Originally Posted by GetTheFunky1
i still am clueless as to what parts i need to buy to get the rv components hooked up to shore power and run the general electrical in my bus. if not ill be on here searching through old posts till i find an idea starter
The wood ceiling looks awesome!
Here is a link to a great, thorough, write up that helped me understand how to install my system. the diagrams down near the bottom are invaluable.
RV Electrical Systems
And here is my 2 cents worth....
Marinco makes a water tight 30 amp receiver plug for a 30amp power cord that is quite inexpensive if you don't want water messing with your power.
You need an automatic transfer switch if you are planning on having a generator - to not cross phases with generator and shore power. You could try to use a manual switch system, but who wants risk messing up generator or damaging other components by not remembering to "flip the switch."
You also HAVE TO include circuit breakers for any AC circuits. You need a main circuit breaker for the incoming power and then a separate breaker for each circuit. I used a progressive dynamics AC/DC fuse panel and converter/charger (I just use the converter portion for DC powered items as my xantrex w3000 charges battery bank) just for the AC and DC circuit breaker and fuse board.
There are a lot of combinations you can get when it comes to inverters, chargers, and converters depending on cost/convenience.
I went with an Inverter/charger as I wanted a unit that would be smart enough to set charging parameters and use the helpful features like Automatic generator start and generator support (uses inverter and battery back to "support" generator on heavy loads like when the rooftop A/C starts and pulls 50 amps momentarily) all of these automatic features makes the bus very user friendly and safer in my opinion. I don't have to worry about adjusting things all the time either.