Originally Posted by EddieWouldGo
Thanks for all the replies. The reason I wanted to disconnect the battery charger is because I was considering an inverter, and was thinking of plugging my main power cord into it, so that I have power, ( limited to what the inverter could provide ) at all wall sockets.
In that case, you can rewire your TT's battery charge controller. If you are familiar with working with electricity, then you should be able to handle the task. If not, have a qualified electrician
perform the task
1st Remove your Shore Power cable
. 2nd check your 120VAC breakers to see if you have any spare locations. Mine had 2. I went to HomeDepot and picked up a double 15 amp breaker. (you may want to take an existing breaker to match the manufacture type, mine was a Square D) There is no reason to install a a 30 amp breaker, as all inverters (with out hard wire feature) have 15 amp outlets (2 to 4 of them). I was going to rewire my inverter, but the 15 amp breaker has never popped so it is still 15 amps.
You then need to take the power distribution centers cover off and with the JAYCO wiring diagram isolate the 120VAC wire that feeds the 12VDC charge controller. Remove it off of the 120VAC buss as it is tied into other 120VAC circuits on a breaker.
Connect the wire from the 120 VAC source wire for the charge controller to the new breaker. Double check your wiring and put the panel back on. Turn off the new breakers. Turn on all your interior lights, radio.. and have someone plug in the shore power cable. Next turn on the newly installed breaker and your lights should get brighter. You can also use a volt meter and check the battery voltage.
Like I said, If you are not knowledgeable about working with electricity, have a qualified electrician perform the above task.
You can then test the system by using a volt meter to see if the battery voltage changes when you flip the breaker on and off.
Here is a link to how I set up my TT to connect to the either the inverter or shore power. An auto transfer switch ($65) is available also.
Make sure you use the proper wire to connect your inverter to the batteries, and mount the inverter as close to the batteries as possible.
Just my thoughts,
If you do make this change, when you switch the charge control center off you need to remember to ALSO turn off your Air Conditioner breaker as your inverter will not like trying to run the AC.
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