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Old 06-27-2014, 01:29 PM   #1
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Another inverter question

I've been on shore power at my house, I got to my camping spot a few hours ago. I plugged in, with a surge guard. Everything looks normal at the post. I walk inside to slide out and turn on the a/c and notice my inverter is showing "fault". I tried turning it on/off but it doesn't do anything but blink "fault". Everything in the coach seems to be working fine.


What could be happening here?


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Old 06-27-2014, 01:40 PM   #2
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Mine just did this. You need to count how many blinks between pauses. That will tell you what it could be. You may just need to reset the inverter, or it may be something else.
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Old 06-27-2014, 02:24 PM   #3
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Thanks, it's blinking 5 times (internal problem) I tried resetting, still blinking fault. Looks like a trip to the dealership.


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Old 06-27-2014, 03:00 PM   #4
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First, I think you mean "converter," not "inverter."

Before you go back to the dealer (and before you leave this campground, if possible), go to Walmart, HD or Lowes and get yourself one of these:

GE 3 Prong Receptacle Tester: Electrical : Walmart.com

(If you google them, you'll find they run from about $5 to a LOT more, even though they look the same. Don't know why. In fact, at the bottom of this Walmart page you'll see one for $49.99, but it doesn't look much different than this one. I bought this one.)

I was at a state park campground 3 weeks ago and the power at the post was wired incorrectly, apparently. As soon as I would plug in, the breaker on the post would trip, even with all the breakers in the camper opened up. I could plug in a regular extension cord without the post breaker tripping, and run a light or fan from it, so I was really worried that my converter was toast. But I didn't have one of these testers to confirm the bad power from the CG. We ended up nursing the battery through the weekend.

The following weekend, different campground, I now had my tester. Checked the power first thing and it was OK, and when I plugged in, everything worked normally.
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Old 06-27-2014, 03:15 PM   #5
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Rock I do mean inverter. This is on a motorhome. I have a tester similar to that. All power in the coach is fine.


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Old 06-27-2014, 03:28 PM   #6
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I had the same "internal fault". Just held the reset for 15 seconds and all was well. Hope yours isn't anything serious.
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Rock I do mean inverter. This is on a motorhome. I have a tester similar to that. All power in the coach is fine.
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Old 06-28-2014, 01:17 PM   #8
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I had this happen last year and resetting didn't work for me. Magnum ended up sending me a new inverter. It lasted 24 hours so they ended up fixing mine and sending it back. There is a number in the manual for Magnum and their service guy was a lot of help.
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With no inverter you also have no 12v converter/charger for your house batteries. You need to be very careful as you need good house batteries to slide your slides in. My generator does not have a 12v charging circuit, so running it didn't help. I also couldn't get enough charge with the engine to charge the house batteries from a dead state. For this reason alone, I recommend everyone carry a separate battery charger. When mine failed during a weekend of boondocking, we ended up with no water, a refrigerator that couldn't run, and slides that didn't move.
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beipers - that sound a lot like tent camping!!! (lol). Thanks for the suggestion!!


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