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Old 01-11-2018, 06:21 PM   #1
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Breaker box brand

I need a breaker box for my upcoming AC power installation. What brands/types have people used? Did you just get a generic box or something suited for RVs?
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Old 01-11-2018, 06:43 PM   #2
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Try Square D.
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AC and DC in one(one i use)

PD5000 30 Amp AC/DC Power Control Panel

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PD55B000 50 Amp AC Distribution Panel

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http://www.bestconverter.com/PD6000-...l#.WlgI166nG00

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I want to use Carling Type C breakers because they're small and available in both AC and DC versions - I could buy the Blue Sea or Paneltronics panels but they're pricy and don't do what I want, so I'm going to make my own panel from scratch. It will also have my two solar charge controllers' remote panels, the two battery monitors, the inverters' remote panels, the generator's emergency kill switch, and the AC and DC voltmeters, along with ten or a dozen breakers each for AC and DC loads. This way I'll have everything in one place and easily accessible. Sure, it's more work than just buying Square-D QO breaker boxes, but I also want it to look good. I'll make each section from 6" x 12" 6061 aluminum, all individually hinged for easy access, and each section can be moved if I have to expand the panel later. Should be good!

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I want to use Carling Type C breakers because they're small and available in both AC and DC versions - I could buy the Blue Sea or Paneltronics panels but they're pricy and don't do what I want, so I'm going to make my own panel from scratch. It will also have my two solar charge controllers' remote panels, the two battery monitors, the inverters' remote panels, the generator's emergency kill switch, and the AC and DC voltmeters, along with ten or a dozen breakers each for AC and DC loads. This way I'll have everything in one place and easily accessible. Sure, it's more work than just buying Square-D QO breaker boxes, but I also want it to look good. I'll make each section from 6" x 12" 6061 aluminum, all individually hinged for easy access, and each section can be moved if I have to expand the panel later. Should be good!

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It's Great !!!, says Tony Tiger.

Looking forward to seeing your wiring setup. Those panels are slick, but $500 is steep.

It might be a good excuse for you to get laser for etching labels.

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For AC wiring, I went with Square D from Lowes mostly because it was about the smallest "house style" breaker box I could find. Whatever you pick, check the price of the breakers. I don't know that there is a difference but I was a little shocked by that.

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Old 01-12-2018, 07:51 AM   #7
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Whatever you pick, check the price of the breakers. I don't know that there is a difference but I was a little shocked by that.
Shocked, were you, JD?

It's the ink jet pricing model: printer is nearly free, ink $100
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Shocked, were you, JD?

It's the ink jet pricing model: printer is nearly free, ink $100
HA!! I made a funny!!

You are exactly right Rusty - same pricing model!!
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Thanks for the suggestions, folks!
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Defjr333 - I just bought the same AC/DC fuse box you use, but was surprised there are no dc switches, just area for fuses. Now stupid question, but can I use a regular AC type light switch and not wire ground or do I have to buy special dc switches? As you have already done this, I presume the hot from the 30 amp plug in goes to the 30 amp breaker, and the ground to the ground bus and neutral to the neutral bus? Then repeat for each 15 amp fuse? Just wonder because that would make the attachment on the 30 amp breaker incoming AC and for the 15 amp breakers would make it outgoing? I just keep researching this to realize I don't really understand it yet. Thanks
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