Just got our 2011 Solera back from the shop where we had them install a 155W Solar panel and 600W inverter.
Next weekend it is time for Camping along at the central california pacific coast and check if the Solar Panel is working as expected (read no more generator needed).
However what struck me was the Inverter installation (WFCO 600W Inverter). This is the same one that was available as an option from Forest River. Since our 2011 did come with a TV that is 110V powered and we plan to add Satellite later on we decided to not change towards a 12V TV but install an Inverter as there is no Satelite receiver that can be powered by 12V.....
The plan was to power just the socket that is needed for TV (and future Saltelite receiver) operation from the Inverter. The shop installed the inverter by using the correct breaker but could not get the setup to work as planned (or as I wanted - depending on your viewpoint). What they found is that the following items (could be more) are powered from that same 15A breaker:
- fridge (when running on 120V)
- all non GFCI outlets
So in order for us to correctly just run the TV in a descent setup we have to switch the 12V power off, start the inverter and don't forget to turn off the right breaker - unless we stip all wiring and rewire the RV. Not what I had expected.... there are a total of 8 breakers - why they have to use all of those items on one of them I don'tknow. All this due to the fact that the converter/charger is on the same breaker
A suggestion to Forest River (bclemems
) - improve the wiring on the RV so that not all those items are consolidated on a breaker. At a minimum keep the converter/charger separate from everything else and thus making it very difficult to install (and use) an inverter to power some selected items.
Maybe there would have been a way to splice into the wiring at a different point to get our result but it certainly is not an easy attempt....