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Old 03-02-2013, 12:44 PM   #1
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Inverter

I'm installing a new inverter/charger in my early 70's tradewinds. I've been looking around threads but have a few questions to get me pointed in the right direction.

My AC Shoreline entry and fuse box is in the back of the trailer. I am hooking up the inverter in the center of the trailer where move of the DC power heads in.

I have a AC plug in center area that I can use for the AC input of the charger, that seems fine.

The inverter has an AC output. The instructions say I need to hook that up on the input of the AC distribution. This makes sense so I can power the trailer from DC power.

My question does the tradewind typicall have a AC wire going back to the AC fusebox so when I am running off the inverter it can be distributed through the trailer as if it was getting power from the shore?

Thank you in advance.

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Marty
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:22 PM   #2
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No it does not. Inverters were not common for consumers when your trailer was built.

The new Airstreams don't even have this since they only have an optional 600 watt inverter which can only supply a small portion of the AC load, they do have a few separate outlets for AC from the inverter.

What size is the inverter you bought and how do you intend to use it?
That will determine how it should be hooked up, if you have enough battery power and a powerful enough inverter you could run the A/C, though I wouldn't recommend it.

How many circuits does you trailer have?
Some of the older trailers had 2 or 3, 1 of them for the A/C and 1 or 2 for everything else.
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