I've been browsing this website for a while now and fell in love with the idea of owning an Egg. I purchased a 1985 Companion trailer last friday. I'm so excited to start fixing it up. However, the one I bought has zero wiring, zero appliances, and pretty much zero everything else. It was gutted before I bought it haha.
I noticed on the outside of the camper there is a 110 plug to hook up to shore power. That's it... no wiring on the inside.
I decided not to worry about solar
for right now because I prefer to park in the shade. My plan is to run the camper from shore power when in a campground so I can run the a/c. I plan to use a honda generator
when I'm boondocking
to charge the house battery
, but won't be trying to run the a/c from the house battery
I'm going to split my question up into 3 parts. I know just enough about electricty to be dangerous. Here goes!
1. When I wire the 110 plug that I described earlier, can I just wire up several outlets and a switch for interior lights
right from the plug? In essence it would be very similar to a power strip when done, but with actual outlets inside the trailer. I would assume If I draw to much current the breaker I'm plugged into outside would trip, right? Can I do it this way??? Any other suggestions?
2. I would like to have a 2nd plug to the outside. This one would be for my generator
. So it would go like this, Generator
to the smart charger, then battery
, then inverter. Here's where my question is... Every inverter I've seen just has 3 prong outlets on them. I haven't found a way to hardwire them. So basically I would like to run more wiring from the same outlets I will use for shore power, to a plug and then plug it into my inverter. Any thoughts???
3. When plugged into shore power I would assume I would need a switch to cut the circuit so I didn't get flow back to the inverter and battery right??? I think my idea would work, with switches, the problem would be remembering to turn them on and off. Is there something that would do this automatically? I'm assuming I wouldn't need to install a breaker because the inverter should have me covered in that area. Any thoughts???
Thanks to everyone who took the time to read and try and understand the small book I wrote! I would greatly appreciate your thoughts.