Originally Posted by tahoe1840
I'm installing an inverter in our fifth wheel. It is a "stand alone" system where I have installed three dedicated outlets strategically placed throughout the coach. My question is where to install the inverter itself. The manufacturer recommends not installing in the battery compartment or any area where flammable gases are present but they also say to install as close to the batteries as possible. Where are most of you installing your inverters in your fifth wheels? Battery compartment, or storage compartment closest to batteries? Thanks
The recommendation to install close to the batteries is ONLY because of conductor (wire) sizing. If installing close to the batteries is problematic, don't fret... as long as you size the conductors properly, you can install the inverter wherever you want. A voltage drop calculator can be used to determine proper conductor size for a given voltage and current.
I would want to install it where heat would be kept to a minimum.
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