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5 Tips on Installing a Power Inverter Solar System in your RV

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5 Tips on Installing a Solar Power Inverter System in your RV

By Mia Clark

When traveling in your RV, it is always important to have the right power supply and connectivity. There are a couple of options which you have when it comes to powering the electronic gadgets inside your RV. One of them is to opt for a power inverter solar system. It will help you utilize renewable clean energy to power the devices in your RV. 

At the same time, the inverter will also protect your electronic gadgets and appliances and prolong their life span. so it is one of the safest ways to power your RV. The 5 tips below will guide you through the steps to properly install a power inverter solar system in your RV.


1. Install the inverter in the right location

The first thing you must keep in mind is that the inverter and batteries should be in close proximity to each other. When they are close, the length of the wire between them is shorter. A shorter length of wire reduces voltage loss which will increase the overall system efficiency.

2. Do not run the power inverter and RV power Converter at the same time

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You have to ensure that the inverter and the converter are not on at the same time. When they are both on at the same time, it can lead to excessive loss of current. If that happens you will not have enough power left to run all the appliances for a long time. So, you have to ensure that the converter is not on when the inverter is on.

3. Install a remote switch

You should install a remote switch for your Inverter.  You need a standard telephone cable to connect the remote switch to the inverter. The remote switch allows you to turn the inverter on and off from a more convenient location without having to use the on and off switch on the inverter.

4. Avoid overloading the system

If too many appliances are turned on at the same time, there will be excessive load on the inverter. A good way to prevent the overloading the system is to have an in-line fuse or in-line circuit breaker between your RV's house battery bank and the inverter. 

This way if you turn on more appliances than the inverter can handle, the fuse or circuit breaker will easily and safely disconnect the inverter from the RV house batteries. Most inverter owner's manuals will explain what size circuit breaker or fuse you need to use for your particular inverter.



5. Use the right capacity batteries

Without the batteries, you cannot rely on a power inverter solar system. You must choose the  right capacity house batteries to use with your particular solar system and inverter.  If you use the wrong capacity batteries your system will be constantly draining the power inverter solar system.

Following these 5 steps will help you properly install a safe and efficient power inverter solar system

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