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I have a Magnum MSS1012 house inverter/charger/transfer switch. The transfer switch powers the conversion duplex plugs without the house inverter being on. My refrigerator is a 12 volt/120 volt with the 120 volt cord plugged into a duplex plug. The refrigerator automatically runs on 120 volt AC if it is available instead of house battery 12 volts DC. So when the vehicle powered inverter is on, the refrigerator runs on the 120 volt AC power from the vehicle powered inverter.

I admit to being a fan of solar power. My 300 watt panel is my primary method of charging the house battery. The vehicle powered inverter is my backup in case weather conditions force its use. That is a very rare occurrence in my climate.

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Orton, I've got the inverter and I may do what you've done if I don't hear back from the Alternator folks.

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I didn't get the Air Lift moved today, maybe tomorrow. I did get the van stripped down to the reflectix.

I was pulling up the water proof flooring that was crap and discovered a large wet spot in the underlayment. That was right under my water tank so I filled it up and sure enough the lower fitting was leaking.

It's under warranty still and Amazon is giving me a no return refund. Now I'll get one made the way I need it instead of trying to make something work.

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Seems like every time I have a trip coming, I do a big push to work on the van. It's fine for the one trip but then I end up redoing a lot of it. I've "permanently" mounted my back seat twice, and it's a whole day project. I have the ugly rectangular holes in my vinyl flooring to prove it.

But, it's worth it to get it right, even if the project is never done.

So, I'm wondering why the second alternator? My van came with a 150A alternator, I assume that's the base option. Should be plenty of juice available, I've got my 60A owner-output wired to my dual 6v golf cart batteries (235 Ah) and it hasn't blown the fuse while charging and running the inverter-powered dorm fridge simultaneously.

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Seems like every time I have a trip coming, I do a big push to work on the van. It's fine for the one trip but then I end up redoing a lot of it. I've "permanently" mounted my back seat twice, and it's a whole day project. I have the ugly rectangular holes in my vinyl flooring to prove it.

But, it's worth it to get it right, even if the project is never done.

So, I'm wondering why the second alternator? My van came with a 150A alternator, I assume that's the base option. Should be plenty of juice available, I've got my 60A owner-output wired to my dual 6v golf cart batteries (235 Ah) and it hasn't blown the fuse while charging and running the inverter-powered dorm fridge simultaneously.
Yep, that's me too. I'm a little picky when it comes to my batteries. I'm currently mulling over several charge while driving options. The best so far is the second alternator running my current inverter and it running my 60 amp converter charger. That will give me 110v for the fridge and a proper 3 stage charging profile for that batteries. I'll add in some form of isolation so that the inverter switches from batteries to alternator and I'll probably add a line conditioner to keep the alternator output voltage within specs for the inverter. These are relatively small items that I can either buy or design and build myself.

If the second alternator doesn't work out then I may use the customer power point and I may upgrade to the optional larger alternator that ford offers.

Those items will come later in the Redo. The next item is getting the Air Lift 72000 kit installed under the drivers seat. I need to track down 50 feet of air 1/4" OD air line tomorrow. On that note, I now know what the factory empty ride height is so I know how much too lift it when it's loaded. Fine tuning for lift, handling and ride should be a breeze.

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An alternator is not a modification to the engine any more than carrying a load in the back.
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So, I got the Air Lift wireless compressor kit reinstalled. My plan to put it in the battery box didn't pan out. There's just not enough room to allow it to be serviceable. I mounted it to the back of the seat base in that spot that is useless for anything.

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Yep, that's me too. I'm a little picky when it comes to my batteries. I'm currently mulling over several charge while driving options. The best so far is the second alternator running my current inverter and it running my 60 amp converter charger. That will give me 110v for the fridge and a proper 3 stage charging profile for that batteries.
Check out this thread: How to charge new agm house batteries

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Notice the Reflectix. On the walls and ceiling I have R-13 Ultra Touch Denim Insulation behind the Reflectix. The Reflectix has anywhere from a R-3.0 to R-21 rating depending on how it's installed. The Denim is either stuffed or glued with 3M Spray 90 Adhesive. My goal was to get a quasi average R factor of about 15 and at the same time keep condensation levels to a minimum.

One nice thing about a redo is that you get an opportunity to inspect your work after it's been in use. I found no evidence of condensation and am very happy with whatever R factor I managed to achieve. The Denim also seems to have good sound barrier characteristics. Heavy rain on the roof was pleasant and road noise is nothing compared to the van when it was empty.

On the deck, I made a mistake by covering it entirely with the Reflectix. The subfloor was floating on me and it was a pain in rear. I'm not even sure if it's worth putting it on the deck but I have it so why not use it. This time I'll lay it in between the skids and then put my subfloor down. That's today's project..

As a side note, when the sub floor was floating and I was taking measurements or coping, I was sometimes up to 1/4" off. That might not sound like much but a 1/4 on one end can end up being 1" or more on the other.

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