My wife and I recently purchased a 1997 Coachmen Mirada. I plan to install the following:
2 Renogy 100w solar panels,
a 40 amp Renogy Rover solar charge controller,
2 100 ah 12 volt Renogy gel deep cycle batteries, which will be wired in parallel.
I have purchased a Renogy 2000 w pure sine converter, but I am not certain that I will install it.
I have already removed the original house battery and replaced it with the two gel batteries. My questions are probably stupid, but here we go:
My understanding is that the controller will be connected to the new battery bank and the panels get connected to the charge controller. I plan to add a fuse between the solar charge controller and the battery bank.
(1) Am I correct that the wires from the existing 12 v power center (that were originally connected to the house battery) should be connected to the new battery bank?
(2) Will I still be able to plug into shore power when needed to run the AC?
(3) I assume that the original 12 v system (as built by Coachmen) has an automatic transfer switch for when the RV is connected to shore power. If I connect to shore power, will that transfer switch cause my battery bank to be recharged? (I don't think that I will need that capability, but I am just curious about whether I am thinking of how the pieces fit together correctly. Does that sound right?
Any insight would be appreciated.