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  • My Toyota Motorhome
    1986 Wanderlust
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    Victoria, BC
  1. I just bought a 1986 Wanderlust from a generally unknowledgeable owner, who hardly used any aspect of the coach and had very little information to impart about its function. This was a bummer, as I haven't owned or operated an RV before and know very little as to the function of the electrical systems and appliances onboard. I've now done a bit of research, but still feeling a little stumped on a few things. Background info: it has 2 deep cycle batteries (which are pooched and I'm replacing), a few solar panels on the roof (45W total) with a Solar Charge Controller, there is also an inverter tucked away in a cupboard beside a big red switch that talks about inverters and backfeeding (see pic). My questions are: 1. When plugging in to the house 120V (or campground), do I need to do anything other than plugging it to get the resulting powering of the coach, and charging of the batteries? 2. I've been reading about converters when plugging into land power. Is this different than the solar charge controller? What does this look like? 3. When wanting to operate my 120V plugs in the coach, while not plugged in to a 120V land source, does the inverter (typically) need to be turned on? Are there other steps that need to happen so that I don't fry my electrical system/die a fiery death of avoidable mishaps? 4. How does "backfeeding" work with RVs? I've read about it when you're plugged into the grid using solar in a residential system, but not with RVs. Thats all for now, but I'm sure your answers will stir up more questions for me. Thank you in advance for all your help.
  2. 12v outlet, USB, voltmeter

    Awesome, thanks! I like magic. This cool USB/Voltmeter device... where would it get wired into the system? I guess, just anywhere along the wiring that is feeding any 12V parts of the RV?
  3. 12v outlet, USB, voltmeter

    Rather than using the standard apple 120V plug to USB for charging a phone, this seems like a great idea. Im curious as to the wattage it pulls in either format. When you plug your phone/tablet into the wall outlet at home, it's getting 120V (i would assume). But I know that a lot of car stereo decks (12V) have a USB plug for connecting and charging your device. Electrically speaking what is happening to allow the different volt systems to charge the same battery? Asking as I have some onboard 120V plugs from an inverter. What would be easiest and least tiresome on my batteries to charge said tablet/phones while not plugged into house electric or using a generator?