automatic Transfer Switch is your ideal solution. Like other automatic transfer switches, this device provides for seamless, immediate transfer of electrical power between an AC outlet and a backup generator. But, the Automatic Rapid 3 Way Automatic Transfer Switch takes it one step further with its digital operated software that ...
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I did the same as Batwingz. I wanted the inverter inside the coach and used the hole from the old analog TV to mount it. I used 2/0 cables and 300A fuse from Arizona Wind and Power and wired to the GFCI line only and did no include the Microwave circuit. System runs off two Lifeline AGM group 4 batteries under the bonnet. All the power that is required. The only caution is to make sure the grounds are good and when using the inverter, change the refer over to gas or it will hog the ac power. See pictures in old front TV removal thread. I'd post them again, but on the road in Baltimore and only have travel laptop.
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Google "butane curling iron" just to help on some of the problem. They are cheap and don't care where you use them.
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Old 09-21-2009, 01:51 PM   #12
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Thanks to All

Looks like the curling iron draws less then I thought. The hair dryer pulls 1400W. The boss is willing to do whatever it takes to make it work...Like anything to keep me from spending the dough on an inverter and more batteries, etc. Claims I'm a "Gadget Guy".

I don't argue that point. But she'll thank me when I get the set-up set up! And what the heck? I'm taking the dough out of my own stash (37 years ago we separated the $$$$...People laugh at the way we work it. Some of those that laughed aren't married any more).

I'm fighting with the correct way to do this. Looking for a good space for the batteries. Counting batteries. parallel...series hook ups. Charging. And the inverter. I've settled on pure sine because of the computer. And I'm scouring e-bay for a 2000w inverter. Maybe with an internal "power sharing" switch and a charger. I'm not really "confused" more than I haven't decided. And not well educated. I haven't had quite enough of your advice.

I DO KNOW that I want to get at least 2000w, continuous of pure sine. I think I want to go with 12v using 4 6v; 2 in parallel and 2 in series. But I'm not sure about any of it (except my use level) until I hear some more of your experiences.
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one of these would make you both very happy.

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Google "butane curling iron" just to help on some of the problem. They are cheap and don't care where you use them.
That is pretty cool. I had no idea they made something like that. Now if someone would come up with a butane Chi.
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