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Old 04-23-2018, 09:04 AM   #1
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Iota inverter in 2008 Jayfeather

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We just bought our first camper, a used 2008 Jayfeather, which had been set up for solar by the previous owners. We hooked everything up to our solar panel and all went well except that we cannot use the outlets or the microwave.

There is an Iota IDP 30-4 distribution panel installed but I am finding that these were discontinued and that it is nearly impossible to find manuals or tech info on them.

1st question: Could I be missing something simple with regard to getting it to work the 120 stuff? If so, what?

2: If I upgrade/replace with new, should the connections be the same or will we need to rewire? and, what should we upgrade to?

3: If we replace, will we need to add anything else to the system? We have a solar controller and a Trimax 2020 and its 30 Amp.

Thank you in advance!!
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Old 04-23-2018, 09:18 AM   #2
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Here. I'm a little confused by your question, that is only a distribution panel not an Inverter.
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Ok...I know nothing about this stuff lol. The place where we purchased the camper told us that it was the inverter. Should the inverter be wired close to this panel? We haven't pulled it out so not sure if its behind it. We were just hoping to be able to use 120 while boondocking. Not sure what we need to make it work.

and it a Trimetric 2020, not Trimax
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Not necessarily, the inverter is sometimes put close to the battery. If it has a "hidden" inverter there should be a remote on/off switch on the wall someplace.
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Ok. Thank you.
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Old 04-23-2018, 09:59 AM   #6
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The distribution panels are for your 120VAC and 12VDC items installed in your unit...

Not real sure what a 2008 JAYFEATHER is. Could be anything from a POPUP to a Travel Trailer... Need to provide what Model you have...

Here is a typical 30A Trailer setup. Of course POPUP trailer have less items installed



As you can see this all requires Shore Power 120VAC to run most of the Appliances and Air Conditioner and then most of the lighting and other items is all 12VDC either run by a Converter/Charger unit like the IOTA when you are plugged into Shore Power mdl you mentioned or from an installed Battery....

If you are running just from your battery none of your 120VAC Items will work unless you provide an optional POWER INVERTER device which will pull alot of power from your battery.

Everyone on here will need more info to give you good answers on what to expect.

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Yea, I'm with Roy and I also think, by what you have described, you do not have an inverter at all and therefore cannot run any outlets off of your battery. Running a microwave off batteries is another subject altogether.
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Thank you for responding!!
The Jayfeather is a hybrid...EXP 26L

We really just want to be able to plug in our cell phones, coffee maker and maybe a laptop. We donít mind if the microwave doesnít work.
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OK. I pulled everything out and checked...no inverter. The previous owner must have removed it or never had one.

After the inverter is connected to the battery, can it be wired to the distribution panel to ren the outlets? If so, how would that be done?
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Hello,
We have been researching our options with regard to installing an inverter. We found where someone had installed a 30 Amp receptacle and a relay switch with a 10 Amp, 120 vac coil NC between the converter and inverter. Our batteries are in a box on the tongue and we have a storage compartment close to the battery where we would like to place the inverter. The converter is under the refridgerator, about 10-12 feet away. What would be the best way to run the wiring from the inverter to the converter?
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