How to Install An Inverter in Your RV
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, having power in your RV is usually a good approach to make it feel more like “home”, and this is usually where an inverter comes into play. A vital electrical device, an inverter will convert the DC battery power to AC power, allowing you to keep your appliances running during your stay in the wild or work trips.
Setting up a power inverter within your RV is usually a pretty easy process that you can do by yourself.
In this article, we shall give you the exact steps of installing a new power inverter in your RV.
1. Select A Location to Install The Inverter
Before everything else, you will need to determine a perfect area to install your RV inverter. Ideally, the location of the inverter should be where the potential for accidental damage is minimized. For example, nothing flammable should be in the vicinity and there should be free circulation of air around the device.
For optimal performance, the inverter should be as close as possible to the battery pack. It’ll help reduce the voltage loss.
2. Mounting The Inverter
Once you have identified the perfect location for installation, fix the inverter to a secure spot. This step is to protect the delicate electronic components in the inverter against unnecessary concussion.
That’s why the manufacturer sends the device to you with pre-drilled holes to help you easily fasten it in place to ensure that it doesn’t fall or feel shaky as you move around. We recommend that you follow the manufacture’s manual with regards to the fastening points.
Now, this is the step where you do the wiring of your new inverter so that it can start supplying power to your existing RV outlets to power your appliances.
You’ll need to wire your unit directly to the battery it’ll be drawing power from. Whatever you do during the installation, more particularly wiring, it’s crucial that you follow the instructions in the inverter manual concerning wire size and circuit protection.
Besides, you’d also need to ground your inverter in this step. This is as simple as connecting our ground cable to a bolt driven in your vehicle chassis rail (near the inverter) or any other excellent ground connection.
The key to a successful installation is doing your homework and understanding both your inverter and the RV.
And as mentioned earlier, power inverters differ significantly and the surest way of getting it right the first time is by observing the procedure given in your owner’s manual.