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Old 12-04-2007, 11:04 AM   #1
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installing a Xantrex inverter?

what might be involved in putting one of these:
Xantrex Technology Inc. - Home & Office Backup - XPower PowerSource 1800 - Product Information
in my coach somewheres (maybe trunk access)
and wiring it so i can run small a/c appliances during our quickie potty/food breaks on the road...

it would be nice to be able to just plug into the outlets if possible...
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Old 12-04-2007, 11:31 AM   #2
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I installed their Prosine 3.0 unit in our trailer and it works great.
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Old 12-04-2007, 11:42 AM   #3
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now thats an inverter/charger... AOT a converter/charger...
help me out here, electrical systems were never my strong point...
the prosine is running off your coaches batteries, right?
what happens when you're plugged into shore?

do i simply hook the xantrex to my breaker panel, and isolate with a manual switch? so its either xantrex or shore?
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Old 12-04-2007, 11:51 AM   #4
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There are many ways to connect the device but if you connect it into the A/C system it must be isolated or you will destroy it. The DC leads must be as short as possible to avoid excessive voltage drop.
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I think the best way to use an inverter is to install it directly to the downside of the 'total' disconnect switch. this cable should have an overload protection device similar to the Airstream installed fuse for each battery ['hot'] lead closest to the battery boxes. the other cable can be installed directly to the 'black' battery leads that join near the battery boxes. the power to the inverter will only be on when the 'total' disconnect switch is on.
user may then choose to turn the inverter on at the inverter. [some have a remote on/off feature]. next, the safest usage is to install new outlet [s] powered from the inverter outlet at convenient spots throughout your unit.
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Old 12-04-2007, 03:34 PM   #6
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what might be involved in putting one of these:
Xantrex Technology Inc. - Home & Office Backup - XPower PowerSource 1800 - Product Information
in my coach somewheres (maybe trunk access)
and wiring it so i can run small a/c appliances during our quickie potty/food breaks on the road...

it would be nice to be able to just plug into the outlets if possible...
FCJ,

I would NOT install that particular inverter unless you provide a totally separate network of outlets from it, as it is not intended for RV use!

The RV-specific inverters have an internal transfer switch in them that will prevent cross-feeding incoming shore power and inverted AC from your batteries into your AC oultets simultaneously.....a disasterous situation!!!

Look at the Xantrex Pro Series #806-1810... 1800 watt inverter. It has all of the sefety features that you need to connect it directly to your trailer's AC input at the breaker panel. They retail for $460 and have their own monitor panel.

It meets UL 458 certification for use in RVs. I would NOT use just any inverter!!!!!!!!!!!
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FCJ,

I would NOT install that particular inverter unless you provide a totally separate network of outlets from it, as it is not intended for RV use!

The RV-specific inverters have an internal transfer switch in them that will prevent cross-feeding incoming shore power and inverted AC from your batteries into your AC oultets simultaneously.....a disasterous situation!!!

Look at the Xantrex Pro Series #806-1810... 1800 watt inverter. It has all of the sefety features that you need to connect it directly to your trailer's AC input at the breaker panel. They retail for $460 and have their own monitor panel.

It meets UL 458 certification for use in RVs. I would NOT use just any inverter!!!!!!!!!!!
this is what i was looking for... thanks!1
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The Prosine 3 has a transfer switch built-in, I also have 3 other transfer switches for my shore power (30 & 50 amps) and gen prep. I also have 8~Optima group 27 batteries under the sofa.
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8 Optimas? Isn't that close to 600 pounds?
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is it problematic to switch out the converter/charger with a inverter/converter/charger like the prosine?
AFA all appliances wanting to draw on the batteries when not connected to shore? from my owners manual, it looks like a/s offers an inverter option, but it says only the LCD screen and single galley outlet are supplied by inverted a/c power... i'm assuming that would require extra wiring.. not feasible for me to retrofit
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the prosine 3.0 is perfect.. but requires vertical installation... that wont swap out with my parallax 7455...
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what model does airstream use for the 'inverter' option (powers one outlet in galley, and LCD monitor)?
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