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Old 07-27-2019, 08:39 AM   #1
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Adding Inverter

After picking up our 2019 21 in May and using it over the last few months I think I may be rethinking my position on the Go Power Inverter. When ordering I felt that I really only needed 110v ac when using the A/C, I am finding a few diffrent times that I would like to use the microwave, but I did not feel like hooking up the Honda generator. So on to the question, has anyone added the Gp SW1500TS inverter to the factory solar setup with the two 6v battery option. Looks like I would need the inverter and small breaker box. I would like to set this up to power all the plugs.
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Old 07-27-2019, 08:57 AM   #2
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I added my own to my 17B. You need to increase the wire size between the batteries & the inverter to at least #4 (I used #0) (Don't forget the jumper wire between the batteries), and include a 200 amp fuse. Many also include a 200 amp switch in the inverter feed.

If you want "Whole House" (all the receptacles) you will need a transfer switch & a 2 circuit breaker box (one for the 120V receptacles & the other for the microwave).
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I ended up adding one, and after searching all over for the best deal, I actually bought the inverter and 2 breaker panel from Reace whose price was better than I could get anywhere else. I did find the transfer switch quite cheap on eBay from someone who bought it but never used it. You could check with Dave in parts to see what the cost would be.
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I would like to set this up to power all the plugs.
I added a small pure-sinewave inverter to our E'21. Don't have a microwave so our largest load is the electric mattress pad plus a bunch of chargers. Since I wanted to power all the plugs I connect the inverter to the 110AC circuit via a Widow Maker. (Probably the most dangerous/stupid way to connect.)

400 Watt inverter, #4 ga wire, dedicated 50 amp fuse.
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I ended up adding one, and after searching all over for the best deal, I actually bought the inverter and 2 breaker panel from Reace whose price was better than I could get anywhere else. I did find the transfer switch quite cheap on eBay from someone who bought it but never used it. You could check with Dave in parts to see what the cost would be.
Just a heads up for those that live in the USA.

The 2 breaker panel Reace uses for the all outlet option meets Canadian electrical code but is non-CTL, does not meet NEC and is not UL rated as well.

Since 1965, electrical breaker boxes have been required to prevent installing more circuit breakers than it was designed for and are rated CTL. Installation of non-CTL panels has been illegal in the US since 1965.

Installing the non-CTL panel from Escape in the US is a violation of the NEC and US law.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circuit_total_limitation
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Old 07-27-2019, 10:52 AM   #6
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looks like you will be moving to Canada...........let us know how that works out....
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Old 07-27-2019, 10:54 AM   #7
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You need to increase the wire size between the batteries & the inverter to at least #4 (I used #0) (Don't forget the jumper wire between the batteries), and include a 200 amp fuse.
Typical installations (including Escape's factory setup) don't upgrade the existing wires to the battery; they add separate heavy-gauge wires for the inverter directly to the battery (leaving the wiring to the power centre alone).
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Thanks for the replies guys! I will check with Dave in Parts on Monday, hopefully ETI just offers a complete kit with all needed parts. Checking with them was a good idea which I really did not consider with the boarder crossing and all. Jim, while Canada is a beautiful place and many are luck to live there, I will stay in the Bluegrass state, "Gateway to the South! We had hoped to attend the Niagara Falls Rally in Sept, however our trip to Maine and its needed two weeks of vacation did not line up with the rally. Maybe next time.
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