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Posted: 10/01/18 11:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

does anyone know of any companies that might install a inverter. in our class c..my husband said it may be too much of a job for him to do it, and does not know how to tie it in with the generator.. ty

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What size?
Where are you located?
Ask around for an RV service company or an experienced electrician.


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An inverter changes 12vdc to 120 vac. Your generator should put out 120 vac so an inverter should not be required. Perhaps you are thinking of a converter which changes the 120vac to 12vdc???

When you plug into house power do you get 12vdc in your MH? Using your generator should do the same thing.

Am I missing something?


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Since you live in MI I would look for one of the many service companies in and around Elkhart IN. Many of them specialize in electronic and electrical. Upgrades.
When I did mine I went with a 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter and a seperate Automatic Generator Starter. Fairly easy install. Parallels around generator start switch that already should be on RV.
If your DH can do the Inverter install. Then the AGS should be easy.


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Hi snow0700,

If your husband is replacing a broken inverter with a new one, the project should be fairly simple & straight forward. Just be sure to be unplugged from a 110V source as well as disconnecting both your RV and chassis battery. Before disconnecting anything in the area of your old inverter, take lots of pictures of how it is currently wired so you can look back at how the old inverter was hooked up.

My brother and I recently replaced his original converter with a new one of a similar design. The pictures we took helped a lot after we were done and some of his outlets were not working when plugged in. We didn't realize how the GFI circuit breaker is designed to function. A minor ground wiring change (we thought for the better) created the problem. We made it back to his original way and all was fine.

If making electrical changes, I would have it done by an RV professional. As someone mentioned before, you might find a company that does it near by in Elkhart, IN.

* This post was edited 10/02/18 07:18am by ron.dittmer *


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Tied into the generator ??? the genny is already 110 volts


Call an RV service center or independent rv shop near you and talk to them.

If you plan to use an inverter for a tv or sat dish then all you need is a $130.00 150w SAMLEX PSW plug in model. It plugs into any 12v outlet so you won't need to have anyone but YOU to install that. Just plug your tv into it. It might work a CPAP as well.

If you need it for a coffee maker, just use a drip cone filter and boil water to pour into it. Its stovetop..no electric needed.



Inverters are quiet power when you can't use a generator .
They invert 12v battery power from a battery bank to 110v household power. If you use a microwave or coffee maker, it will only work for a short period of time before the appliance working off the inverter depletes a 12v battery .

There is PSW (pure sine wave) power which is clean filtered power just like your home.
There are lower priced MSW (modified sine wave) inverters which are not as clean or filtered causing electrical interference while using them in some digital applications such as tv's and other digital circuits.

Read the below links with pix I think you'll get a better under standing of what to expect.

http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/24154290.cfm

http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/28291240/print/true.cfm

https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/29205631.cfm

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Most TV have a wall brick that converts 120 volt A.C. into 12 v d.c. so if that is what you are going to use the inverter for you can just get a cord to plug the TV into a 12 volt outlet.

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Dusty R wrote:

Most TV have a wall brick that converts 120 volt A.C. into 12 v d.c. so if that is what you are going to use the inverter for you can just get a cord to plug the TV into a 12 volt outlet.
I have seen such TVs but found them to be a rare find, and they are not 12V, but closer to 19V as stated on their power supplies. The TV size cut-off is around 32" for ones having an external power supply. If you want such a TV with enough volume to over-come the noises of a motor home on the road, you'd better have it hooked up to an amp of some sort, for example a 12V sound bar.

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A solar installation company that is familiar with off grid installations should be able to do it. Be careful choosing one as many solar companies only install on grid systems that don't involve batteries and would be very different from an Rv installation.

By the way, I sent you a PM.

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Many of those thumper auto stereo/amp/speaker shops can do it and usually have everything needed (with the exception of the inverter) on the shelf including the ability to make custom parts and do custom modification of the RV on the spot.

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