3. Installation: Can fleets install an inverter?
“Generally speaking, yes,” says Carlson. “Most technicians will have no problem handling installation, and Meind does offer fleet training programs to our customers. We certainly would recommend our training program if there are any questions on installation.
“But, just remember, you’re working with electricity and electricity can bite if you’re not careful. It’s our recommendation that inverters over 300 watts feature hard-wiring and fusing.”
Carlson says there is a bevy of things to consider when installing an inverter, starting with ‘where it should go’ and making sure there is adequate ventilation to allow heat to dissipate.
“And you have to be cognizant of wire sizing and the distance between the inverter and plug-ins which can be put in the sleeper; plus the distance between the battery and inverter. There’s a lot to consider.”
According to Carlson, most fleets want the convenience of a factory-installed and warranted inverter.
“We really recommend either an OEM install when you purchase a new truck, or have the installation done by an authorized dealer,” says Carlson. “The OEMs have installation down to a science and it’s done on the line to rigid specs. Truck and aftermarket dealers also have the experience, so it’s worth spending a few extra bucks to have the installation