Howdy folks! I'm about to dive into re-wiring my newly acquired 1989 SixPac camper. Currently the camper has a 110 input with a two breaker box, a non-charging converter, a few lights, and no battery compartment of it's own, although it will accommodate one in the wheel well. There are a grand total of two fuses, one of which runs the range vent hood, under cabinet light, furnace fan and fridge. The other is a couple of lights alone. As far as I can tell, running lights and camper electrical are sharing a ground.
The camper will be used primarily for boondocking, but usually only for 3-5 days. Once or twice a year there will be longer trips with frequent stays in campgrounds.
The system I am considering is a replacement converter/charger (Boondocker 45amp?), two Grp 27 agm deep cycle batteries, and 200 watts of solar. I'm also adding a Maxxair thermostatically controlled fan.
A couple of questions: First, the current converter doesn't output to the batteries at all, and only powers the camper systems when a converter/battery switch is flipped on the wall. With that set-up, how would a Boondocker feed the batteries? For that matter, is the converter/battery switch just a simple battery disconnect?
Next, would it be cleaner to pull the current AC breaker box and replace both it and the DC fuse block (two fuses) with a small power/converter system?
Finally, waste of money? Should I just keep the old converter, add the batteries and solar and a stand alone smart charger to plug into the camper AC when plugged in?