I have searched the forums and I either didn't find this specifically addressed or I am simply too stupid to understand what I read. Please bear with me.
Now, my electrical system is mostly stock. The PO had a solar panel installed. I recently changed out the stock batteries and installed two 6 volt T-105's. Everything works just fine, so far.
Issue/Background: When at high altitudes I require an oxygen concentrator, especially when I am sleeping. I also require an electrical device for Sleep Apnea, mine is called a V-PAPIII. Both of these devices must run at the same time while I sleep. The combined amp usage for these two devices is about 6 amps. The stock inverter is rated at 5.2 amps. So, I want to upgrade.
I intend to upgrade the entire system someday, but not right now. For me, it all looks too involved and this is not something I want to screw up.
My dealer is a 9 hour drive from my house and I don't trust or even like the local independent.... so, this is something I need to do on my own.
Why do I even want to mess with this? Well, it's freedom. I desire/require as much freedom and self sufficiency as I can get. I hate restrictions and I will not allow any health issue to win... I find 'workarounds'. I am set up to run my machines when shore power is not available with the use of either of my two Honda EU 2000i generators. However, when at places where it would be rude to run the generators or prohibited, I still require that my machines run.
What I already own: About 3 years ago I bought a new Xantrex XM1800 Pro Series Inverter (see links below). I had planned to install it on my boat. Unfortunately, I suddenly required heart surgery, suffered a stroke during surgery and contracted MRSA. I spent two months of Hell in the hospital and about a year of recovery...... so my plan kinda changed.
Goal: Use the Xantrex as a separate, stand alone system to provide necessary AC from my batteries for a single purpose of operating my two medical machines. I am fine with redundancy and all considered, that redundancy could prove to be beneficial in my case.
Installation: I am lost in the wilderness. My electrical experience amounts to plugging it in and turning it on.... but I am now willing to learn.
I THINK I need to simply come off the batteries with separate cables (size/rating?), routing them into the house and to the Xantrex mounted under the bed with the rest of the electrical gizmos.
**I THINK I should install some kind of inline fuse on that run...type/size?
**Do I need to run these wires to a circuit breaker either before or after the Xantrex?
**What kind/rating circuit breaker should I use?
I intend to mount the remote on a closet wall in the bedroom and the double GFI outlet (wire size?) on the wall below my bed, near the existing circuit breaker.
I should probable ask more questions, but I don't know enough to know what to ask. What else do I need to know and/or buy?
Thank you for any and all help on this..... and thanks for your patience.
My best...... Remembering those that have given so much, so that we may be free.
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Xantrex XM1800 Pro Series Inverter