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Old 10-15-2016, 01:25 AM   #41
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If comparing two cables with the same cross-sectional area of copper, the number of strands makes no difference to current-carrying capacity or resistance (for DC or low-frequency power). In a power cable, stranding is only for flexibility, not capacity or resistance.
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Old 10-15-2016, 12:41 PM   #42
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Nothing wrong with using deluxe wire if your credit card can take the strain. The tinning adds an extra barrier to salt water corrosion and extra flex makes for easier handling. But it doesn't have any electrical advantage over cheap wire. So if your wire is inside and protected then you might consider welding wire for flexibility and save some $$$.

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The tinning does add a lot of protection against corrosion on any sort and I think that the larger number of strands also adds conductivity benefits too.
I`ve become a believer in doing it once and paying a bit more for materials. The labour is the same and with greater flexibility , maybe even a bit less.
long term gain for short term pain maybe ?
When doing connectors - the marinco brand are really worth it too and the good heat shrink with adhesive seals everything nicely.

lot of good thoughts here
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Old 10-15-2016, 01:58 PM   #43
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Based on this thread can I assume that if I get the 1500W Inverter option the wiring at the batteries and ground will be heaver gauge than without the option? I have a hard time imagining I will ever need the inverter but two or three years after I get the trailer things may change.

Is there an option to run wire as though there is an inverter but not get one?
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Think it is fair to assume if Escape is doing the install they will use the proper wire gauge.
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Old 10-15-2016, 02:51 PM   #45
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Think it is fair to assume if Escape is doing the install they will use the proper wire gauge.
I agree but is "proper" relative to whether there is an inverter at the initial production of the trailer?
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Guess that depends upon what you think the word "proper" means.
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I installed this Krieger 1500 watt inverter this past summer. Connecting the inverter was particularly easy, especially since they included the proper cables with the inverter. I found the most difficult part of the process modifying the existing 110 trailer wiring to be able to switch the microwave from shore power to inverter power. I had some difficulty finding the correct switch to make the power transfer. I fortunately ran into a helpful electrician at the parts counter of our electrical supply company.
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I installed this Krieger 1500 watt inverter this past summer. Connecting the inverter was particularly easy, especially since they included the proper cables with the inverter. I found the most difficult part of the process modifying the existing 110 trailer wiring to be able to switch the microwave from shore power to inverter power. I had some difficulty finding the correct switch to make the power transfer. I fortunately ran into a helpful electrician at the parts counter of our electrical supply company.
I agree, it's not particularly difficult to retro-fit an inverter at a later date. For a person that doesn't really think they need one at this time adding one later isn't a biggie.

I used a DPDT switch as a transfer switch. Works well for our occasional m/w use.

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Well now I have to admit I am confused by this power toggle switch addition, Ron. My Xantrex doesn't need one (?) because it's wired into the WFCO and, has an on/off switch right on the inverter face. That's not how they all work??
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Paul, what did you get for a switch.
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