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Old 07-15-2017, 09:34 AM   #1
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Inverter install and wiring run help (2001 Excella)

I have looked around for existing threads on this but can't seem to find them.

I am struggling with planning the location/wiring of an inverter for our new-to-us 30' Excella. I like the idea of wiring up all AC outlets to work of the inverter when not connected to shore power but am having a hard time considering all our AC circuits/panel and shore power inlet come into the back of the trailer and all our DC stuff sits in the front of the trailer.

I know the inverter needs to be close to the batteries which are up front.

How have others tackled this situation. I was hoping to not have to remove the panels under the trailer to wire, if possible.

Do you install a new panel ahead of the main AC breakers and run new 30A circuits from the back to the front to feed the inverter and back to the existing panel? Pick a point mid ship (under dinette seat?) and run heavy gauge cabling to the battery up front? Move the entire 12v charging system elsewhere and run new wires to the DC panel up front?

Any advice on location planning and wiring is appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 07-15-2017, 12:17 PM   #2
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Your inverter will not power all of your 120 volt system. If you do what you plan, you need a transfer switch. I have outlets dedicated to my 2000W inverter. I have a separate charger for the batteries. It is easier to move 120 AC Volts than 12 DC Volts. Design closer to 12 volt end.
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Old 07-23-2017, 05:32 PM   #3
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Thanks Zil. What you have done is something I am considering but it is not my first choice. I would prefer to have the flexibility to use any outlet or appliance I choose, within the capacity limits of the system. I specifically did not mention the size of the inverter or battery bank so that we didn't get into a discussion about loads/wire size etc...

I was really hoping others had wired in a whole panel system on these models so I could pick their brain or better yet copy their design and wiring path.
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I am wanting the do the same thing on my 2016 22' Bambi Sport (have all the current outlets work with inverter). I will be putting in a 2000 watt inverter. I will keep following this thread and see if anything comes up. Thanks. Aaron
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