This has probably been answered before, so it should be easy...
I'm looking for advise on the cheapest, most effective way to wire things. We're going to be traveling for 6-8 hours at a time, then be connected to shore power for 24-48 hours, then another 6-8 hours of road time. I'm going to run the majority of my bus on DC power: DC TV, radio, 3-way fridge, etc since we'll be on the road most of the time.
When we're on shore power, I eventually hope to have a roof mount AC unit and microwave. Other than that, I think a small inverter would run our AC power...laptops and things of that nature.
My thought is this: I'd really like to not mess with the factory systems of my bus, unless needed. If I had a charger/converter connected to a battery bank, then ran all my house wiring, would that work ok? Could I charge my battery bank via an isolator while running down the road and when plugged into shore power, charge them that way? What size of a converter would I need? I've found some decent ones for $130-ish (30-45 amps). Is a converter what I think it is: it takes AC power and converts it to DC power? Then does it act like a "fuse box" in a car and I run my systems from there?
Thanks in advance.