Installing an inverter in my RV was the most technically challenging of all the upgrades that I completed. The reason is because I had lofty goals. I didn’t want to install an inverter for occasional use of a TV or appliance. If that were the case, then I could have purchased a smaller inverter that was much easier to install; one that simply connected to my battery bank and allowed me to plug appliances directly into the AC outlets provided on the inverter. Instead, I wanted my inverter to be a part of my RV and integrated into the existing AC outlets running through my RV. I also wanted my inverter to include a true 3 stage charger that would charge my battery bank when I was plugged into the grid. Accomplishing this task took many hours of research to ensure that I was using the right inverter, wiring, breakers, etc. Safety was very important to me and I wanted to make sure that I did it right, neat, and clean.
For the average RV install, however, it doesn’t have to be this complicated. In fact, for many RVers, installing and using an inverter is not going to be nearly as complicated as the install that I chose. For most people that just want to use a TV occasionally or want to be able to charge their cell phone, a much smaller inverter with a simpler install will meet the need. It is for reasons like this that it is important to carefully consider how you plan to use an inverter in your RV. Likewise, you have to take your technical abilities into account. Installing an inverter can be as simple as hooking up a couple of large alligator clips to your battery bank and plugging directly into the AC outlets on the inverter or can be as complicated as needing to rewire parts of your RV’s electrical system to completely integrate it. Whichever you choose, you must do your homework and do it right.