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    Inverter Question

    I have a problem that surfaced this past week while traveling. Our inverter would not turn the refrigerator on once we disconnected from shore power. Worked fine on day one of traveling, but day two and day three it did not work. The green indicator light inside the coach is on, and I can see the indicator light on the inverter itself is on, but the refer is not? I want to trouble shoot the problem but do not have a clue where to start? I just had new batteries installed this past year, so I don't think that is the problem, but I'm not sure. I suspect the inverter itself, because I have other "power" issues when unplugged from shore power (see my post on level=up problems), but not sure how to troubleshoot it.

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    Re: Inverter Question

    Keith,
    Check the GFCI outlet on the top of the inverter. For some reason they like to trip for unknown reasons. You may need to use something like a pencil as the Reset has to be pushed pretty far in to latch.
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    Re: Inverter Question

    Keith,

    I agree it does sound like the GFCI on the inverter has tripped and needs a reset. As you're also having possible low voltage problems on your level-up system, I'd also check the voltage on the batteries both on shore power and with shore power off. Should be 13.2-13.6V DC when on shore power and 12.6V when disconnected. Truck should be disconnected when taking readings.


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    Re: Inverter Question

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    Keith,

    I agree it does sound like the GFCI on the inverter has tripped and needs a reset. As you're also having possible low voltage problems on your level-up system, I'd also check the voltage on the batteries both on shore power and with shore power off. Should be 13.2-13.6V DC when on shore power and 12.6V when disconnected. Truck should be disconnected when taking readings.
    Thanks Neale and Dan. Never thought of the GFI. I'll crawl under there this afternoon and try that. If it's not that then I'll check the batteries. Let you know what I find

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    Re: Inverter Question

    I had a similar problem after traveling 3 & 4 days.
    I installed a third battery and that solved the problem .

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    Re: Inverter Question

    Well, I was finally able to get into the front storage compartment to check out my inverter GFI outlet. I'm 99% sure it is tripped and I am unable to reset it. Neither the set button nor the test button will stay pushed in. The outlet for the inverter has the transfer switch plugged into it. As far as I can see, that is the only thing plugged in. I unpluged the transfer switch and tried to reset the GFi circuit, but it still will not reset. So, to my way of thinking, that means I have to replace the inverter. Before I go and spend all that money, I thought I double check with you experts to see what you think??

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    Re: Inverter Question

    It only resets when turned on.

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    Re: Inverter Question

    The inverter GFI can only be reset when the inverter is turned on and the trailer is disconnected from shore power.


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    Re: Inverter Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Terry H View Post
    The inverter GFI can only be reset when the inverter is turned on and the trailer is disconnected from shore power.
    Thanks Terry. That's one step I did not check. I made sure the inverter was turned on, but I did not unplug, or turn off the shore power. I'll try that step today.

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    Re: Inverter Question

    Not necessary to unplug shore power (remember, it's powered from your batteries) but the inverter must be turned on. It will likely require you use something to push the reset button as it has to be pushed pretty deep to latch.
    I believe you can replace the outlet only and not have to buy a complete new inverter. You would probably have to remove the inverter from the coach to get sufficient access
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