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Old 02-17-2014, 11:50 AM   #111
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Myron, it looks like you ran a dedicated 4 AWG cable (with inline fuse at the battery end) from inverter positive input to the battery positive terminal, using a bolted splice connection. On the negative side, did you use the original 8 AWG cable from the converter/panel terminal to the battery, sharing it with the converter/panel?
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Old 02-17-2014, 11:52 AM   #112
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Thanks I appreciate that. Now I have begun thinking if and how could this inverter be connected to the converter so the factory 12v. plugs can use it. Hmm.
I don't understand this. How would the 120 VAC produced by the inverter be useful to the 12 VDC outlets?
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Old 02-17-2014, 11:59 AM   #113
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Thanks I appreciate that. Now I have begun thinking if and how could this inverter be connected to the converter so the factory 12v. plugs can use it. Hmm.
LOL you sure know how to keep yourself busy dreaming up jobs on that Escape!
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:17 PM   #114
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On the negative side, did you use the original 8 AWG cable from the converter/panel terminal to the battery, sharing it with the converter/panel?
Correct. Have not replaced any 8 AWG converter wiring. This reminds me, I should replace the short 8awg connecting both 6v batteries with 4awg, right?

The factory 12v cigarette outlets are wired in the walls and back to the converter. If the converter isn't also an inverter, wondering about running them wires direct to the Xantrex.
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:31 PM   #115
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If the converter isn't also an inverter, wondering about running them wires direct to the Xantrex.
Why would you want to do that? The converter performs one function, the inverter another, both separate, mutually exclusive.
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:38 PM   #116
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Will admit I had great pre-surgery anxiety about cutting that opening hole in fact, before tackling it this afternoon I had to stop, go sit down in front of the television and ponder the wisdom of it all. T
I think we all suffer from "analysis paralysis" when it comes to making cuts into something we know can't be undone if we boo-boo. Sometimes I almost hold my breath and take the plunge.

The end result looks good and now I know what mine will look like and how it'll fit as it's one of the first things that I'll do. I've had inverters since they first came out in the early 80s and while I'm not a heavy user, it's nice to have 110 on tap whenever needed. I think I paid about $400 for a 400 watt unit. Nice that they've really come down in price since then.

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Old 02-17-2014, 12:56 PM   #117
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The 12V outlets are fed from the battery, which is recharged by the converter. They always powered - unless you disconnect the batteries.

The inverter is fed from the battery...
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Along this line… I bought a portable Xantrex 1500 inverter that has its own batteries. The batteries have died and it isn't worth the cost of replacing them but the Xantrex 1500 inverter is still good (hardly used.) Any ideas on repurposing this inverter for the Escape? It looks to be a standard inverter, nothing special about it other than it had its own portable battery source. Hate to toss it if usable.
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Old 02-17-2014, 01:24 PM   #119
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Tim, sounds like one of these... Xantrex has a 1500w unit. Power Inverter, Marine Inverter, XPower Inverter

If so it would be feasible but maybe not practical. You'd have to see if you can get the inverter out and in some sort of installible condition. Wouldn't want to mount that whole case in the trailer.
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Whoa, time out. Think this is clear: My inverter (+) goes direct to my battery and it's (-) goes direct to ground (which happens to also be a terminal on the converter back). The converter plays no other role in this scenario other than to act as battery recharger when needed. So Tim I see no reason why you can't employ the same with your 1500, so long as you use at least 4 awg wire like me.

CP and Brian: Hoping I got this right. My thinking was to find them wires running from the cigarette outlets to the Converter power center and divert them to my inverter somehow, so those outlets are thereby instantly "inverted" for AC appliances. I realize this is silly if those plugs only work with 12v. appliances to start with. Sooo...question is, can I find wires to an ac outlet near the bed I can bypass from going to the converter and divert to the inverter?
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